The artwork in elegant homes isn’t displayed randomly throughout the home without thought. Each piece is selected carefully and placed purposefully in a specific location. The same thought and care should always be given when hanging family photos. The importance of family should be reflected in how family photos are displayed in the home. Here are five tips.
Choose the sizes carefully
The size and the layout of the family photos you choose to display are the most important decisions you will make stylistically. If you’re going for a symmetrical arrangement, you’re going to want photographs of similar size. If you want a mosaic or layered arrangement, you’ll want to vary the sizes of the photographs in your arrangement. You can then enlarge or shrink the desired photographs as necessary keeping in mind that larger photographs will need a high resolution in order to be enlarged.
Be innovative with framing
After photograph size and layout, how you choose to frame the photographs is the next most important thing. The frame should complement the photograph and set some kind of mood or atmosphere. A big mistake homeowners make is absentmindedly selecting a frame is the right size without giving any thought to how the frame will look with a given photo. Sleek, metal frames will give a display a modern, new look while elaborately engraved wood frames will create a vintage look.
Blend frames with the background
Though picture frames should complement the photographs, you don’t want the frame to draw attention to itself. It should blend into its surroundings. If it’s going to be hung on a single colored wall, the frame’s color should closely match that color.
Complement with ornaments
If you’ve got some photographs displayed on a shelf or some other surface like a cabinet or end table, you should accent your photographs with some kind of ornamentation. The ornamentation should be chosen carefully and should match the theme of the photograph. For instance, if you have a picture that was taken on a family outing to the beach, two or three seashells placed near the photograph will complete the look.
Don’t be afraid to be "artsy"
It’s your home, decorate as you wish. Certain rules can occasionally be broken especially if you want to create contrast with a particular photograph. You can go with a frameless photograph or you can have custom-made frames that have a unique color or design. You may even get a little artistic with the photographs themselves by having them digitally altered in a playful or bizarre way. It’s the quirky details that will make your home different from everyone else’s.
Source: Australian Times