As I prepare to depart for Texas tomorrow in order to attend the Association of Personal Photos Organizer’s (APPO) conference, I thought it would be fitting to devote today’s blog post to the topic of photos. Specifically, I thought it would be fun to share some uber-creative and unique photo display ideas I’ve come across that ain’t your typical gallery wall. Not that there’s anything wrong with gallery walls…they are a classic and timeless way to adorn your walls with your most beloved images.
If you want to create a traditional gallery wall, there are a number of great DIY tutorials out there to assist you with the planning and placement process. Today, however, we are going to explore some photo display options that are a bit more “outside the box”.
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1. MIXED PHOTO AND ACCESSORIES WALL
This eye-catching wall display includes photos interspersed with art and wall accessories. You don’t have to be a photo purist…mixing things up creates serious visual interest. Just be sure to include some sort of unifying element that ties the entire collection together, such as a consistent color, texture or shape.
2. WIRE AND CLIPS DISPLAY
For the high school or college student searching for a cool way to display their volume of Instagram photos (for those students who actually print their photos), this method offers the perfect blend of functionality and kitsch. Simply string a piece of wire, twine, or thin rope across the expanse of your wall and use clips to secure the photos to the wire. You can purchase ready-made photo wire/clip kits designed specifically for this purpose. This method of display enables easy change-out of photos; it works great for more casual rooms in the home, such as playrooms, craft rooms, or even some family rooms.
3. PLANK-MOUNTED FRAMES
Talk about a statement-maker! This set of gorgeous handmade photo frames mounted on planks is available at the Project Cottage Etsy store. I envision these being displayed prominently on a fireplace mantle. Can you see it?
4. PHOTO COLLAGE WALLPAPER
Have you heard of WeMontage yet? It’s a company whose motto is to “live beyond the frame.” Upload your digital images to their website and create large-scale photo collages in the form of a removable “wallpaper” that easily adheres to your wall. This method of photo display is a terrific option for spaces in which hanging photo frames is not practical.
5. HEART-SHAPED COLLAGE
Since Valentine’s Day falls at the end of this week, I couldn’t resist wrapping up with this simple, yet powerful display option – affixing a collage of photos to the wall in the shape of a heart. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to create your very own heart collage!
Displaying cherished photos is a powerful way to make your house feel like home. I hope that you come away from this post inspired to embark on your own unique photo display project. If you do, please return to the blog and tell me about it! I’d love to see a photo of your completed project!