I’m a huge fan of having pictures everywhere in our house. The rooms we live in are mostly taken up with art photography. These are dynamic and interesting but they just don’t exude the warmth of a good old family pic. This is where our hallway comes in, somewhere we can put all our memories. Otherwise these photos would just be sitting in my computer or attic but now we get to see them everyday. I even decided not to bother with a wedding album and instead put the pictures on the wall. This has been described as a little narcissistic as I feature heavily but in my defence there are plenty of other people up there too (honest)!
It’s quite amusing when we have guests over for the first time, as their visit to the bathroom will now take twice as long after walking past the gallery! The pictures make a fun talking piece, and a chance to embarrass the odd person, like my step kids.
To create your own wall first pick your colour theme. Our favourite on The Grown Up Edit is black and white or vintage gold frames. Buy lots of them, all different sizes and different frame styles if you prefer. Start in the centre and work your way out, this forces you to be sporadic and also means you can do it at your own pace. With as little as six pictures it will look good. Make sure the space between each pic is different, it looks less ordered. Avoid any straight lines if you can, running across from one pic to the next. Don’t worry what colour goes next, if you have five black ones together it just doesn't matter. I think B&W pics look their best in black frames where as colour can go in any frame. If you want gold frames, go to a frame makers and they will often sell gold frames cheaply which are made from off-cuts or buying them from antique stores is cost effective too. Most of our frames are from IKEA – cheap and effective. Here are some more suggestions: