How to Decorate with Photographs

How to Decorate with Photographs

A picture speaks a thousand words and when it comes to your walls, it can convey a million emotions, shades and moods all in one simple frame of art. The photo frame that adorns your walls could be a simple family photograph, a work of art or even a painting of your 5 year old that has been framed. What you chose to hang up there shows who you are and can often change your mood. Decorating with pictures though is not about crowding the interiors with everything and anything that is framed. Here are few simple, easy-to-follow tips that will enable you to transform the space that surrounds you and will give you ample opportunities to experiment. So how do you decorate with photographs?

Shop for art by room

It is essential to understand that every room in your home cannot have the same shades, colors and textures when it comes to photographs on walls. Just like each room has a specific task and mood, so should the pictures that hand on its walls. You could pick photographs and art that are mellow and tranquil for your bedroom and other places where you rest. Cool blues go well with office space, while bright cartoons and lively reds and yellows are great for kids’ rooms. If you have a gaming room then get some photographs framed which run on the gaming theme. The point being, your pictures must enhance and blend in with your own mood when in the room.

Chose your style and keep the theme running

It is advisable that you chose the way you want to go early and stick to it. If you want a simple minimalist and futuristic theme, then get your photographs done in black and white before you frame them. This matches well with modern living rooms that use a lot of white, black and grey. A retro-styled kitchen or bedroom could use the pictures with bright reds and vibrant greens. Contrasting does not always go well with art work on walls, so it is better to stick to a theme. Your theme could be also something creative like romantic mood with lost of scarlet, eco-friendly with plenty of nature or anything else that appeal to you.

Mix photographs with stuff that is not framed

This is a wonderful little way to highlight an old antique that is precious, a collectible that you are proud of or even just something that you would love to showcase. Surround a central piece that you feel is important with wall art and that will enhance the beauty of the room and the importance of the centerpiece. For instance, if you have a basketball signed by Jordan that you would like to showcase, a few basketball snaps around it might be cool. You get the idea… you can improvise on that.

Arrange your pictures with a central focus

With most modern homes taking different shapes and patterns, it is essential to figure out what suits best for the look of your home. Most often, one can hang pictures on the wall behind the couch, but you can change that and can also put it in long corridors. The pattern can vary from arranging in clusters, in a row or simple in an ascending and descending pattern. Sometimes the best thing can be a single large frame. It can vary with the dimensions of the room.

Proper lighting and good care

One of the most essential things when it comes to decorating with framed photographs or art work is the lighting. The perfect lighting can really bring the best out of what you have and can increase the beauty of the room immensely. Make sure the lighting is tranquil and does not create a glare in the pictures. Keep them away from sunlight and keep them clean to make sure the best out of them.

Take care of the little but important things

As silly as it might sound, pick the right hooks for your photograph as they need to support it for a long, long time. Use the right spacing and style without trying to fit too much in too little. Remember that more is not always necessarily better. If you have glass walls around your home, then hanging a few photographs on them can really accentuate the beauty and they also act as the perfect dividers for rooms. Sometimes it is the simple things that make a big difference.

Decorating with photographs is a beautiful way of giving your home a very personal and sensitive look. It says that YOU live there and that you care for the place. They not only make for personalized accessories, but often give you memories that you cherish for a lifetime!


  • reds January 13, 2009 at 09:57 AMLogin to Reply →

    yeay to more home decorating tips! loving it

  • tonya January 14, 2009 at 04:47 AMLogin to Reply →

    I am **loving** this!! Thank you!

  • Kitchen set January 14, 2009 at 05:35 AMLogin to Reply →

    I think what you’ve done great. I like the idea of maybe some abstract art. Frames should be simplistic so as not to fight the art,but to soften and compliment it.There again,a deep pewter would serve you well.

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    I love decorating!!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jenny Stewart January 15, 2009 at 01:23 AMLogin to Reply →

    As a photographer, I love this article!

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    Thank you for your input on the subject!

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    This is a beautiful idea to hang many pictures using regular clothes pins. I actually get tired of looking at the same pictures for too long, but if you hang them up in frames, just the thought of how much time it will take you to switch the photos makes you postpone it forever. Thanks for the great tip!

  • Portrait Photographer February 27, 2010 at 20:32 PMLogin to Reply →

    You have some great advice on showing the beauty of photographs in your home.

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