These days more of us are taking photos than ever before. Almost every moment of our lives is captured by our camera phones and shared across our social platforms. Where we’d be lucky to find just 1 photo of our grandparents as children, we now have thousands of our own kids!
Photos are wonderful reminders of the places, people (and food) that we have enjoyed during our lives and they are the easiest way to jog the memory… the problem comes in when we find ourselves with hundreds of thousands of photos saved on phones, laptops and hard drives where they will never be fully appreciated or admired again.
The solution? Printing out your pics and putting them on display in pretty photo frames, of course!
When last did you print photographs? If you’re like most of us, the last time was back in the year 2000 when you still owned a film camera and things like DSLR’s and iPhones didn’t even exist!
Unfortunately printing photos is a time-consuming exercise (esp when you have 1000’s to go through!) I try to make it an annual exercise and aim to print at least 200 photos of the year, but if that seems too overwhelming why not start with printing just 10!
Select your 10 most beautiful photos taken on a recent holiday or on a professional photo shoot, save them onto a memory stick and head down to the photo lab. For less than R100 you’ll have memories on display to enjoy for years to come!
Bonus Tip: If you’re feeling even more organised then you might want to assemble your photo frames first so that you can plan to print your photos at the correct size and orientation!
5 beautiful ways to use photo frames around your home….
1. As part of a display of your favourite things
At the front entrance to my home I have a table of pretty things I love, mostly in white. It’s the first thing I see when I arrive or leave my home and it makes me very happy! Amidst this display is a photo of my wedding day. Another happy event.
Assemble all the knick knacks that you love into one place – small vases, scented candles, pretty bowls and add in a favourite frame (or two) featuring some of your personal photos to create a space that displays your unique personality.
2. On a Photo wall
Photo walls are still a very popular way to display family photos and for good reason – you can fit in a whole lot more than you would be able to otherwise display on a side board or coffee table.
To create a photo wall you need to assemble an assortment of frames (similar options avail in Poetry stores). Print photos to the correct size for each frame. Measure the available wall space and then lay out newspaper to those dimensions to work out how the frames will all fit together by laying them out on the newspaper below the wall. Try to balance the size, orientation and colours of the frames.
Start by drilling the hole for one of the frames in the centre of the collection and work you way out around it. Remember to measure twice and drill once! Once your photo wall is up be sure to switch the photos occasionally to ensure it stays fresh (but always keep at least 1 baby pic of each kid, they grow SO FAST!)
3. On a Bookshelf
Yes, bookshelves are for books, but they can also be for so much more! I have an abundance of books so I don’t have much space left to display frames or other items but I do love the look of a bookshelf that tells a story – book titles, the quirky items, the travel souvenirs, the family photos.
Gather your special things and put them on display! Don’t keep things hidden in cupboards never to be seen again. The items you’ve collected throughout your life deserve to be on display to tell the story of you.
A quality book shelf is always a good investment, even if you don’t have book to fill it. It’s the perfect place to place pretty picture frames, and if you do have a library like mine then stack the books vertically and horizontally to make it more interesting and less uniform – you can even pop a picture frame on top of a pile of books. This is your space, and you’re the boss, there are no rules!
4. Mix ‘n Match
Another way to display picture frames that also breaks the rules is to mix ‘n match frames in one area. No longer do you need to have all silver or all white wooden frames. These days you can group a variety of different frames together to create your own unique collection that displays your own unique family!
To create a bit of uniformity you might like to select photos for the frames that have a similar theme – in this example I used photos from the same family photo shoot to display in a variety of picture frames.
5. Next to your Bed
What could be nicer than waking up to a picture of your loved ones next to your bed every morning (provided you’re on good terms I suppose!)
Place a picture frame next to your bed with a photo of your kids or grandkids to ensure you start the day with a smile.
Alternatively you can choose to frame a pretty print or beautiful quote to start your day the right way… encouraged and inspired. Search Pinterest for a huge variety of free printables.
How do you use photo frames in your own home? Do you have any extra ideas? Let me know in the comments below…