You’ve Been Framed! Top Tips for Displaying Photos In The Home

Call me old fashioned, but I love a physical, printed photo. To me, photographs are paper memories.

As an interior designer, it’s my job to curate a room the same way a photographer curates a shoot. And here’s a secret- basic interior design is just as easy as snapping a camera.

Below are a few top tips to easily transform your mounted photos from dust collecting ornaments to stylish focal points in any room. 

Reflect on Your Room

Firstly, consider what will be the canvas for your canvas. Try to keep photos at head height, because this is the natural position that eyes gravitate towards.

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Think about positioning. If you’re dealing with a narrow area, say a skinny chimney, a portrait frame will fit naturally. Alternatively, if your wall is a wide open space, a landscape will help balance the respective area.

Be mindful of placing your pictures too close to bright lights or in areas that gather a lot of shadows, as these can drastically alter how an image appears. Consider investing in spotlights or backlights if you’re especially proud of your pictures and want them to stand out in the evenings. 

Focus on Your Frame

Next, we must match the photo frame to both the wall and the image itself. There’s a plethora of options here, but the biggest things to consider are:

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A photo can be too big for a frame, but it can’t really be too small. Consider a cardboard mounting inlayer to space a small photo within a larger frame. 

Muted tones and dark woods help your pictures fit to the room. Try to complement colours to the walls if you’re trying to create cohesion.

On the other hand, gold effects, elaborate designs, and materials can make your photo an eye catching focal point. It’s down to the tone of your room, and also your personal taste.

Lots of Photo Frames

Living rooms should feel alive. There’s a clue in the name. To convey both excitement and movement in your photos, group a collection of smaller frames together and hang them up so they stand independently. Don’t be afraid to display pictures of your family at their craziest, but maintain order by using the same style of photo frames, and keep them all spaced apart at the same relative distance from one another. 

The Power of Three

If your room lacks a natural focal point- say a large window or a TV, why not create one by dividing a landscape image into three large canvases. This could be a photo you’ve taken yourself- maybe of your favourite place, or perhaps a treasured holiday snap. 

While one canvas could suffice, breaking the image into three really adds to the grandeur of your masterpiece. Even if it is just a shot of the kids jumping into the pool!

No Photos

Sometimes, less is more. If you’re keeping it minimal, and really pushing specific colours in a room, say a dining room or a study, then do the following:

Forget the photos entirely. 

So there you have it! Some top tips for the busy photographer in your life. Feel free to adapt and ignore them at will, as the most important element of interior design is personal style.

This post was written by interior designer Anne Haimes. Anne is based in Henley-on-Thames, England, and has over 20 years’ experience of designing home interiors.