Creating a Personal Frame Gallery

Nothing makes a house a home more than familiar personal touches. Family photos, treasured art and collectibles are what give our homes their personality. A fun a fresh way to freshen up walls in your home is to create a gallery wall.

Create a personal gallery by displaying frames of varying shape and size. Plan the layout of your frames before hanging, either with Kraft paper on the wall or by arranging them on a workspace or floor. Ensure your frame arrangement is horizontally centered on your wall space to create balance. Achieve the proper balance between your wall space and the frames. Smaller frames have more impact when grouped together; a large frame may stand alone. Place your frames at eye level, usually five feet from the floor. Hang them higher if your room has high ceilings.

To create an interesting gallery effect, visit a local copy center or use your home computer to change favorite color photos to black-and-white or sepia-toned images. Hang frames in both horizontal and vertical orientations to add interest.

Start with a neutral backdrop and use it as a canvas to express your inspirations and memories. All white walls and ceilings, which are often favored by art galleries, recede into the background and help highlight displays of all kinds. If white is too spare for your taste, use light colors like bisque or tan, then layer frames, pieces of art and found objects on top.

Displays don’t need to be large or valuable to be fascinating. Any size photograph, type elements, or even swatches of a favorite fabric, gain presence when they’re set in an interesting frame. If photos are what you love, you can display them on just about any size wall or on any amount of shelf space.

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A collection of black-and-white photographs establishes an elegant scheme. A symmetrical arrangement on the wall, with each picture hung equidistant from the next creates an atmosphere that’s soothing and serene. Planning such a layout is easy.

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