Nothing says “home” and gives us “warm & fuzzy’s” more than a photo display of loved ones, happy memories, and cherished art collections. What’s better than displaying one family photo? Showcasing many of course! Home art and photo walls make an incredible visual impact and enhance your home’s character & personal flair. Whether you arrange just a small photo grouping, or dedicate an entire room to a favorite collection, this photo/art wall DIY will give you the tools & inspiration you need to make your vision a reality.
Decide what you want to showcase and where. Photos, art, unique frames, eclectic object…or a mix? The key is focusing on a purpose, a specific “highlight” in the collage; for example, this may be one large piece, a grouping of like items, or the simple fact of pairing balanced, symmetric pieces.
Select the frame types (or no frames) carefully. Regardless of their styles, colors or shapes, your frames should have a somewhat obvious commonality. Again, the key to a successful art wall collage is pairing “like items”. The more similar the base items in your collage (ie. all black and white photos or all french vintage poster art), the more variation you can introduce with the frames. For example, you may decide to use a variety of brightly colored vintage frames on your black and white photos, but make sure they’re similar in detail and style. Or perhaps your not framing art, and you’re choosing to showcase simply unique frames (so chic)!
If you are grouping various types of items (ie. photos, mixed art and mirrors), your frames will need to be more uniform. For example, with mixed eclectic pieces, you may decide to use all black modern square frames, or white with silver accent frames. The same rules apply for matting your photos and art; for example, you might use all natural craft matting, or mostly all white mattings with a few items in black matting.
Determine sizes, placements and proportions of the items in your collage. Sizes of items may vary or the purpose of your art wall may be uniform symmetry. The general rule for a blending a variety of different shaped and sized pieces is that each unique piece should have at least one proportionate match, the only exception being if there is just one piece of obvious different scale being showcased. For example, if you are using a small oval frame in a collage of mixed squares and rectangles, be sure to include a second oval frame with similar proportion and characteristics. That second oval frame should be placed either directly near its match or directly opposite- the key is balance my friends!
Okay, so you’ve selected your collection, the location for your art or photo collage, and it’s delivery (frame, no frame). Now it’s to the drawing boards (or more appropriately…wall) Select the placement and layout of your collection. Remember symmetry, balance and the pairing of like-items. The grouping should be a harmonious blend of varying scales. Remember, items of similar scales ad proportions should always either sit beside or mirror each other. Often two small items will sit side by side to mirror the scale of a larger item directly opposite of them. As an example, two small vintage tea plates may be mounted together, opposite a large ornate platter. Use the quick placement guide below for some common art wall collage designs.
And now for the fun stuff,
Now, I hope you’re inspired to go & create your own fabulous wall art or photo collage, and when you do, please share your ispiration, ideas & photos with Picklee!