DIY Inspiration: Create a Gallery of Frameless Photos

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No frames? No problem. Photographs, especially instant shots like Polaroids with their natural vintage styling, are plenty beautiful for display on their own. And when grouped together, the effect — which manages to be bohemian, artsy and modern at the same time — is multiplied.

Start with a crumpled shoe box of your favorite prints and Polaroids, sort out any of those embarrassing snaps from Spring Break 1999, then get started on your gorgeous gallery with these tips for displaying groups of frame-less photos:

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Keep some order to the display. A simple grid layout has a natural sense of balance and works in any configuration. Or you can get creative carving out a shape with your snaps, like the heart in the photo below from the out-of-print Cookie magazine.

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Go wall-to-wall... Small photos can cover a big space. Don't be scared to go floor-to-ceiling or wall-to-wall with a grid of smaller images. The uniform layout almost takes on the look of a print or patterned wallpaper. Photographer Tosca Radigonda took it one step further in this shot from Martha Stewart, covering the taped photograph walls in her studio with sheets of plexiglass.

...or just tackle a small space. You don't need to cover a whole wall if you don't want to. A bathroom wall or the front of a refrigerator (like Amy & Erich McVey did in this post from Design Sponge) is a great place to paper with small photos.

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Leave room to grow. This frame-less gallery is a collection of your favorite photos, so you can expect it to grow and change as you, your friends and your family take new favorite pictures. Leave a little room to expand your photos, working your way up a specific space, like the fireplace hearth above from James Merrell

(Images: Design Sponge, Cookie Magazine, Martha StewartJames Merrell)