I love photographs and love photography as an art form. This is probably a good thing since I have worked, and may again, as a professional photographer. When I was very young, my parents owned a photography studio. As a result, I have boxes full of wonderful black and white photos of me and my family. I consider myself very fortunate to have these visual reminders of my youth. And, I enjoy knowing, and think it is kind of cool, that a much younger version of my mother, or father, not only took the photo, but also developed the film and made the print by hand. That knowledge makes the images just a bit more special. I, in turn, have taken hundreds of photos of my own children. Hopefully, they will cherish those, as much as I cherish mine.
I once read that the key to successful interior design is to surround yourself with stuff you love. As noted above, I love photographs. More importantly, I love everyone in these particular photographs. That makes for a decorating win-win!
Today, I thought I’d share some tips on how to display photography in your home.
1. Dedicate an entire wall, be it along a staircase, in a hallway, or in an often used room, for the display of favorite photos. If the images are of family members, try to mix generations and styles of photography.
2. Display photos that offer variety in terms of size and shape, but keep the process (black and white/sepia, or color/hand-tinted) consistent.
3. With large groupings, you don’t have to use a mat for every photo, but if you do, keep the mat color the same throughout display. The same holds true for the color of the frames. Feel free to mix textures and styles of frames, though, as doing so helps to create added interest.
4. When hanging art, photography or otherwise, the general rule of thumb is to stick to an odd numbers of pieces. A photo collage, such as the one below, is an example of how to do that in one contained space.
Collages, are not only affordable (due to smaller size of prints that are used), but they offer a great way to capture, and feature, the precious, itty bitty body parts that before you know it, will not be either precious, or iitty bitty.
5. If you walked around a corner in my house, you might just run straight into this:
A photo of Annie, our beloved English Bulldog. She was a cute baby, wasn’t she?
I took this shot using 35 mm film and then a digital lab created the larger than life print. Matted and framed, it measures over 5 feet wide and over 4 feet tall. In our prior home, this Annie’s photo hung over a red sofa. And let me tell you, it was quite the conversation piece.
When it comes to displaying photographs, my best advice is to not be afraid to think–and go–big!
*Sung to the tune of Turning Japanese (By The Vapors).