Your most precious moments in life deserve to be prominently displayed and protected for years to come. Creating a gallery wall for your home or office can be an excellent way to memorialize special family moments and bring a room to life. Below, we delve into how to display your family photos like a pro.
1. Determine a Theme
Conceptualizing and arranging the perfect gallery wall takes time. While not necessarily a permanent fixture, this is a project worth getting right the first time—think “measure twice, cut once.” A gallery photo wall is your chance to define your style while highlighting your most memorable lived experiences or to tell the story of your family history.
Some potential ways to group photos thematically:
- Travel destinations
- Family pets
- Hobbies or activities
- Family traditions
- Major milestones or rites of passage
The planning phase is an iterative process and will likely involve going back and forth between looking through your photos and conceptualizing theme grouping possibilities. Take your time and weigh your options. Examine colors and how the photos will look side-by-side. Your theme selection will ensure a cohesive look from picture to picture, frame to frame.
2. Make Your Photo Selection
Photo selection is everything! Take ample time browsing through those old family photos in that hat box on the top shelf of your closet or more recent pictures stored on your main computer. If you feel that you don’t have enough material to fill a wall, consider reaching out to close family or friends who may have photos to add to the collection.
The best family photos hold special significance and can call up warm feelings of love, happiness and admiration. Explore grouping your photos in creative and unexpected ways. For example, try arranging two family photos taken two decades apart next to each other for juxtaposition! Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be a visual adventure and feast for the eyes, thanks to your thorough planning.