What do you do with your photos at home? Do you have a photo display proudly on show in most rooms of your home? Or are they tucked away on a hard drive somewhere, forgotten because the mere thought of wading through thousands of photos fills you with dread?
At present I’m sitting somewhere between options A and B. Mostly because (at the time of writing) we haven’t been in our house very long (ahem, ok 2 years).
But I am finally getting organised to set up a photo display feature wall! Its a perfect way to brighten up a room, show off your photos, and its cheap and easy. As a bonus, it can even go up in a rental with no fuss! What better motivation is there to create your own photo display feature wall?!
Read on and learn how to get started, your printing options, and the easiest way to get them on the wall so they’re perfectly spaced!
So number one priority for this photo display was to print some awesome photos of my family. No brainer right?
But I was also looking for colour, movement, texture, close ups and wide shots. I wanted the photo wall to be dynamic and interesting, and to tell a story about a recent trip we’d been on.
If I had 9 squares of smiling faces of my kids it’d be cute. But it wouldn’t give me the same sense of who we are and what we love!
So I chose a bunch of images that I loved (way more than 9 initially), and cropped them into squares. Not all images will work as a square crop, but as a bonus that did help with the culling process.
Then I copied them into a power point presentation (I know, I’m old school! I experimented with multiple formations of 9 until I found a combination of images and colours that I loved. It actually took a good week of moving them around and swapping shots out. But it’s worth taking your time, because you’ll be looking at this photo display every day.
Ok, so you do have a few options for how you print your images.
Other options you might want to look into for photo displays are aluminum, metal, acrylic, stone and canvuas.
Alternatively Ikea and sometimes Target have square frames that are reasonably priced and look great!
However my top pic is foam core though because:
It’s best to take the time to plan your layout on the wall so that you get it beautifully straight! I have an engineer for a husband, and he was excited to get the spirit level out for this job, so I let him take charge.
I’d say it’s definitely easier as a two person job. However it was a very straightforward process to get 9 images perfectly spaced, and anyone can do this without help.
The first thing you need to decide is how big you want the border between the images to be. As I said my images were 16×16 inches, and we decided we wanted 2 inch borders between each image. So for the purpose of keeping it simple, lets assume you want your own photo display to have a 2 inch border.
So we measured out 2 inches from each side, top and bottom of the middle image and placed a dot in line with each corner of the middle image.
Then when you hang your remaining images, as long as they line up with the dots, your photo display will be perfect!
I’m feeling very inspired to get our new one assembled, so I’ll be sure to post you an update when I do!
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