Family photographs often serve as a reminder of special moments spent with our loved ones. It is therefore not surprising that countless homeowners don’t think twice about decorating any available space in their homes with family photos in all shapes and sizes. While these snapshots definitely have a place in a modern family home, it can be a bit tricky to display them in such a way that compliments the rest of your interior design. From opting for bolder frames and giving height to your photo collections to optimizing horizontal spaces, here are a few things to keep in mind when adding family photos to your interior design.
Pick Bold Frames
Whether you have a pile of old family photographs that are ready to be framed or still have to browse through your digital images before printing your favorites, picking the right frames is crucial to your overall interior design. Bold picture frames can add a touch of drama to any room. If you are going for a minimalistic look with a singular focal point, opt for frames in a strong, contrasting color. If your décor style is more classic in nature, bulky, metallic frames are also a good choice. When picking frames, remember that it isn’t limited to just one style. Depending on your personal style preferences, you can mix and match your frames to your heart’s content.
Start Low, End High
If you want to make a statement that is impossible to ignore, create a photographic display that stretches from the floor all the way to the ceiling. Although any of your framed family photographs will work for a display like this, larger prints tend to make a bigger visual impact. These towering displays work particularly well in a very long hallway, on an accent wall in a living area, or on the wall adjacent to a staircase. You can use a variety of photos and frames to create the display or arrange them according to a specific theme or color scheme. If you really want to impress, use paint or wallpaper to add color, patterns, or texture to the wall before adorning it with your photographs.
Make the Most of Horizontal Spaces
There is a great misconception that photographs only really look stylish when hanging from a wall. According to another popular belief, standing photo frames only ever belong on a work desk. Thankfully, interior design has evolved a lot over recent years and it is now considered perfectly acceptable, and even very trendy, to display your photographs in standing frames on a variety of surfaces throughout the home. Places to consider include the mantelpiece above your fireplace, a sideboard, or even on your windowsills. If you do not have any suitable horizontal spaces in your home, install a few floating shelves or utilize unconventional spaces such as kitchen counters.
Our family photographs are often considered to be among our most valuable possessions. Luckily, with a bit of forethought, these photos can easily be included in even a modern interior design approach.