How to Arrange a Photo Wall
Photo by threeyobs
That is so fun!
Planning and committing to arranging a photo wall is a big project. CafeMom threeyobs says, "I've had that wall planned in my head for about two years. I'm so happy that is finally real!"
Shutter Sisters founder and photographer Tracey Clark recently admitted, "My family and I moved into our house over six years ago, and it wasn't until last week that we hung a photo gallery on our family room wall. Six years."
Wow, I'm not feeling so bad about my inability to commit to doing my next photo/art wall. In ten years, I have completed one art wall and one family photo gallery (which I now want to redo). But lately, I've been deeply debating doing a super-simple interchangeable photo wall with cheap IKEA Clips frames or something more spectacular, inspired by artist Lisa Congdon (click to see her art walls) and photographer friend Rachel Saldaña's kitchen wall.
If and when you are do commit to arranging a photo or art wall, follow these simple rules:
- Group photos with photos and art with art (but remember, photos can also be art)
- Photos tend to work well in themed groupings — family photos, nature photos, etc.
- For a single grouping, pick frames that complement one another: stick to one or two frame colors, materials, and styles.
- Lay out your framed pieces on flat a surface the size of your wall (I often use my bed) and play with their arrangement until it feels right (some more hardcore DIYers even cut out paper templates of each frame and order and reorder them on the wall until they are content with an arrangement; this is too much work for me).
- Remember, there is no one way to arrange your photos/art. Some people prefer clean, straight edges and a symmetrical balance to their arrangements; others prefer more of an organic, natural organization. Both can be nice.
Ready now? If it's been six or even two years that you've been thinking about committing to a photo wall project, maybe now's the time to make it happen.
Do you have a photo or art wall in your home? Tell us about it.