How to Accessorize Your Home With Family Photos

Five Methods:Choose Your PicturesChoose Your FramesCreate a Wall MontageArrange Pictures on the Various Surfaces Around Your HouseUse Wall and Table Spaces in Unusual Ways

Accessorizing your home with family photographs is an affordable and fun opportunity to put your family photos on display. This decorating idea is sure to bring back wonderful memories and create a feeling of warmth and intimacy in your home. See the steps below for ideas on how to create attractive groupings of your favorite family pictures.

Method 1
Choose Your Pictures

Think about the story that you want your photos to tell. Decide whether you want to accessorize your home with only professional photos taken of your family, or whether showcasing family vacations and candid shots of milestone events like graduations and marriages better reflects your style.

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    Group your photographs by color. You can make one arrangement with only black and white pictures and another arrangement with only sepia toned photographs. Groupings like these create a gallery look, especially if you hang them in a hallway.
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    Showcase a special event like a vacation. You could try placing a large photograph of your favorite vacation scene in the center of your arrangement and encircle that one with smaller photographs that complement the primary picture.
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    Choose photographs of a particular person or of a specific family group and create a special montage. You may want to select sepia or black and white photos of your ancestors and group all of those photographs together

Method 2
Choose Your Frames

The types of frames you choose will depend on your decorating style and your budget.

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    Choose picture frames and matting that will create a unified look to your display. For example, you could use the same frame and mat for every photograph in the grouping.
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    Use different shaped frames that are all the same color.
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    Put vintage photographs into vintage frames. You can often find wonderful old frames in antique shops.
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    Purchase unfinished frames at hardware stores and paint them yourself to match your décor.
  5. 5
    Consider displaying some of your digital photographs in digital photo frames. These frames are great for creating slideshows. You simply pop your camera’s memory card into the digital frame and turn it on. Each photograph then smoothly transitions to the next photograph, providing an entertaining mini-movie of your vacation or special event. You can display a digital frame on your coffee table, kitchen counter or on just about any other surface in your house.

Method 3
Create a Wall Montage

A wall montage of photographs encased in handsome, unique frames is an ideal way to adorn your home. Photographs look more complete with frames, especially when the frames enhance the beauty of the photographs. An eye-catching montage of framed photographs is a good way to add color to any wall in your home.

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    Get brown craft paper or brown grocery bags so that you can make templates for each of the framed photographs you want to use in your wall grouping.
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    Lay the paper on a flat surface and place your frames on top of it.
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    Take a pencil and trace the outline of the frames onto the paper.
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    Jot down on the template paper a few descriptive details about the photograph so that when you tape the template paper on the wall, you can more easily visualize what the final grouping will look like.
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    Make sure that you mark the location of the saw tooth hanger or the center of the picture wire on the back of the photograph.
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    Cut the templates out.
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    Tape the templates to your wall using painter’s blue painter’s tape so that the tape will not adhere to the wall and mar its surface.
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    Move the templates around until you find an arrangement that pleases you.
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    Stand back as far as you can from the wall so that you view your montage from a different perspective. Your arrangement may look far different up close than it does when you see it from five feet away.
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    Use a pencil to punch a small hole through the brown paper to mark the placement of the picture hanger. Be sure the pencil goes all the way through the template paper so that you leave a mark on the wall where the nail will go.
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    Center a nail or picture hanger in the center of your pencil mark on the wall.
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    Hammer the nail until it is flush with the wall.
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    Remove the template paper.
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    Hang your frames.

Method 4
Arrange Pictures on the Various Surfaces Around Your House

You can be quite creative with how you spread out your pictures in your home.

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    Rearrange your bookcase so that some of the shelves have just a few books and a framed photograph on them. You can also dedicate one or more book shelves to photographs only.
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    Make space on top of dressers for one or more small framed photographs.
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    Add a few framed photographs to your entertainment unit. They can provide some visual relief from all of your electronic devices.
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    Place a few framed prints on top of your refrigerator. Be sure to use heavy frames that won’t fall down if you close the refrigerator door too hard.
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    Try grouping some framed photographs on a hall table or on your nightstand.
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    Use your fireplace mantle for photographs.
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    Keep a photograph album on your coffee table. You can purchase an album with a decorative cover so that it makes a beautiful addition to your table.

Method 5
Use Wall and Table Spaces in Unusual Ways

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    Place a montage of photographs underneath a piece of glass if you have a glass-topped table. You can buy a piece of glass to fit any piece of furniture in your house. Place the photographs on a piece of black matting to create a striking background.
  2. 2
    Find a company that turns photographs into wallpaper. You can cover an entire wall with one or more of your favorite pictures.


  • If you can’t find a frame to match the size of your photograph, try photocopying the picture and resizing it so that it will fit the frame you have selected.
  • Use small photographs in tight spaces or where there is very little, and otherwise unusable, wall space.
  • Montages of your photos don’t have to be symmetrical. Experiment with odd numbers of photos for your groupings.


  • Consider the weight and dimensions of your frames so that you mount them securely to the wall. A saw tooth hanger is usually adequate for a framed print that weighs less than five pounds. If your frame weighs more than five pounds, it is safer to attach two screws to the outer edges of the frame and string picture-hanging wire between the two screws. Using this method will ensure that the weight of the frame is evenly distributed.
  • Sunlight can fade photographs, so don’t hang irreplaceable pictures in the direct sunlight. You might want to make fine laser copies of your most treasured photos and hang the copies instead of the originals.

Things You’ll Need

  • Photos
  • Frames
  • Brown craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Nails or picture hangers
  • Screws and wire (optional)
  • Hammer
  • Blue painter’s tape

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