So, you just had an awesome photo shoot and you’re presented with a collection of amazing photos of your family and you just don’t know how you’ll ever decide which to pick or how to display what you do pick. It’s a dilemma most of my clients have. First things first, relax. I’m here to help. I thought I’d show off some of the photos I have displayed in my home to give you an idea of just a few things that are possible.
Please excuse the slightly wonky color in these images. I don’t think Restoration Hardware will be hiring me for catalog photos anytime soon! I’ll stick to people and landscapes as my primary subjects, but these will do for my purpose here.
So, a quick tour of my home, starting with the family room.
The display on my mantle consists of one 16×24 portrait, one 8×10 and two 5x7s. (My family photos courtesy of Erin Cobb Photography.)
Next, I’ll take you to my living room.
My corner display consists of two 16×20 canvases and one 10×20 storyboard panel. I also have a collection of smaller, framed portraits on the piano and another shelf in the room.
My front hallway is my “lifetime milestone” collection, the big life events–wedding, babies–all in one place!
The three photos are all 11×14. Our framed wedding invitation and a cross-stitch made by my mother-in-law round out the display. (And the thermostat, of course. . . how I wish I could relocate that thing!)
Finally, I’ll take you to my upstairs hallway with another display of photos of my kids. These are more casual photos and the theme is, obviously, “winter,” our family’s favorite season.
The large photo is a 20×30 canvas and the two smaller photos are 8×10, matted and framed to 10×13.
Hopefully this glimpse into my home and our photos on display will inspire you. Two bits of advice when deciding what to put on your own walls: go with your first instinct AND then go bigger! When you first see your photo gallery, the images that instantly take your breath away are the ones you’ll want on your walls. I know that the longer you look at them, the more you love and the harder it is to decide. But if you go with that first reaction, you won’t be sorry. And then take a measuring tape to the area you want to put your picture and really see how much wall space it’s going to take up. If you scroll back through my displays, you’ll see lots of big sizes listed (16×20, 16×24, 20×30) but none look overwhelmingly large when in their rooms.
Finally, remember to have fun! Happy decorating!