Do some of the rooms in your house look just like they did when you very first moved in?? (ie they’re blank!)
Have you had “hang some pictures!” on your to-do list forever? I know it can be overwhelming to work on a project like this. That’s why I wanted to write you a step by step tutorial on how I plan wall galleries in my own home. ( spoiler alert: it’s really not as hard as you think!)
Boston Family Photographer: Advice on Hanging a Wall Gallery
I had a small vertical space in my living room next to the chimney that was just big enough for three framed 11×14 photos. I chose to go ‘matchy matchy’ here with thin gold frames!
Step 1. Procure the artwork. The first step is pretty obvious: you need to pick out what you want to see hanging up on your walls every day! The photographs you choose don’t have to be perfect-smiling-everybody-look-at-the-camera images! Pick the ones that remind you of something amazing you did with your family or just silly ones that make you smile every time you look at them! I recommend printing at www.mpix.com where the print quality is near-professional and the prices are reasonable.
Don’t forget you can include things besides just photographs in your wall gallery! How about that really neat Jackson Pollack-esque painting your preschooler brought home last week! These kinds of items can truly make the best points of interest in your wall gallery!
In my son’s room, I used frames with similar (but not exactly matching) natural wood finishes and I combined drawings, photographs, and a special ceramic print of his hands when he was three years old. This wall gallery is bright and colorful and each element has a story that we love.
Step 2. Procure the frames. Decide if your style is more ‘matchy-matchy’ or ‘mix and match’. Either one can really work well. If you’re not sure, do some searching on Pinterest for “wall gallery ideas”. The options are truly endless!
Pottery Barn has frames that are very nice quality and work well for the matchy matchy type of wall gallery. Alternatively, you can mix and match all different frames types and patterns by looking at places like Home Goods or even a consignment shop or your local swap shop!!
In my older son’s room, I used multiple frames that were all different shapes, sizes and colors and I spray painted them all a dark navy blue to give it a cohesive look. My son loves to draw and we picked a number of his favorites to display over his bed!
Step 3.Make a plan! This is the fun part! Measure your wall space. Lay out all your frames/artwork on the floor. A good rule of thumb is too keep (more…)
Do you ever notice photographic prints around your house wrinkling a little bit? Want to know if there is something you can to do to prevent it?
Love the photo, don’t love the print. I ordered this one unmounted by accident and in less than a year it’s already wrinkling 🙁
Boston Family Photographer Tips & Tricks
The most likely reason your prints wrinkle is because they aren’t mounted. I recommend mounting any image that is printed at 8×10″ or larger to significantly increase it’s longevity, especially if it’s going to be in a place where the temperature and humidity levels fluctuate.
There are lots of options when it comes to mounting: mat board, styrene, foam board all with different levels of sturdiness and thickness. If you’re planning to frame your print, go for something thin like mat board. If you’re planning to hang the print unframed, go for thick ( 3/4″ foam board ).
Styrene is thin and durable, great for framing.
I love the unique, modern look of unframed photos, mounted withe 3/4″ foam backing.
Include mounting to your print and you will increase the cost a bit, but your prints will have a much longer life, I promise!!
(Psst: All prints ordered through me are printed on Kodak Professional Endura Premier Paper. Images 8×10 and larger are mounted on styrene for durability and longevity! They are also lustre coated and UV sprayed. These are not CVS 19cent prints!! )
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in capturing real, honest moments in a beautiful and natural way. Click here to see more of Cara’s work, or get in touch to schedule a session!