Most of us are lucky enough to have loved-ones and plenty of shared memories, and we all like to look at photos that remind us of this.
Here is a look at how you can add your own personality and style to your home décor by using family photos on your wall, instantly creating a feeling of warmth and uniqueness.
Many interior designers will agree that a very good way of stamping your own personality on a room design and to create interest, is to fill the wall space with some well-framed and well-arranged family photos.
Choosing your photos
Once you have decided that you would like to make an arrangement of family photos on the walls in your room and around the house, you need to set about choosing the ones you want to display.
Your favorite photo will probably be on your homepage if you use Facebook, so take a look at which ones you have used and have a look at which pictures other family members have liked or loaded onto their page.
Another good source of favorite photos is Pinterest and you may find some pictures that you have even briefly forgotten about, perhaps taken on a special holiday or family occasion.
Picking your spot
Spend some time searching out the best place to display your pictures and remember to try and avoid walls that receive a lot of direct sunlight, as this can cause the images to fade over a period of time.
If you are limited for choice on where to hang your photos then consider using a sheet of UV-filtered acrylic, which you can cut to size for each picture so that they are protected from any sunlight damage.
One big display
One idea for displaying your photos is to create one large dramatic display that takes up a large space on the wall when they are all arranged close to each other. To make the mix and match work even better, you could try spraying the frames all the same color to create a feeling of unity and for the best aesthetic appeal, create a level line somewhere in the grouping, either at the bottom or top edge, which can be used to line up a number of the frames and make it look tidier.
If you are trying to create a less formal look then try hanging the picture frames at staggered heights with some photos in portrait and the others in landscape orientation, so that it creates an element of interest and draws your attention.
A good theme to work on for your photo collection on one wall would be to reflect your family history in pictures. Heirloom photos and vintage frames that reflect the age of the picture can all be arranged on the wall, perhaps in the same way as you would see a family tree presented on paper.
Another popular way of displaying family photos on your wall is to arrange them in a patchwork grid. Use a tape measure and measure out an equal space between each picture so that when you put them on the wall you end up with a neat and very effective grid, but take your time measuring as it will not look right if even one picture is out of line.
All in one
If the idea of trying to measure all the spaces accurately seems too much of a challenge or you prefer a different look then why not consider an all in one approach. Although there is still an element of measuring involved, hang all the frames together with no spaces in between to create a sort of montage effect.
However you decide to hang your pictures, using family photos will add your unique personality and style to the décor.
John Watkins designs home interiors. He often writes for decorating blogs to help homeowners create beautiful and personal spaces in which to live.