Frank (aka The Irish Samurai) shares his guest room wall treatmentSummer in San Francisco tends to bring on the houseguests, and so we've been thinking a lot recently about sprucing up the guest room. Trolling for ideas, we found this simple but clever guest room wall treatment and had to share. A while back, in preparation for an impending stream of visitors, Frank and his wife had to find a quickie way to make their Montreal guest room comfortable and inviting. Having made some wise furniture choices from Ikea, they decided to create a portrait gallery of their friends and family using their existing shots. A few Photoshop hours later... Honoring those who will stay in your guest room with a place on the wall is a welcoming gesture, and the simple design of this gallery is timeless. Black and white photos never go out of style; the consistency of the close-up portraits unifies the whole display. The arrangement of the frames in a grid above the bed eliminates the need for an elaborate headboard, and the grid can always grow as new friends and family join your circle.
Part of the brilliance of this idea is that it looks so chic, but would be super-cheap to produce. Frank used 5x7 Ikea frames, like the CLIPS frames above. They're only $2.99 for a four-pack! For more of Frank's photos, see his Flickr page (The Irish Samurai). Thanks for sharing, Frank!