You don’t need to be an interior designer or a fine artist, with my simple concepts you can give your rooms a touch of a studio. Human species is the worshipper of beauty indeed. I know you are in search of something extraordinary.
Some simple tools you need
- Nails or screws
- Hammer and screw driver
- Laser level and scale
- A soft pencil and rubber
- Paper and scissor
- And your choice of photo or painting, must be framed by professional frame maker.
Trial run of creativity
Turn your creativity on. First of all, I would like to say you do a trial run to accomplish the task in an organized way. Don’t destroy your beautiful walls by drilling holes on them. If you do so you may come out with a bad experience. The photo frames may not look fine in those positions. To solve this problem you should chalk out your idea first. Take some paper cut into the size of your actual photo. Add paper made frames on those photos. But how do you hang those photos? Simply get some putty or duct tape and use it on the back of your dummy frames then stick those on your desired position. Don’t mess with any kind of glue.
Lay the frames on the ground in a different arrangement and carefully watch which order will look better.
Believe me, with some simple and easy ideas you can change your walls to a beautiful showcase of creativity.
How to choose the right photos for framing
A million dollar question indeed. Some years back, it was quite simple to choose the photograph to be printed, because most of the shots were not of good quality. I today’s digital photography, photos are scoring 100 out of hundred. That means, if you take 10 photographs, it may seem all photographs are of excellent quality. And this is the advantage of digital photography. But will you print all of those? Certainly not.
- If you have a computer, make a separate folder, name it and make subfolders inside it, subfolders may be named by the genre of photography, like nature, food, black and white etc. This will make them easier to find and select for printing or framing.
- Choose high-resolution photographs; DSLR cameras produce high-resolution images. But some good quality point and shoot cameras with high megapixel are also good.
- Only choose photographs with correct exposure. If you choose any dull or overexposed photograph, you will end up with unsatisfactory results.
- Choose photographs with subject in the center.
- Choose right color photography that matches the color of the wall, on which you will mount them. Black and white or sepia photos should be mounted on white or off-white or completely dark color wall. Light colored photographs are suitable for dark color wall.
- Take digital advantage. If you find there is no space for framing, edit in Photoshop or in Lightroom (or get expert help). Put a margin in your photograph and keep some free space. Your picture should be of high quality otherwise it will pixelate as you enlarge it. If required, do some color correction that would match the background color of the wall.
- Keep attention on photo frames texture and color, these should match wall color.
If you want to display a group of photo frames in any geometric shape, I would suggest mounting the light colored photos on the top and placing the dark color photograph bellow. Photographs don’t always need to be framed, especially small to medium size photograph can be hung using photo wires.
Put similar type photos in a group. For example, if you have arrays of group photos, place them in a single row. This will create a dramatic expression. Do not mix black and white photographs with colored photographs.
Old photographs make us nostalgic, arrange them in chronological order so that they can tell a story. Do not make a mess with by mixing old and new photographs.
Maintain a good angle
If you place your photographs high above the wall they may not be noticed by most. I always suggest you mount them at eye level. But I generally mount them slightly higher than eye level so that kids can’t reach them easily. Showcasing photo frames in this manner draw the attention of visitors. Use some frame risers to hold the frame tightly.
Arranging photo frames creatively
Visit an art gallery sometime and observe how the framed photos and other artworks are mounted on the wall in different patterns. The idea is very simple. If you have many photos, try to arrange them in a diamond shape, place the largest one in the center or simply place in a row. You can also place them in cyclic or rectangular order. But keep it in your mind that all the photos should be of the same genre. This will give a rhythmic appeal.
Always maintain some gap in between two frames. This should be 1 to 2 inch, but there is no certain rule of gapping. Everything depends on the size and look of photographs.
There are some common photo sizes available in the market. Generally, medium to large size photographs is printed for framing.
5 X 7, 8 X 10, 11 X 14, 16 X 20 are some common photograph sizes. If you want large than these sizes, you will need a custom order.
Another way of display
If you want something apart from common man’s choice, place them in an unconventional way. Put a rectangular one side by an oval or place a slick one side by a square one. But always keep in mind there should be a rhythm in the sequence of color and shapes of photo frames and photographs. Otherwise, this would look ugly indeed.
Staircase display is an excellent idea. I always put a big one followed by three to four similar photographs in a sequence. Often I angle them in order to give a unique look.
How to avoid drilling holes on the wall
I have come across many people those who don’t like to destroy their costly painted walls by drilling holes in it. For them, a picture rod is a good option. If you have several good framed photographs or painting and you do not want to damage your wall by drilling several holes, this technique will serve you the best. It does require only two to four holes. Basically, it’s a hanger. You can hang your artworks on them.
Picture wires are another solution. It does require only two holes. It’s a substitute of picture rod. You can hang your pictures on them without frames. But certainly, both ways are not equivalent to the conventional way of photo wall display.
If you are still in doubt, get help from a professional interior designer.