A bonus of having an adorable child at home is that you end up taking photos, a lot of photos. Ever since my daughter was born, I don’t think there has been a single day when I have not clicked a picture of her. Sadly, what usually happens is that we take tons of family photographs, but we hardly ever print them out. Even if we do print them out, one hardly has the time to go through the albums and reminisce about the pictures. So most of the time, these gorgeous photographs just languish either on the hard drive of our computers or on the memory cards of our cameras or mobiles.
One of the projects that I always wanted to do for my new house was to create a wall display of photos or what is known as a photo wall. A wall which will display our family pictures and also be a focal point for the living/dining room area. I went through a lot of options and ideas to create my perfect photo display wall and I thought I will share the ideas with all of you.
Some tips to create a photo wall
- The wall photos should be displayed at eye level or at around 5 feet unless you have very high ceilings.
- Use similar-looking frames i.e don’t go for frames that are completely different in colour, size, design etc. You can vary the sizes according to the photos, just be sure that the final arrangement looks visually pleasing.
- Bring in a focal point. For our wall, it is the little white cabinet that is the focal point of the entire wall. You can also use a clock, a mirror, a vinyl decal quote, or even a piece of art as your focal point. This makes the display look like a part of the wall decor.
- Before putting in nails on the wall, be sure of the picture placements and the overall look you are trying to create with your photo wall.
I had the wall painted in a chocolate brown colour even before we moved in because I always wanted a brown base for my photo wall. We had a repurposed buffet table which was placed against the wall and which provided the base against which the photo wall was to be created.
Then I started my search for the frames. I thought about using individual frames first, customizing their sizes and designs. But the clean freak in me could not stand to think about the gazillion nail holes in the wall. When I saw the very popular photo collage frames that could hold 32 photos and needed only 2 nails for support, I was sold. I loved that it was a mix of horizontal and vertical frames, and it was pretty easy for me to change the pictures when I wanted.
Now comes the difficult part- choosing the photos I wanted to display. I went through almost 5 years of photo archives, picking out the cutest and most gorgeous pictures of our family. I wanted the theme to be family pictures, so no wedding pictures here. Instead, we have some beautiful shots of my daughter, my niece, me and my daughter, my husband and daughter, the kids together and so on.
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While ordering prints, I simply went to my account on zoomin.com and uploaded the pictures to a new folder. Printposters not only let me choose the size ( I used 8 x 8) and finish ( Matt) but they even tell me whether the photo I have uploaded will look good printed at this resolution. Many of my photos that were downloaded from social networking sites didn’t make the cut because of low resolution, but I am glad Printoosters weeded these out.
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I received the pictures in a sturdy cardboard package in just 2 days from Printposters, and to my delight, they even added a complimentary photo album to store the unused pictures.
Now all that remained was to put the pictures in the frame and display it on the wall. The whole family had a lot of fun while we took out the pictures, talked about how and when they were clicked and so on.
Finally, the frame was up on the wall and it looked gorgeous. All of our beautiful family memories and moments are captured on a single wall. What I love the most is the freedom to change the look entirely once we have a whole new batch of family photographs.
Our photo wall is everything I imagined it to be. It is a colourful focal point in our house. It is a conversation starter because anyone who walks into our house can’t help but look at the pictures and talk about them. Most of all, it has given a warm and loving personality to our wall and our home.
Here are a few more ideas and concepts for beautiful photo walls I found around the web
The yellow and blue combination creates a cheery effect on the photo gallery wall at
The black and white pictures create a striking effect on this gallery wall at
Make your corners come alive with photo frames like
Large frames and pictures create a statement photo display wall at
Use wall decals to make your photo wall even more gorgeous like
Stairways are a great place to display family pictures :
Some really cool picture placement ideas from
Here is a really cool idea from the printposters. Trace out your frames on paper and then use masking tape to create picture placement ideas without drilling any holes.
I love my family photo wall and would love to create more such photo displays in my house. To know more about how Printposters.in can help you make your photographs come alive, check out their page
If you have created a family photo wall in your house too, please share your experience through the comments below. Also, don’t forget to comment if you liked our photo wall.