Once Mike and I made the decision to move (although who knows when that will be now), I announced I was going to fill our walls with my photography. Mike was on board with this announcement, such a smart man. Since then I’ve been obsessed with creating the perfect wall gallery. I’ve found some great tips and examples, and since I love sharing the wealth, I’m going to tell you about them.

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″ x 6″ and 5″ x 7″ images around a larger 8″ x 10″ frames.

– Vary the heights and shapes of the frames within an arrangement while still keeping the display cohesive.

photo courtesy of Robeson Design Studio

– To really personalize your display consider mixing in other types of art in your grouping such as fine art, memory boxes, or artwork by your children.

photo wall inspiration

photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

– 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.

photo courtesy of marthastewart.com

– 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.

picture courtesy of HubPages.com

Have you created an amazing photo gallery that you want to brag about? Upload your examples to the TSAM Photo Fun Flickr group so we can copy you I MEAN gain inspiration. (If you don’t have a Flickr account, just link to your photos in the comments).

Want more tips on creating photo galleries (including wonderful tips for stair displays)? You can find them here thanks to HP, my awesome photo partners.