Do Frames Differently: 7 Creative Ways to Display Your Photos
Decorating your house isn’t as easy as it may sound. There are tons of shows on TV you can watch where people flip the interior of a house in a week or less, leaving behind rooms that look like they were pulled straight from department stores. There are also endless magazines that display seasonal decorating ideas for homeowners and renters because everyone is always looking for the next big thing to make their living space look great.
Sometimes all you need to make a room feel like home is to hang some pictures. Putting up photos of your loved ones and favorite memories can change the entire vibe of a room, but how and where you put those picture up matters. If you hang photos in the wrong way, they stick out like sore thumbs rather than blending in pleasantly with the theme of the room.
The best way to make sure that this doesn’t happen with your pictures is to frame them correctly. There’s no one way to do this right because it depends on your space and what you have around the pictures. If you’re looking to hang pictures, it’s time to get creative and find different ways to display your photos.
1.Use Chalkboard Frames
Chalkboard frames are becoming more popular because they’re so handy and cute at the same time. You can even make your own chalkboard frames in a simple afternoon project. They’ll look great where you have high traffic in your home, in the kitchen or living room. Leave notes of love or reminders for your family on frames you can easily swap pictures in and out of as time goes on.
2. Order a Shadow Box
When you think of framing pictures, you might think of dropping by the store to pick up a traditional 4×6 frame. You know the one, with the stand in the back in case you want it propped up plus a hook if you’re planning to hang it. Frames are so much more than that though! If you get to know all the types of framing, you’ll have a better idea of how to display your photos.
One great way is to order a shadow box. Think of it as a frame that’s got depth to it. You might put a graduation picture in it along with the cap and tassel. They allow you to frame not only images but keepsakes from adventures or milestones. These look great in bedrooms and bathrooms, and family rooms as well, if your overall interior design is more family oriented and casual.
3. Make Bubble Frames
Why should all picture frames have corners? You don’t even need to leave your home to display your photos in a different and creative way. By cutting apart and gluing together cardboard rolls from paper towels, toilet paper and packaging you might get in the mail, you can create easy bubble frames that will make your walls pop. You can even paint the sides so they match with the colors of whatever room you hang them in.
4. Reuse an Old Door or Window
For those large, empty wall spaces where you want to hang pictures but you’re not sure how to really use all that space, try recycling home materials! At a local thrift shop, pick up an old door or window that has all the glass removed, leaving only gaps. Painting it, gluing cardboard to the back and then sticking pictures in the gaps will be a rustic chic way to display your pictures and cover wall space. Add coat hangers for extra usability!
5. Hang Canvas Frames
Sometimes what you think you need isn’t what you actually need at all. Go over to your local art store and pick up small canvases that are on sale. With a little bit of glue, you can paste your pictures to the center of the canvases and hang wherever you like! They already have a wooden frame in them, so you won’t need any extra supplies. They’ll especially look great if you have other artwork around the house as well.
6. Create a Photo Mobile
The idea of hanging pictures with string and clips is becoming more popular. Typically it’s done with photos hanging off a string of fairy lights, but you can take a more unique approach by making your own photo mobile. You can buy an artsy piece of wood or find a thick stick in your backyard for this project. Clip your pictures to long strings that are tied around the wood to hang at different lengths and you’re all set!
The thought of having to artistically frame pictures might make you want to run to hire the nearest interior designer, but don’t throw away your cash! There are easy ways you can hang pictures creatively to show off your personality while making your home look amazing. Consider what the overall theme of your home is. Is it modern, rustic or vintage? Maybe it doesn’t have a particular theme at all, it just looks and feels welcoming.
7. Put Together Barn Beam Shelves
Sometimes to get the photos to look just right, you need to think outside the frame. Maybe what’s off about the design is your shelving. You can make barn beam shelves to help photos pop, even if you keep them in intricate frames. The frames can do all the talking while the beams support the photos you want to show off to the world. Or at least to the visitors that stop by your home!
Whatever you decide to go with, don’t feel pressured to hang your photos in just one way all around your home. You can use frames, strings, cardboard or even an old door to draw the attention of your guests to pictures of your best memories without having them stand out awkwardly on the wall. Try different methods before officially hanging them to see which one works best for your space. You’ll find which one is right for you without needing to pay for advice or expensive frames.
Which display option is your favorite?
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!