Surrounding yourself with your favorite memories, like the ones from your wedding, is one of the best ways to make your house truly feel like home. With your photos of family and friends displayed in your living area, bedroom, or hallway, you won’t soon forget the amazing adventures and wonderful relationships you’ve been so fortunate to have. This way, you can share them with others.
There’s no doubt it’s a great idea, the hard part is just figuring out where to put them and how to integrate your pictures into your decor. To get your inspiration flowing, here are 5 creative ways to display your favorite photos:
In a Gallery Wall
If you have a wall with a lot of empty space, a gallery wall is the perfect way to fill it with an interesting arrangement of wall decor. Typically, a gallery wall combines a variety of different types of decor to create an eclectic effect. In addition to a few framed photos, you can also include:
- A clock
- Wall decals
- Fine china
- Acrylic shapes
As you can, the possibilities are virtually endless—it really comes down to just your taste and some artful juxtaposition.
Print Them on Canvas
Instead of a traditional glossy photo, you can make your favorite memories into a work of art by having them printed on canvas. If you think canvas is outdated, you’d be surprised to find that there are plenty of modern options like metal canvas prints that can add a touch of elegance to your home.
Hanging from String Lights
For a more whimsical and warm feel, bring some indoor string lights into the equation. These are especially popular for teens and college students because they create a relaxing ambiance and give them a way to post pictures of their friends. They can place their string lights over their bed, above their workspace, around their vanity, or anywhere else they want to add some soft lighting. Creating photo string lights also makes for a fun DIY project. All you need is:
- A set of string lights
- A few retro-style mini prints (Polaroid photos work great for this too)
- Spray paint (pick a hue that matches your decor)
Once you’ve spray painted your clothespins, attach the photos between the lights. Usually, more is less in this case.
Nowadays you can basically have your pictures converted into any format you want, including magnets. If your fridge is looking bare now that the kids have left the nest, you can recreate some of that proud parent magic by turning your favorite memories with your children and grandchildren into magnets.
This also makes for a fun addition to any college dorm (as long as there’s a kitchenette or mini-fridge available, of course). Not sure what to get your niece for her birthday? Ask her to send a few links of her favorite Instagram photos with her friends to you and all you have to do is send them in, the printing company will take care of the rest.
Combine Them into One Block-Style Print
If you have a lot of great photos from family outings, your travels around the world, or nights spent out with friends, that you have a hard time choosing just a few, you’ll be relieved that you don’t have to. Instead, you can take a bunch of mini or smaller-sized photos and create one big block-style print. If it sounds complicated, we can assure it’s not really, just follow these simple steps:
- Select a large frame
- Purchase a matte board that will fit inside the frame
- Print your photos
- Carefully place the photos in rows
- Attach each photo to the board
- Place the matte board in the frame once it’s dry
- Find the perfect place to hang it up
This collection of your favorite photos will look great over your couch, as a headboard alternative, or an accent in your home office.
When it comes to getting creative with hanging your photos, the sky’s the limit. How you choose to print, frame, and display your photos should coincide with the theme of your overall interior design. If it’s ultra-modern a gallery wall will likely be the most fitting, if you’ve created a warm homey feel, magnets will fit in perfectly. At the end of the day, it’s really just about finding a way to enjoy your pictures in a way that looks good to you.