Thursday, February 26, 2009

Reader Question: Family Photo Arrangements

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Hi Kim! We had the kids pictures professionally done last September and have yet to frame them. Do you know a good place or what's the most cost effective way to get something framed? They are way too nice to just stick in any frame. :) - Lorie
Hi Lorie! Thanks for asking, this is a great idea for a post!
If you are lucky enough to have a large wall space to dedicate to a collage of frames, this would be my favorite way of displaying family photos. A few years ago, I purchased these black thick border 8x10 frames from Joanns. I have arranged them several ways depending on the size of the space. In one of our houses, I did a grid of 3 across and 3 down. Very symmetrical (which is more my style). In our last home, pictured below, I had more space, so added a few other sizes of the same frame and created a collage. (I promise they weren't crooked, it's just the photo)
If you are creating a collage of frames like this, it is recommended to trace & cut the frame sizes out of wrapping paper or newspaper, and hang on the wall before nailing. My favorite places for inexpensive wall frames are Michaels, Aaron Brothers & Ikea. They all carry a wide variety of wall frames to match any decor. I personally prefer either a thicker frame or if a thinner frame use with mattes. I prefer to stick with the same color/style frame, just use different sizes. However, if your style is more eclectic, you can mix colors and styles to create something that works for you!

Here are a few other ideas for arranging:

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I love the wall arrangement above from West Elm (and so does my blogging friend, Sarah :), and it would be fun to incorporate art and personal photos in a wall collage like this. Use the same style frames in multiple sizes.

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Anonymous said...


I love this post and your ideas! I am obviously looking into doing something like this right now with all my family pics. I love all the visuals so "thanks" for the help! I need to get started!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kimmi! Great posts...SO, I am hosting Easter...any ideas for fun entertaining for adults and kiddos? XXOO

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!! I am so excited to start looking and will definitely use these ideas!!!

HDTV Reviews said...

Wow, very professional