Family photos are a wonderful way to preserving memories; they also make great decor for your home. The following are some tips for hanging family photos in your home to make them just right:
1. Pick your photos and frames first. Before you start trying to hang family photos, select the photos you wish to hang and frames for them. It’s a good idea to choose coordinating frames or, at the very least, coordinating mats, so that there is some uniformity within the group of photos you’re planning to hang as a group. The same frames can help make up for differences in picture colors and the like. This also allows you to hang all of your favorites near one another seamlessly.
2. Consider photo groupings. Groupings allow you to hang a group photo of your whole family, then “frame it” with photos of each individual you might have from the same shoot or event. It is a fun way to indicate time and also gives you an opportunity use smaller photos to fill a large space.
3. Choose your photos according to the wall space. If you have a large wall, larger photos work well as do groupings of several photos. However, if you do not have much space on the wall, a single photo or several smaller prints will be a better fit. Choose the size of print base on the wall space available.
4. Start with butcher paper. You do not want to put nails in your walls unnecessarily. Use butcher paper in the size and shape of the framed photos you’re planning to hang to help you determine the arrangement you’re debating before you start nailing nails into walls. This not only gives you the chance to make changes and determine how you want the photos arranged, it also allows you to try various arrangements. You can just use some stick putty or a piece of tape to put the paper on the walls. In addition, if you mark on the butcher paper where the hooks are that the photo will hang from, they can later be used as a guide for inserting nails.
5. Use a level. Once you have determined the photo arrangement, use a level to ensure that the butcher paper is even and straight, so your photo will be the same. Then, nail right through the butcher paper to make sure you get the nails where they need to be. If you have marked it on your butcher paper it will be easy to get all of your nails or picture hanging hooks in the right place so that when your photos are hung they will be straight.