Create a wall with photos of your family’s travels, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries and more, for all to see! Guinevere Sofer tells you how
Here is a great way to transform a dull wall at home into a centre of attention simply by using photos as well as a few nice frames.
With these few handy tips, you’re all set to take your great photos to the next level – your family wall.
Tip 1: Shoot Photos with Quality Cameras
Since you want the family wall to be beautiful, you should start with good quality pictures. I would recommend pictures taken with at least a Compact Digital Camera.
Their quality and higher resolution typically make the pictures sharper and richer in detail.
Tip 2: Choose a Wall
It can be the wall in the hallway, behind the dining table, in the kitchen, or at the entrance. Anywhere is fine as long as it is in a common family area.
However, do choose an area that isn’t too cluttered for the framed photos to stand out.
And, don’t worry, it doesn’t matter what the wall is made of (i.e. concrete, gypsum, etc.) as there are many inexpensive hooks and hanger solutions in hardware stores.
Just ask the hardware store assistant for advice.
Tip 3: Plan the Wall Space
No matter how you plan it, just make sure you follow a simple grid. The most important areas are in the centre of the space. Do note that the eye-level photos get the most views.
So, use a few large photos to “anchor” the overall space, and then cluster the smaller ones around it.
Tip 4: Use Quality Printing
To fill up the wall space, you will need to have a few large-sized photos, preferably A3 size or bigger.
Phone cam photos are terrible when printed. Their poor image quality is more evident when printed in high resolution.
Avoid using these photos for your family wall.
Once you have identified which pictures you want in which frames, have them printed. You can do it yourself with good printers such as the Canon Pixma printers, or send them to the photo hubs to print.
Tip 5: The Pictures Matter, Not the Frame.
Don’t spend a lot of money on frames. Look for bargains from dollar stores or IKEA and pick up simple, no-frills frames.
You can get them in various sizes for the different-sized photos but the materials they’re made of should (whether wood, plastic, glass or metal, etc.) be the same, or at least appear similar in consistency so that it doesn’t detract from the photos.
Tip 6: Leave Room for Future Photos
Don’t fill up every single space on the wall. Leave room for future photos from future milestones.
And, don’t forget to bring your Compact Digital Camera!