They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and fortunately, creating a photo wall in your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Buying art to fill bare walls can be expensive, so using your own photos can be a great alternative. Some time and effort will be involved, but it doesn’t have to be hard.
The collection process involves going through your photos and what frames you may have. If you use what you already have, you can minimize the amount you spend on newer frames. Don’t worry if none of them match. Sometimes having an eclectic style can benefit the overall look of your photo wall. Plus, you can always spray paint them to match. Of course, you have to figure out what photos you want to display first. The process can be tiresome, but with some editing you can end up with a reasonable number of photos to display.
Now that you have your photos chosen, you need to find a place to hang them. For some people, they may chose to utilize a staircase wall or space in the dining room. Whatever the wall may be, consider the scope of your project. How much of that wall do you want to fill? Take measurements of the area so that you know how big you can go with your frames. It might be a good idea to take a picture of the wall as well so you can plan your layout.
Focus and sizes
Ask yourself this question: is there a photo or two you want to stand out from the rest? Having such a picture can give you a starting point for your photo wall. It may require getting enlargements done, which can add to your cost. However, many photo stores have deals for such projects and it just takes a little research. Once you have your main photo, you can build on from there.
Just looking at other people’s photo walls makes you wonder, “how on earth did they do that?” There are some interesting configurations out there for displaying photos that seem complicated when you look at it. Others are very simple in their layout, almost blocky, one could say. What is the secret to achieving this look? The answer is templates. Take a moment to look up photo wall templates online and you will find a slew of templates out there for you to use. One template kind of looks like a butterfly, with one large frame in the middle and smaller ones arranged on both sides. There is a flow that carries the eye from picture to picture. Of course, you don’t have to use an existing template if you don’t want to. A great tip is to trace all your frames onto butcher paper and cut them out. These paper representations will allow you to physically map out your photos right on the wall with some tape.
Once you have everything mapped out, all you need to do is hang it. Right? Well, hanging photos requires a little finesse. Make sure you have a level before you hang anything, as well as a pencil and a ruler. Measure the distance between the top of the frame and the hook so that you can draw a small mark on the wall first. This will decrease the number of holes you have to make in your wall. It’s also a good idea to have another person helping you when you do this. They can hold onto the ladder and judge whether or not a picture is straight.
Creating a photo wall doesn’t have to limit you to just photos. Try adding a mirror or framed memorabilia to the mix. Wall quotes and wooden letters can add interest to the overall look, as well. No matter what you do, the end result will be unique because they are your photos in your home.
By Meagan Dieroff