The first time we heard the debate over displaying family photos, it struck us as a bit odd. We all have families, childhood memories, people we love, so why not have pictures of them in our home. But then we thought about homes where family photos are so much the focus, that it becomes a little awkward. You know, where nearly every wall bares photos of the couple kissing or a new baby posed in various cutesy outfits. Lately we've been on the look out for interesting and beautiful ideas for balancing sentiment and style when it comes to hanging family photos. Here are a few of our finds...
Most collections, family pictures included, look most purposeful and have the biggest impact when grouped.
For instructions on how to group large collections of framed photos, check out Martha Stewart's tip here, or Hp's extensive idea list here.
Lining the stairwell.
In my friend Ruth's family home, black and white pictures in small black frames pick up on bold the black and white tiles in the foyer below.
Small pictures in generous mats and uniform white frames preserve an overall feeling of crisp order even while displaying an abundant collection of pictures.
Staircases also make a great backdrop for people who like the laid back look of a casual, un-stylized photo grouping.
Gallery Style in hallways.
Hallways, like stairwells, are perfect places for large displays because they're often unused expanses of wallspace free from competing furniture, making them ideal for large collections of framed photos.
Neatly over the bed.
We like a good dose of order, especially to preserve a sense of calm in our sleep space.
Frameless in Unexpected Places.
Usually people reserve the mantel for more formal displays, but grouping snapshots casually without frames makes the whole room feel less precious.
On the Inside of Doors
For those with limited space, or those who prefer the look of clean walls to clusters of family member's faces, look for unexpected, unused spaces—inside cupboard and closet doors. In our kitchen, we borrowed my mother-in-law's tip for displaying holiday photo cards, wedding pictures, and birth announcements from family and friends.
(Images: 1: Mark Lund via Desire to Inspire, 2,9: Leah Moss, 3: Pottery Barn Catalog, 4: Southern Accents,5: Living Etc., 6: Martha Stewart, 7: Domino, 8: James Merrell)