Creative photo displays to transform any room

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  • How to get creative with framed photos

    Free up those digital pics trapped in your phone or computer and use them to personalise and add character to your home. Better than groups of frames cluttering up your surfaces, these ideas will turn a blank wall space into a focal point you love looking at every day.

    1. The grid
    Simple but impactful, this arrangement works most powerfully when identical frames are used to display black and white prints. Theme the subject of the pictures, too: all people or all landscapes, for example.

    2. The lozenge

    Again, the shape is the star, so keep the frames themselves identical in style. This time, though, there are two shapes used: eight rectangles and six squares.

    3. The triangle

    The rules for this formation: Keep the perpendicular lines straight; use frames of one colour; loosen it up in the centre with different shapes and even a clock. This arrangement creates the perfect backdrop to ‘frame’ a dining area in an open-plan space and a great dinner-party talking point, too.

    4. The line-up
    Keep it simple. Matching frames, all in a perfect line. Great for making a narrow room feel wider and drawing the eye upwards.

    5. The free-and-easy

    Ah, the joy of picture ledges. Fix them up, and you’ve got a platform for an ever-changing display of photos, favourite pictures, prints and knickknacks to suit the season or just your mood.

    6. The hanging cluster
    Fix a bunch of frames to lengths of rope or twine, tie ‘em together and hang ‘em from a peg. Easy as. Plus, you can move them around as the whim takes you.

    7. The perfect square

    Want to make real visual impact? Then think BIG. These oversized frames fill the space and draw attention to beautiful architectural features in this stairway.


    8. The stairway to heaven

    Tell the story of your life going upstairs with an eclectic range of frame sizes and shapes that’ll all work together if you stick to a monochrome mix.

    9. The statement maker
    Simple black and white frames really pop against a bold, monochrome wallpaper.

    10. The colour wheel

    This one’s the perfect weekend upcycling project: Buy some cheap, fancy frames; spray paint them in bright, clashing shades. Hang the largest at your desired centre point, then hang the others around it in a circle to create a focal point and add colour to your room.

    11. The ‘more is more’

    Why stick at one or two pictures ledges, when you can have more? Corral smaller frames that would other clutter up surfaces and collect them all onto your ledges to make a bare hallway or landing feel warm and welcoming.

    12. The ’10 Green Bottles’
    A cute way to display old photos – and keep them safe, too. Simply roll and push into vintage bottles and jars – they’ll unfurl on their own to lay flat against the glass.

    13. The Christmas special

    A quick and easy idea for the festive season: print out your favourite digital pics and peg them onto lengths of ribbon strung across the mantel or from corner to corner of the room. Be vigilant if you position lit tealights beneath them, though!

    Want to have a go? Find out how to hang frames or customise a frame with washi tape.

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