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!
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Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.
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