I’ve always been good about staying on top of having our family photos taken each year (it helps to be friends with an amazing photographer) but I have not been good about doing anything with those photos. I’ve printed a few family photo albums — though I’m about 2 years behind on those now too — but I haven’t framed a family photo in like 7 years. We had a few baby photos of our almost 8 year old, but the younger two were not represented at all. Once we moved into our new home I decided it was the perfect opportunity to finally frame some of our favorite family photos, all of which have been taken in different places we love in Los Angeles, and hang them in our new home. I partnered with Artifact Uprising to share some tips on how to do this yourself, and the finished product in our house.
Our finished product might look effortless, but it actually took a lot of planning to get everything just right. If you aren’t as type A as I am, you might find it a fast project, but here are some tips for creating a family photo display you’ll love:
Choose the wall you want to use first. When using a large wall, you want to create a bigger display either by using large scale photos (like at least 18 x 24 size) or a collection of smaller photos. If you want to create a grid-style gallery wall I suggest using the same size and frame for every photo like I did above. That keeps your collection more uniform and intentional. I would also keep the photos sized at least 8×10, which is the size I used above. If you want to create more of a collection-style gallery wall, I like to mix photographs with art pieces of different shapes and sizes. Your frames don’t need to match with this style either.
Once you choose your wall, you can choose your frames. If you are doing only a couple of photos on a larger scale, I like to invest in nicer frames, like the wooden photo hanger ones above from Artifact Uprising, to make a bigger impact. Those photos are 11×14 size but are also on a smaller wall in our hallway vs a huge wall in our family room like the others. I also love the way the natural wood looks with our light grey wall (Grey Owl from Benjamin Moore).
For the larger grid wall in the family room I bought inexpensive frames from Michael’s when they were having a 40% off sale. I bought white and a barn wood grey/brown to see which would look best with our dark grey walls (Dior Grey from Benjamin Moore) and the white popped while the grey-brown got lost. I did a layout of the photos on my computer in photoshop to decide where I wanted each photo placed and the shape and size of the grid. Then I measured our wall and did the math to make sure the grid would be centered. I measured out where each corner should go, spaced each photo apart the width of my level (which made it much easier for me) and sort of just eyeballed it.
The thing that probably made things the easiest was using these instead of nails and putting holes in the wall. They work brilliantly and make hanging things so much easier! So those, a level, a measuring tape, a pencil, and your framed photos are all you really need.
What do you think? Are you good about printing family photos or did you need some motivation? I can’t speak highly enough to the quality of the prints and frames I got from Artifact Uprising! Big thanks to them for partnering with me on this post.
Room sources: Gallery wall photo prints: Artifact Uprising // Rugs: Target // Sofa: PotteryBarn // Throw pillows: Target & IKEA // Himalayan Salt Lamp: Amazon // Photography of featured photos: Jennifer Roper