Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How-To Create the Perfect Photo Wall

I just recently completed a project I started 6 months ago, creating a photo wall in my house and I couldn’t be happier with the finished results. This project went on so long because I had no guidance, so I want to help others who would like to create a wall of memories but don’t know where to begin.

There are three major components to think about before taking out the hammer and nails: 

1.) What do you want your main focal point to be – your middle of the wall, build everything around that photo (your focal point can also be a quote, an initial, a monogram or whatever else you would like). Mine is a photo to canvas of my husband and I from our wedding.

2.) Deciding on a theme for your frames – rustic, metal, glass, antique, all one color, etc. – I went with the distressed look for my frame choices.

3.) Finding the right balance. What I mean by this is finding the right balance between frames, photos (horizontal and vertical), any three-dimensional pieces you would like to incorporate onto your wall. I never realized how few photos I have that are vertical until I began this project. A majority of my photos are horizontal, but the way I managed to arrange everything on the wall works perfectly.

Once you have considered the above, it’s time to start looking through your photos for the ones you want to include on your proudly displayed new photo wall. For me this was the most difficult part, deciding which photos make the cut and which don’t. I love taking pictures so the choices were endless. I will be married two years this May, so for me having a well-represented group of pictures from the wedding was important to me. From there I accumulated a great mix of family, friends and travel to round out the mix. 

In addition to photos, I purchased a wood letter “S” (for my last name) at the craft store and wrapped it in a pretty paper and mounted it to a unique frame. You can also paint your letter, cover it with glitter, wallpaper or anything else you can think of. I also wanted my photo wall to have some quotes and words mixed in with the frames. Home Goods always has a great selection of quotes mounted on canvas. 

Once the stage is set (a focal point is decided on, framers are purchased, pictures printed and three dimensional words/quotes are bought) it’s time to start laying this out on the floor to see where you want to place everything. Start with your main focal item and work your way out. Don’t get frustrated if you don’t like your initial lay out, or pat yourself on the back if you laid it out perfectly in one try. 

After that, it’s time to get started. Measure your wall where you would like the photos to go. Decisions to be made here: how far (width wise) on the wall you want to go and how high (from the ceiling) and low (from the floor) you want to start and end. Try to keep the span of your photo wall in some type of a range. What I mean by this is, work on creating a horizontal line with your picture frames, both at the top and bottom of your display.  

Now it’s time to get out that hammer and nails and start hanging. Note – once we started hanging the middle focal items and the frames surrounding it, our original layout and design we created on the floor in our spare bedroom changed (and that’s okay!) Once you’ve gotten the core of your frames up on the wall it’s okay to deviate from the plan a bit.  

Happy hanging – I hope you enjoy your photo wall as much as I’m enjoying mine!

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