Picture walls are beautiful and can be a great way to build a montage of memories in your home. They can also be daunting and can seem tough to tackle. I mean, who isn’t afraid of hanging multiple frames in a way that looks artistic –and perfect— all at the same time?
The collage creations are worth the time…so we asked two two home décor experts for their top tips on how to create the picture-perfect look on your wall:
Pick the Spot Carefully
Lynn Dayton, founder and owner of Dayton Home, encourages us to be mindful of what pictures we are displaying in what rooms. She says, “For reasons of privacy and décor, think of creating personal photo walls in the kitchen, bedroom, office or a second floor hallway, as opposed to the front foyer, dining rooms or formal entertaining spaces.”
Keep the more personal photos to places in your home where people who would appreciate them
would go. Otherwise, put the more universally loved photographs in more public areas of your home.
Tisha Morris, a Feng Shui consultant and interior designer (www.tishamorris.com), suggests avoiding hanging picture walls in rooms that are already busy, since picture walls tend to be busy themselves.
Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz, the designer behind Shine By S.H.O (shinebysho.com) advises, “When planning a picture wall consider all the ingredients of the room: Does the room have wallpaper? Is the wall painted a pop color? Is there competing texture in the room with fabrics? Bold or quiet shapes in the furniture design? Evaluate all these ingredients and determine if the art will enhance the space of add too much confusion.”
Pick the theme which match your interior
Every great picture wall has a theme. “Consistency makes the best statement,” says Dayton. She recommends trying out pictures in chronological order, grouping black and white pictures together or color photos together, or sorting by “photo content or events.”
Family vacations and weddings are great examples of events to create a picture wall around. Morris remarks that while a Picasso painting may not go well with pictures drawn by your kids, she advises, “Feel free to mix and match styles of art within your theme for more depth and dimension to your picture wall collection.” She says, “The contrast of a pen and ink fine art print with a colorful, acrylic fine art painting would look great.”
Simple is always best. Pick the frames
Morris points out that having matching frames for all your pictures “gives a more clean-lined, gallery look. Whereas, different styled framing gives a more whimsical, cozy, and eclectic feel.”
Going frameless has become more popular in recent years as well, so experiment and see what works for the room you are working with. Dayton advises picking a framing style that will complement your already existing décor. “If you are hanging in the kitchen, perhaps a gold frame isn’t the best choice. If your room is very traditional, you might not elect to use a chic black and white look.”
Pick the Arrangement
To avoid making holes in your walls, try laying out the pictures in their frames on the floor and taking a picture of it so that you can follow the exact design you’ve been able to carefully consider.
For further guaranteed satisfaction with your picture wall, put tape on the wall in the exact dimensions of the frames so that you know beforehand how the arrangement will look with the space. Be mindful of the furniture around the picture wall—you may have to arrange around a lamp, couch, or other piece of furniture. Morris offers one rule of thumb: “The center of the collection should be eye-level.”
In the words of Susan Hornbeak-Ortiz: “Art is the soul of a house. It can be the anchor of a room and literally tie the entire space together. The energy will depend ultimately on the imagery you select to frame.” So start scrolling through iPhoto and get to work!
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