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The How-To Lounge: Displaying Photographs

The first thing I do when visiting someone's home for the first time is look at his or her photos. Personal photographs say so much about yourself and where you came from, but the way you display them is just as important as what's in the frame.

To learn some framing tips, click here to

  • When it comes to picking the frame, remember less is more. Don't choose one with a fussy border because it will distract the eye from the image inside the frame
  • Don't over do it. Too many photos displayed on a nightstand or a dresser can look cluttered and sloppy, not to mention hard to keep dust free. Instead, choose your favorite images in your favorite frames and swap out the photos when you have new ones you wish to display
  • If you have scenery photos you want to frame, I like them blown up and displayed in simple wood frames either leaned against shelves or hung in multiples on a blank wall
  • If you wish to show fun party pictures or cute childhood memories, pin them on a bulletin board in your office, or put them on your fridge in the kitchen. Keep more sophisticated pictures in frames
  • Put all your other favorite pictures in a photo album to keep on your coffee table so people can still enjoy your memories

For more great idea's, check out Dress Your Walls month on CasaSugar.


Join The Conversation
pebby01 pebby01 9 years
i have three pictures that i took in norway (one 5x7 & two 4x6) that i wanted to get professionally framed, but i opted for a simpler (and MUCH cheaper) solution - i bought a floating frame with a black border from walmart. it looks like the 3 pictures are just floating in the glass. it's very elegant and pretty!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I have some awesome photos of scenery that I took that are all over my place! Everyone compliments them and thinks that it is real art haha!
anniemation anniemation 9 years
I've seen people display lots of littler, 3x5 or smaller photos by clustering them together over a mantle or a desk, all made of the same material, e.g. blonde wood or pewter frames. It adds a unity to the group of images and really makes a wall come alive.
looseseal looseseal 9 years
Something else that might be a good idea for tables... this frame/album combo thing I saw at Ikea. It stands up like a frame but it has pages so you can flip through it. I've been to a cafe that uses those things for their menu. Seems like a good idea.
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