We love nothing more than helping our clients to create a home they love to live in. Part of this process is ensuring that their home reflects their personality, lifestyle, and family.
On many occasions, our clients have captured memories of their families over the years that they love and would like displayed somewhere in the house.
There does however, come a point where there are too many photo frames and not enough surfaces! There are only so many frames you can have displayed on console tables, side tables, and bookshelves before the spaces become overcrowded and claustrophobic.
A really creative way of overcoming this within your home is to create a photo wall or a gallery wall! Today we are sharing the steps we like to take to create these and some fun and creative alternatives!
1. Choosing Your Photographs
The first thing to focus on is the photographs themselves. We always recommend selecting the absolute best and narrow down if possible. Sometimes this isn’t possible, and that’s okay! We’ll find a home for them.
It’s also a really good idea to have a variety of sizes. If most of your photos are small (5” x 7”) then we would consider having some of them enlarged or printed at a larger size. Photo walls with a variety of sized frames and photographs look more natural and creative than lots of little ones.
2. Choosing Your Frames
Similarly to choosing your photographs, you’ll also want to consider what style and color of picture frames you’d like to use. If you prefer a more curated and “put together” look for your home, choosing frames of similar style and color will help you to keep your photo wall looking cohesive in itself and with the rest of your home too.
If you’re more adventurous and love pops of color in your home, choosing funkier and colorful frames will add a really fun aspect to any wall!
We have gathered some of our favorites below.
3. Other Wall Fixtures to Consider
If the traditional route of hanging photographs in frames isn’t for you, there are many other creative ways you can add interest to your bare walls. Consider a staggered shelving display or 3D wall art. They are modern, fun and really different that people won’t expect from your space.
4. Choosing Your Wall
This is a step that people often struggle with – because there can be so many walls to choose from! If choosing which wall in your home should be used to create a photo wall, we have listed our favorite places below:
- A long hallway
- The staircase wall (photos displayed moving up through the house)
- A landing or corridor (above a console table looks great)
- Dining room wall (as a substitute for artwork)
- Small rooms, such are your downstairs bathroom if there is a spare small wall
- Study or library wall
You can be really creative with all of these areas. You could create a photo wall in almost any room of the house! But we believe that it’s the rooms you can be more creative and daring with the design (such as a dark, moody atmosphere of a downstairs bathroom or the staircase wall leading upwards) and can really add that extra bit of interest and quirkiness to the spaces.
5. Arranging Your Photographs and Frames
Next, you’ll want to decide how you’d like your photo wall arranged before you drill any holes or hammer nails in!
To do this, we highly recommend that you take a scrap piece of paper and start creating rough sketches of your wall. Play around with the sizes of frames (depending on the ones you have chosen) and also experiment with the arrangement. Create as many different scenarios or options as you like. You can even layout the photographs and frames on the floor or large table to help.
6. Alternative Ideas
The idea of hanging a large amount of frames – and getting them ALL straight! – can cause some tension for some of us. I myself always notice when a piece of art or frame is ever-so-slightly off, so I wanted to share with you some ideas if this is the case for you too.
You can still create a fun and creative photo wall, but instead of hanging the frames directly to the wall, consider installing a ledge shelf instead where you can layer different sized frames and prints that way. This is equally as creative as the photo wall because you can have fun in layering up different photos.
After following the steps above, you’ll be ready to get the DIY tools out and get to work! Have you created a photo wall in your home? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!