Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Creating a Family Photo Gallery

When it comes to decorating the walls of your home, displaying family photos can add a wonderful personalized touch to your space. There are many ways to showcase family photos. You can frame the prints and hang them on your wall, or you can set framed prints on shelves around your home. Mantels, bookshelves, and desks are great places to display photos. For a truly custom look, consider having your photos printed on canvas by a company like

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Here are some tips for transforming your family photos into an eye-catching gallery in your home.

A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

If you want to create a gallery wall in your home, the first thing you need to do is measure the space that will be dedicated to your images. A great way to visualize and plan how you will hang your pictures is to tape out the dimensions of your gallery space on your floor. With the space measurements in hand, simply recreate the dimensions on your floor with masking tape.

Now it’s time to consider how you will arrange your images in that space. Grab a roll of butcher paper and cut out templates in the sizes you’re considering for your images. With your paper patterns, test out several different arrangements on your floor until you’ve found the perfect look. Working on the floor like this before you start hanging your photos makes it easy to plan your space.

Finishing Touches

Take a moment to consider what you want your gallery space to look like. If you want a traditional feel, stick to the usual assortment of image sizes and use wooden frames. If you think you’d enjoy a cleaner look, consider skipping the frames altogether and having your images printed on canvas by a company like To really add a nice touch to your gallery, install some lighting that will highlight your images. Purchase a simple track lighting system at your local hardware store, focus the lights along the upper portion of your gallery, and you’ll have a professional, custom look in no time.

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