Don’t Get Hung Up – Tips on How to Hang Your Photos

Shoe boxes filled with photos that have to be framed have been sitting in your closet for years. Sound familiar? I confess, I’m one of those people with watercolors from my travels, and treasured black and white family photos that have yet to be hung.

No better time than Spring to get to it and tackle the backlog of “to-do’s.” Family photos are a great place to start. In this living space,  I worked closely with the client to carefully select treasured images of the family that would then hang in their family room. It was an emotional journey which I was privileged to share and experience with our client.

My first step was to measure out the wall area which would be covered with the images. We decided to go for it and create a dense collage of similarly framed photos which were both black and white and sepia. Photos in color that we loved were converted by the Art Framing company into sepia or black and white. We were also able to alter the size of some of the prints based on where we wanted to place them.

Because the collection was meant to be dense and busy, I chose to select about six different frames and mattes, that were all the same color tone, but different weights , thicknesses and shapes. This kept a consistency throughout the collection. Mirrors were also made to break up the monotony of the photos and add a sparkle to the collection.

When creating a collection of art on your walls, it is important to realize that the eye is always looking for a line or pattern; you must give a cohesive look to the collection, and the first way to do so is by creating a rhythm. I picked the top and sides to be perfectly lined up so that it looks clean, and the “random” feeling comes from the unmatched lines within the collection.  Just like a carefully tousled hairstyle which is meant to look as though there was no effort in putting it together, this process took hours–about 16 to be exact–just planning where to hang, measuring,  and then hanging. Patience pays off though, and the finished look provided a true family room, where everyone is represented and part of the daily life of the family members.

Thoroughly inspired to get into your photos and art? Lay them all out on the floor or large table, just as they would hang on the wall. This will give you the ability to create a time-line or theme if you wish to do so, and it’ll also help you visualize the finished product on the wall.



— Keep your photography all color or all two tone–this will give harmony to your collection

— Turn favorite color photos to black and white and size them up or down as required

— Use frames and mattes that are of similar styles in order to make the collection focus on the photos

— Vary the size of frames and mattes to add a dynamic element to your collection

— Space the frames four to six inches apart, and about ten inches from the back of your sofa or table for perfect harmony

— Include mirrors of various shapes to add interest in your collection

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About the Author: Christie Morgan

I am a former Licensed Real Estate Agent that absolutely loves helping people find the home of their dreams. I also enjoy interior design, reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with my two cats.