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25 Stylish ways of displaying your family photos

We all have family photos that we love. These usually constitute very personal decorations that can be displayed throughout the house. They make your home feel cozier and they give it character. Let’s take a look at some creative ways of taking advantage of these beautiful items.

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This one is a rather unusual and untraditional family portrait. The family members are only immortalized from their neck down. But, even though their faces remain unseen, they are very well represented by everything else.

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A few family photos displayed on the wall, above your desk or work area, can make this space feel more personalized. They can be made in black and white for a more artistic touch.

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In this case we have a bunch of small photos organized beautifully in a large frame. This method is nice in the case of travel photos. When organized like this they look like a giant negative. It’s unusual and original.

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Another interesting idea is to alternate black and white photos with color photos. Print them with the same dimensions and shape and create a symmetrical display on a wall of the living room. A wall adjacent to the windows would be great.

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Here’s another idea: create a few identical picture frames, larger than the photos you wish to display, and use background in different colors. The effect will be a little dramatic but still playful and casual.

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This is a very clever and original way of displaying old family photos. Find some simple glass bottles and insert the photos inside the bottles. The idea is similar to the classical ship in a bottle. They would look great on the mantel.

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Another interesting method would be to make some pin boards or bulletin boards and to use clothespins to hang the photos. It would work best with black and white photos.

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A similar idea is to use metal wires. Simply attach them to a wall and make sure they’re parallel. Then use some clips to hang the photos. It’s a very sleek and simple way of displaying your favorite family photos and it could also be applied to something else.

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Of course, we could never ignore the pallets. They can be used for anything, including displaying photos. Simply remove a few boards from one side of the pallet and a small shelf should be created. To complete this rustic image, add a few floral decorations as well.

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This is a very reduced and simplified version of the bulletin board we described earlier. The idea is to use a wire, rope of anything similar, attach it from two screws inserted in the wall and attach the photos using clothespins.

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This is a modern photo display. Notice that the shelf is long, sleek and simple. Also, the edges are high so that the photos can’t fall down. This method works best with large photos. Try to use black frames or no frames at all.

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If you really treasure your family photos and if you have many of them, you could create a photo wall. If the wall is white then the shelves should be white as well. This way the photos are the only ones to stand out.

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In a living room or dining room, a few family photos would make really beautiful decorations. They would make the atmosphere more intimate and the room cozier. For a modern display, use sleek wall shelves and place them asymmetrically, at different heights.

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This is a picket fence wall gallery. The photos are attached to wooden pieces that form a fence. It’s an unusual and creative idea and a way of making the room feel even cozier.

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In the dining room, a few photos displayed on the wall adjacent to the dining table would make beautiful accent decorations. They would complete the intimate atmosphere that is created when the whole family gathers to have dinner together.

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Black and white photos are very artistic. They make wonderful decorations for any room. Use different shapes and sizes and mix them to create an interesting composition. Choose a wall that you wish to turn into a focal point.

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If you choose a vibrant color for an accent wall, then a few photos would create beautiful color contrasts. Create an organized display and use photos that share the same typology. They would look better in black and white.

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Some photos could really change the look of a hallway. In such a narrow space, there’s not much you can do to make the décor stand out. But photos take little space and the best part is that you can hang them anywhere you want.

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In the dining room or in any other room for that matter, you can print your photos using special effects such as sepia if you wish to maintain the same color palette. The photos would also look vintage this way and they would blend in more easily.

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The staircase is a classical area for displaying family photos. That’s because it’s a space where you can’t use many other types of decorations. A large collection of family photos would look beautiful if you use the same type of frames but with different sizes.

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An ingenious and inspiring idea is to decorate your bedroom’s door frame with photos. Display them using tape. It should be a casual décor, not elegant or sophisticated. It’s nice to see your loved one when you enter a room and it’s also a way of using a space that couldn’t be used for anything else.

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This method is similar to the one that uses metal wires and clips. The difference is that, in this case, only one wire is used. The rest of the photos are attached to the ones above them. The same backgrounds were used for the photos and this way a symmetrical look was created.

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This is a rather traditional way of displaying photos. This is a home office and it features a portion of the wall that was covered with photos of the same size, shape and type. It’s a nice way of adding a personal touch to your working space.

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Picture frames of the same size and shape could be used to create an original and stylish décor. If you use rectangular photo frames you can alternate horizontal and vertical positions. It’s an interesting way of adding a modern touch to a rather traditional method.

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Snapshots are very interesting. They immortalize natural and real moments and expressions. You can use them to create large collections of photos and you can display them on a wall in areas such as the entrance, the hallway, the staircase, etc.

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Posted in DIY Projects on September 17, 2012

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