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Filling Your Walls With Your Photos

Obviously, the biggest perk to having a nice camera is the amazing images it can help you create. Too often, we upload these photos to Facebook or other image-sharing sites, and leave it at that. But wonderful pictures are meant to be framed! Creating a photo display sounds daunting, but once you find the right configuration of frames for the space you want to fill, you’ll find yourself taking photos with your new gallery in mind. In fact, I often switch out my photos to coordinate with the season (beach photos in the summer, Christmas lights in the winter, etc). It makes my walls timely and my photos are always new and fresh.

Since we moved into our house eighteen months ago, I’ve put together a few galleries, so I have some tips for you.

Choosing the right spot for a photo display is key. You want to hang your pictures in common areas where others can view and admire them. Prime locations are hallways and staircase walls, but you can make any space into a gallery:

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Once you’ve decided on your space, it’s time to create your display! There are a bunch of options to consider:

- Create visual interest by placing frames high, low, and off-center. Include different sized photos—grouping several smaller 4”³ x 6”³ and 5”³ x 7”³ images around a larger 8”³ x 10”³  or 11″ x 16″ frames.

picture wall

- Vary the heights and shapes of the frames within an arrangement while still keeping the display cohesive. The above is my hallway gallery, and you can see that I kept a common top and bottom line, but varied the frame sizes.

- To personalize your display, consider mixing in other types of art in your grouping such as fine art, memory boxes, or artwork by your children. I can’t wait to start putting some of Annie’s drawings up on the walls.

- Select the right frames: To make your photos pop (because they are the focal point, not the frame) simple combinations such as metal, black, or plain wood frames with neutral-colored mats are often the best choice. If you want a splash of color, match colored frames to a non-dominant hue in the photos you’re framing. Colored frames work well in neutral rooms. I make my gallery frames match when they are hanging, but when I do a cluster of standing photos I mix it up.

- If you’re gun-shy about hanging photos (like me), try hanging paper cut-outs first. It’s a good way to see how your arrangement will look without banging holes in your walls. You can create your own template, or you can buy pre-made templates at frame and art stores like Aaron Brothers or Michael’s.

Something to keep in mind: A digital photo is made up of megapixels, or picture elements. The more megapixels in a photo, the more details you will capture. This is important when you want to print your picture. If your image has a large number of megapixels, you can print high-quality enlargements. The good news is that almost all cameras these days come with enough megapixels to print high-quality photos, so don’t let the number of megapixels a camera has be the deciding point when purchasing. Also, beware over-cropping! I have cropped photos into lovely images on the screen that look horrible on paper.

Of course, the most important thing is that your display makes you happy! Photos are visual reminders of wonderful moments, so have fun picking the photos, and enjoy taking new ones.

A big thanks to Samsung for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

Would you like to win your own Samsung Galaxy Camera? Repin one of the photos from our “Holiday Memories + Moments” Pinterest board   with the hashtag #samsungmemories for a chance to win, or upload your own photo onto your personal board with the hashtag #samsungmemories. And from there, we will pick the top twenty photos. Contest ends December 31st, 2012.


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