When hanging family photos in your home, it’s a good idea to give some thought about where you put them so that you’re able to show them in their best light and showcase your family at the same time. The following is a set of tips to help when hanging family photos:
1. Choose the right space. When hanging family photos, it is important that you choose the right space in your home. While you may have a great wall space in your bathroom, this is not the ideal place for a family photo. If you know which photos you want to hang, choose a wall space that fits them. If you have a formal family portrait, for example, it would look great in a formal sitting room. However, a beach picture that would look out of place in a formal sitting area would work well in a casual setting such as a family or game room.
2. Choose the right photos. The photos you pick will make a difference in how well hung the photos are. If you have a large wall space, you may want to hang a large family portrait as well as individual photos of all the subjects in it.
3. Choose the right frames and mats. If your favorite family photos don’t go together well, but you want to put them together, putting them in matching frames is a great way to achieve uniformity. If the photos are in different sizes, use mats to create even more uniform.
4. Consider groupings. Hanging photos in groupings makes them a more interesting focal point. A group of photos will draw attention and invite your friends and family to spend time lingering over the grouping and the story it tells.
5. Do a trial run with butcher paper. When you want to hang family photos, simply hammering nails into the wall without a plan is not smart. A better choice would be to cut out butcher paper in the sizes and shapes of the photos. Arrange and re-arrange it on the walls until you are satisfied with the spacing and grouping. If you mark on the butcher paper where the hangings are, you will find it is easy to place your nails. In fact, you’ll probably do a picture perfect job hanging every time.
6. Use a level. When you get ready to hang a picture, use a level first to make sure you’re hanging it straight and centered to its space.
7. Put photos in the spotlight. A photo hung in poor light is a bad photo. Art galleries spotlight their works of art. Light gives them sparkle and pop and as well as an air of importance. The same should be done in your home.
If you do these things, there is a good chance your family photos will be the highlight of your home.