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11 Artsy Ways to Display Family Photos

Dec 7 2014 - 11:36am

When it comes to family photos in home decor, there is a great divide between tastes. Some people hang too many photos while others avoid them completely. The good news? A middle ground does exist. If you struggle with how to balance sentimentality with good design, these photo display tips will help!

Source: Kimberly Geneviève [1] via Style Me Pretty [2]

Consider Backgrounds

While it may be your first instinct to place pictures front and center, utilizing them as a backdrop can result in amazing decor. This DIY family photo bookcase [3] subtly displays family history while serving an important household function.

Source: A Beautiful Mess [4]

Ditch the Nails

Forget all photo display "rules," and display your photos in unconventional spots. Rather than hanging frames on the walls, set up your favorite pictures below eye level.

Source: Melanie Acevedo for Domino [5]

Give Guests Other Places to Look

By situating your family photos near focal points, such as this art canvas and colorful bookshelf, guests don't become overwhelmed. Rather, they can feel comfortable perusing the pictures of your favorite memories without feeling nosy or intrusive.

Source: Kimberly Geneviève [6] via Style Me Pretty [7]

Keep It Simple

With photos of kids on social networking, it's better to choose a select few than to overwhelm viewers. The same goes for hanging photos of your kids in the home — choose your absolute favorites to display, then keep the rest in an album. Keep the presentation of the photos simple, finding frames and filters that match the room's color palette.

Source: Jacqueline Elizabeth [8] via Style Me Pretty [9]

Get Artsy

Try converting your favorite photos into eye-catching art, like this pop-art [10] take on a simple portrait. Another (free!) option for turning your photos into art is by submitting pictures to Reddit Gets Drawn [11], where artistic Reddit users will illustrate your images as practice.

Source: Ditte Isager for Domino [12]

Transfer Them Onto Wood

For a different take on the classic portrait, try transferring your photo onto a piece of wood [13]. This achieves a rustic look while unconventionally showcasing your memories.

Source: A Beautiful Mess [14]

Mix Them Into a Mood Board

Who said that family photos have to be displayed individually? If you have an inspirational mood board, add photos of your family into the mix. After all, nothing is more inspirational than loved ones!

Source: Brittany Ambridge for Domino [15]

Start in the Corners

Rather than splaying photos across your wall, mix things up by working out from a corner. To really make your corner gallery stand out, stick to a color scheme for the included photos. This fantastic example sticks to shades of black, white, and gold.

Source: Style by Emily Henderson [16]

Go Big or Go Home

If you have a photo that resembles an art piece, make it the focal point of your room. This baby photo is an excellent example because it demands attention without completely dominating the room.

Source: Patrick Kline for Lonny Magazine [17]

Build a Grayscale Gallery

Sticking to shades of black, white, and gray lends an air of uniformity and elegance to any gallery wall [18]. Get creative with frame sizes, then enjoy your impeccably styled family photos [19] as an ambient art installation.

Source: Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful [20]

Party With Polaroids

A Polaroid accent wall is a fun way to display memories symmetrically and stylishly.

Source: Domino [21]

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