I know from experience that many people spend a lot of time choosing art for their home. When it comes to showcasing more personal items, I find it can be easy to have trouble matching them with the rest of the house design.
I like to think of personal mementos, photos, and artwork as a way to add another layer of character to your space. They are part of making your home feel alive and personal to the people who live there. In fact, they are not something you have to to try on too hard to fit in. It’s all about picking the parts that are interesting to you, spark fun, or potentially start a conversation with guests.
Today, I share seven of my favorite creative ways to display personal photos at home.
Ways to display personal photos, art, and home keepsakes
1. Three-way travel.
I like the idea of three dimensions when displaying personal items. Framing something in a glossy box can create such a compelling composition. It could be a piece of art your child has made, a favorite childhood memento, or a collage. Anything with a full rich size will work fine.
2. Use standing frames to their fullest potential.
It can be easy to forget about the stand when we are so used to hanging everything on the wall. I prefer the console or any other flat surface full of the framed photos. Shown together, they always feel like a special and intimate collection. I have collected a bunch of them over the years and we used to display them on the piano. We’ll find a home just for them one of these days!
3. Textile frames.
It could be your grandmother’s handkerchief or a piece of veil that you wore at your wedding. Whatever it is, framed textiles have the power to add a beautiful personal touch to a room.
I like to think of personal mementos, photos, and artwork as a way to add another layer of character to your space. They are part of making your home feel alive and personal to the people who live there.
4. Maximize your wall space.
Consider going beyond framed screens only in your main living areas. Stairs and hallways are the more intimate parts of most homes, and they’re great places to display your personal memorabilia and photos. If you want a more coordinated look, consider printing the photo all in black and white to create a cohesive gallery wall.
5. Use the frame options that allow you to easily swap works.
I saw a great DIY frame idea on A beautiful message. Frames allow you to display children’s art (or any type of art or photo) in a more advanced way than simply pinning it to your wall. The best part? The frame opens at the front so the part can easily be swapped out whenever you (or your child) want to replace it.
6. Go digital.
Use digital technology like Samsung Frame TV to display scanned family photos or children’s artwork. I like that this option gives you the opportunity to showcase a rotating collection and for so many their time in the limelight.
There’s something special about deliberately choosing iconic and timeless photos, especially ones where you feel capture the essence of the human being in them.
7. Start small.
If you’re interested in displaying personal photos, artwork, or mementos but don’t want any display to feel like “too much”, you can always start small and be intentional. destination. I’ve kept a few select framed family photos with me for over a decade. There’s something special about deliberately choosing iconic and timeless photos, especially ones where you feel capture the essence of the human being in them. If you want to start small, choose one or two such photos to display in your home and bring a bit of history to your present day.
Kate is currently learning to play the ukulele, leaving her husband, children and dogs desperate. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.