There’s nothing that makes a house a home like family photos. But scattering them around on all available walls and table surfaces can junk up the place. This week I spent a morning hanging a few things for one of my clients – her cute dog looked on as I worked:
notice that the dog matches the chair
We had decided to create a family photo wall for her back stairwell – it’s in the entrance where most family and friends enter the house. She pulled out tons of photos for me to arrange and hang. Believe me, that can be a bit overwhelming!
photos and more photos
We decided which photos were most important to include (mostly her decision) and which sizes, shapes, and orientations we needed (mostly my decision). My client had done her homework and spray-painted most of her frames black to unite the grouping I intended to create. Here is the stairwell – I typically start in the middle.
the family photo wall to-be
The idea was to create a grouping that could grow over time. She can add a photo here and there as time goes on. A couple of hours later, the family photo grouping is complete (for now).
Stairwell Family Photo Grouping
The trick is to create a grouping that appears random, but actually has some planned structure to it. There’s definitely a balance between the art and science of hanging art or photos.
Making Family the Focus
By the way, this stairwell was previously painted a darkish gray-brown that felt a bit depressing to my client. I helped her choose the colors you see here on the walls and ceiling – these colors flow through into a large office area at the top of the stairs, as well.
Finished Family Stairwell
This makes me happy just looking at it! Family memories make a house a home, and family photo groupings can also make it truly beautiful. Click here on The Decorologist FaceBook page for the paint colors for these walls and ceiling.