Make family photos shine


Do you have family photos and artwork hung differently all over the house?  I have pulled together six of the best gallery wall layouts that will let your art and photos shine!

Once you’ve got your frame’s ready it’s time to move on to the hard part: hanging it.  I know, it sounds easy — just hammer a nail into the wall, right? — WRONG!  Once you start hammering away, there’s no turning back…and you don’t want to be stuck with a million nail holes because you didn’t plan it out!

Simply follow these examples and simple tips and you can’t go wrong!

  1. Inside the lines. Tape out a rectangular or square area that you’d like your photos to fill, and arrange them loosely within the borders of the box. This is an easy way to decorate an oddly shaped or narrow space.
  1. Above and below. Using a vertical line, arrange groups of photos above and below the line. Aim to cover about the same area above and below to avoid a top, or bottom heavy arrangement.
  1. Spiral effect. Use a large frame as your central picture and spiral out the rest of the frames from there. This works best with four rectangular frames and four square frames.
  1. Line them up. Arrange all of your photos along a vertical line, with the largest one in the centre. This works well in a space with high ceilings, narrow wall spaces, or on vertical structures like a beam or pillar.
  1. Centred. This simple, classic layout which requires minimal effort. Just choose one or two frames to centre and align the left and right sides with one another.  This works particularly well if you’re trying to highlight particular pieces of art.
  1. The perfect square. This simple grid is a take on the modern gallery-style layout. It’s a simple arrangement that has a big impact.  Just ensure your frames are matching in size and width for maximum wow!

Hanging Tips:

  • Use all the same coloured frames for a cohesive look.
  • Select black and white photos to create an understated, classic picture gallery.
  • Or mix it up with colourful frames and artwork – anything goes as long as you love it!
  • Layout all your frames on the floor, and play around until you get the configuration just right.
  • Next, trace your frames onto paper/newspaper and cut out the shape. Write on the front which picture it corresponds to.   Then you can use Blu-tack to pin up the paper frames on the wall, and move them around until they’re perfect.  Now you’re ready to start hanging your frames!

By Yvette Parker

Studio Y Interior Design