Hanging and Arranging Photos on Your Wall



Take a good look around your house. Is it time to freshen up your walls with new decor? Don't worry, there is no need to go art shopping. Simply print and frame several of your favourite photos, or take your photos to the next level by turning them into canvas art! Today I will give you some tips for hanging and arranging photos on your wall to personalise and freshen up any room.


Tell The Story
A wall is a blank canvas for you to tell your story, so the first step is to sort through your treasured photos. Think of a theme that you want to express with your photos, like adventure or humor. Experiment with all colour photos, all black and white photos, or a combination of both to see what feels right to you. Make it a fun family activity by having each person explain why certain photos are their favourite. This is often a trip down Memory Lane, so share the experience! 


Choosing Frames and Accessories
Natural and neutral coloured frames help make your photos pop. You can choose similar-looking frames throughout the display, or get shabby-chic and use non-matching frames. Add in other art, shadowboxes, and mirrors for a more eclectic feel. Or, go with non-framed canvas for a clean, uninterrupted look.


Design and Display
When it comes time to arrange the photos, one option is to go more traditional and hang frames and canvases in a puzzle-like format. Try having a large photo in the center as the focal point, with varying smaller-sized photos arranged around it. Or, mix in collage frames with multiple photos. Make sure to leave about 2-3 inches of wall space between each photo. For a stairway area, hang the photos at eye level, and at an angle parallel to the stairs. When hanging photos above a sofa, leave 3-5 inches between the edge of the couch and the photos. A larger gap will guide people's eyes to the wall instead of the photos.


When arranging photos, don't be afraid to deviate from the timeline format. Instead, create contrast by putting old photos near new photos. Also, watch where the subject's eyes are looking, as they will help guide the viewer in their journey of the story. One fun design to try is to arrange photos so the subjects are all looking towards the centermost image.  


Other Display Options
Hanging multiple square photo frames in rows creates a rock & roll album cover feel in the room. Alternatives to hammering nails into your wall include hanging photos from rods on the wall, or placing photos along a photo rail or a shelf. Or, hang rows of wire, and use binder clips or clothes pins to hang photos along the wire. A bonus to this method is that it's very easy to swap out photos and change the room's decor quickly.



Time to Hang!
You might feel the need to quickly hammer nails into your walls, but taking a few extra minutes to prepare can save time and effort later. Use "stand ins" for the actual frames to avoid putting unnecessary holes in the wall. Format the layout of your frames on the floor, then cut pieces of paper in the exact sizes of the frames. Make a mark on each piece of paper where the nail placement should be. Then, take these paper "stand ins" and tape them to the wall with painter's tape, so you can move around the layout without peeling off any paint. Use levels and rulers to ensure photos aren't tilting. Once everything is ready, place the nail in the mark you made on the paper and hammer it in. Then, rip away the paper and start hanging your frames.



Digi's DIY Idea
I will use this section to give you various fun and easy DIY photo project ideas for you to try in your spare time! The first one I will talk about is a photo journal. All you need is a journal or notebook (or a tablet if you prefer), preferably small enough to fit into a purse or camera bag. Use the journal to write down all of your photography activities. For example, write about each photo shoot. Include the date, time, weather conditions, and location. Write about different subjects you shot, different camera settings or techniques you used, and notate the image numbers of some of the photos you want to edit or print. Over time, you will fill this journal with things you've learned, places you've visited, and experiences you've had with your camera!