Flickr Finds: Guest Room Portrait Gallery

Frank (aka The Irish Samurai) shares his guest room wall treatment

Summer 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.

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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!