Virtually all of us have a collection of objects that we cherish. Whether it's photos of our children, heirloom China, souvenirs from a memorable vacation, or sports memorabilia, everyone has something they are exceptionally proud of. These items can be used to create a wall display that will look great. Here we'll discuss tips for displaying photos, decorative plates, and other items.
Where should these items be displayed for maximum effect?
There are two areas that will offer the best place to display a wall of pictures or other items. They include:
Above a solid object - To create a wall display that will feel as if it belongs with the rest of the room, arrange it above a table, fireplace, dresser, sofa, or some other solid object. When items are displayed in this fashion, it helps anchor the arrangement and give it visual strength.
Stairwells - Objects that are stacked in vertical rows along stairwells provide a smooth , polished look. This area is typical very difficult to decorate, so displaying framed photos and other collections is a great way to dress up this challenging space.
Tips for displaying framed photos and other collections over another object:
Most people will find this the easiest way to create a wall display, so if you are new to hanging photos decoratively, this may be your best option. Keep these tips in mind:
- Odd numbers of objects are more visually appealing that even.
- Mix in objects of various dimensions, instead of using all flat pieces.
- Use objects that vary in shape and size.
- Hang center elements first and then work from bottom to top when adding other items.
- Stick to one type of collection for each space.
Tips for displaying framed photos and other collections along a stairwell
A stairwell can be used to display framed photos, decorative mirrors, empty antique frames, or even decorative plates. For professional-looking results, use these tips:
- Objects should be stacked in vertical rows that mimic the rise of the staircase.
- For a clean, streamlined look, have photographs matted and framed identically.
- For a contemporary touch, use a variety of frame styles and finishes. Combine a fun mix of both old and new frames, plain and embossed, gold and silver -- anything goes!
Tips for displaying framed photos and other collections in a grid:
Admittedly, a grid will be one of the most difficult ways to create a wall display for the average person. It can be extremely difficult to line up all the objects evenly, and more difficult to achieve perfect spacing and a level installation. Yet, when it is done perfectly, this is one of the most stunning ways to display framed photos and other similar-size objects. A display grid is just as it sounds - A series of objects lined up to form a grid. Typically, it's four or more objects across and up and down from on another. Use these tips to create a wall display in grid formation:
- Measure the wall space you have to work with and tape off the same dimension on the floor.
- Place same-size objects on the floor until you find a placement that works.
- Calculate the space needed between objects. If the fit is too tight, remove one row and increase the space between.
- Once you're happy with the arrangement, take measurements and mark the wall space accordingly.
- Use a carpenter's level when hanging each item.
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