Creating a Balance when Displaying Photos in the Home

The featured photo is a balanced picture frame wall, which is a nice accent. However, we sometimes find it a bit overwhelming when there are so many picture frames around the home. We love framing our photos of friends or favorite moments and scattering them around the house. It is hard to distinguish what photos get framed and which ones take a back seat and end up in the photo album instead.

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We have friends whose homes showcase every moment of their lives in photos in every room, including the half bathroom. Maybe you disagree, but we find it awkward to have a photo of “Mary and Joe” staring at us when we would really like to have a moment of privacy in the bathroom. On the other hand, we are puzzled when we are welcomed into someone’s personal domain and there is not a single display of photos - no family photos, friend photos, nothing.

We personally prefer a balance to the quantity of photos displayed in the home. We put together a list of suggestions that we find helpful.

Suggestions for a Balanced Display of Photos:

  • Rotate Photos: Ever so often we rotate the framed photographs, putting some of the displayed frames away while taking out new pictures.
  • Purchase a digital picture frame: Recently we bought a digital picture frame for a good friend of ours who has a passion for photography. He loved the idea of easily uploading the pictures and its ability to hold many different photos.
  • Display photos on your computer screen saver: We sometimes change our computer desktop image to a personal photo. However, it is also fun to create a slideshow of images to use with your screen saver.
  • Display a photo album on the coffee table: With the plethora of digital cameras taking over electronic store shelves that previously stocked traditional 35mm cameras, some of us have stopped purchasing photo albums. I remember as a child staying up late to look at my mother's photo albums of old family pictures. The digital era is very convenient, but there still is something to be said about physical photo albums.
  • Share your photos on Flickr: When we have a fun weekend out at a party or the beach, we want to share our photos with friends or frame the pictures. Flickr is a great option for sharing photos with friends and storing them for personal viewing.

Last fall, we polled our readers to find out how they were storing or displaying their photos. Find out what others are implementing in their own homes.

(Images: As I see it... blog, Smokeye blog)

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Marcia is an interior, portrait, and travel photographer and has photographed over 50 homes of creatives. Her photographic style is capturing her subject in the most natural state and creating an emotional response.