How do YOU display your pictures?

I often get asked, "How do you display all of the pictures you have of your family and kids?"  It's no surprise that I have A LOT of pictures of my kids and I have A LOT of pictures taken of my family.  So I thought I would share just a few of my favorite picture displays in my home and how YOU can achieve the same look in your home.  

The first thing I have to say is PRINT YOUR PICTURES!!!!!  It makes me sad to think that I send a CD to a client with their beautiful pictures on it to sit in the bottom of a computer desk.  I don't even care where you print them (although I really do) just as long as you get your images printed.  I do recommend printing from www.mpix.com :) Every time I look at any of these picture displays it makes my heart happy and puts a huge smile on my face.  You don't have to spend a lot of money on your display either.  I will show you how a little bit of time spent at D.I. and a few dollars on spray paint can go a long way.
Display #1: Entry Display
This wall is the first thing you see when you walk into my house.  We have only lived in the house for 2 years now and I have already changed this display from the first one I had.  At first I had all black frames from Ikea.  I liked it, but it looked too formal for what I was wanting.  
I started by pulling together some frames I wasn't using at the time and some other fun items {the H and bee}.  I then went to D.I. to see what I could find there and gathered 5 additional frames.  I then went to Hobby Lobby and bought the clock, keys and key hook.  I spray painted all but 2 of the frames and did a chalkboard paint on the long one.  From there it was just a game of arrange and re-arrange on the floor for about 3 days until I finally had it how I wanted.  The pictures are a mix of formal and in-formal shots that I love.  The chalk board is fun because I can always change the quote on it.

Display #2: Living Room Display
 These are the first "Family Pictures" we had done.  My babies were 7 months old and barely sitting on their own.  I loved this session and always want to remember this age of my kids and that is the reason why I still have this particular session framed and on display.  
   This is my Living Room and it's the most formal room in the house.  I made this display 4 years ago in my old house and when we moved I kept it the same for our new house. I wanted a clean and simple look that really showed off the images.  The long black shelf is from Ikea and the "frame less" Plexi-glass frames are from Michael's craft store.

I have since changed out the display in my Living Room and it now looks like this:

I bought ten 20" x 20" white frames at Ikea.  A lot of people don't like the Ikea frames because the mat is cream.  If you flip the mat over it's white on the other side.  I like the bright white mat better than the cream.  I like these frames because they are large and take up a lot of space.  They are simple and classic and really showcase the images.  I love our newest family pictures in them!!!

Display #3: Family Room Display
This is our family room, and the room where we spend most of our day.  It is very casual and comfortable, but also has a very large wall.  I didn't want to put a million pictures on this wall to fill up the space so I saved for some LARGE pieces of art.  When I say large I mean HUGE.  The side canvases are 20in. x 30in. and the middle canvas is 40in. x 30in.  I dressed our family according to the decor in that room, knowing that these would be the pictures for that particular room.  This is not the cheapest way to display your images, but defiantly the most striking.  

This is the first group of canvas pictures I had up in 2102,  they are now in our basement.

Display #4: Kitchen Shelves
These 2 shelves are in my kitchen right above my computer desk.  During the year they are full of every day decor, framed quotes, fun wreaths and some pictures.  During the holidays I like to display pictures from the past holidays of my kids.  This is a really fun way to display candid "holiday shots" of years past.  I just changed out the shelf decorations this last week and my kids are LOVING the new decor.  They keep looking at their old pictures and talking about the fun costumes they had.  All of these frames were from All-A-Dollar and I just spray painted them the colors that I wanted.  Super fun and really cheap!

I didn't take pictures of the bedroom displays,  but each of our bedrooms has pictures of the kids.  And above my bed are canvas pictures of my family and 2 of John and I.  It is our space and I wanted pictures of us displayed.  

Display #5: Hallway 
While most of the house is full of pictures, that left this LONG, boring, undecorated hallway.  I have always wanted to do a floor to ceiling gallery type wall, but didn't know where to do it.  I had hesitations about doing it in the hallway because #1 it's rather dark and #2 it's very narrow.  I wasn't sure how well it would hold up with all of the daily traffic and toys being thrown down the hall.  But I was sick of it being so plain and decided to go for it.  
This is my latest project and I took pictures along the way to show you what I did.
This is the BEFORE:

and this is the AFTER:
{It is hard to get a good picture of it, because it is a very narrow hallway, but I am LOVING it}

I first gathered all of the unused frames I have been storing, frames from old displays that I no longer need and frames I have collected from my many visits to the local thrift store over the years.  I then measured the wall and taped off the dimensions on my living room floor.  I taped off where my heater vent was and air/heat control panel.  I then started laying out the frames in an unorganized fashion.  This was VERY hard for me.  If you know me, you know that I am very OCD when it comes to lines, direction, spacing, etc.  So laying these frames out proved to be the hardest part of the job.  I changed the arrangement countless times before I was somewhat satisfied with it. 

As you can see I just left all of the old pictures in the frames for now.

Once I had an idea of the general area they would be on the wall I started placing them one at a time.  Starting in the top left had corner and working my way down and across the wall.  Once the frames where on the wall I could decide what color to spay paint the frames.  Some I would leave black, some I would leave white and the rest of them would be spray painted. 

I left a piece of tape on the wall to remind me what frame went there and what color it would be.

I chose the colors I wanted to use, some of which I already had.  And I fell in LOVE with that Gold Krylon.  I prime ALL of my projects first with Zinsser primer.  It works great and makes the color go on so nice and even.  I have already spay painted the pink/coral frames a new darker shade than this one, and I still don't love the color.  But until I find that perfect "coral" in a spray paint they are staying how they are. 

Spraying frames according to their new color. 

Once the frames were dried I put them back on the wall and then decided what pictures to print.  I would say that 50% of the pictures were oldies, but goodies, that I already had printed.  I wanted a mix of old and new, candid and posed, family images and just the kids.  The pictures range in size from 4x6 to 11x14.  

Wedding pictures that haven't been up in our new house were finally displayed.  The kids love looking at these and seeing "mom and dad being married".  

Some favorite candid shots made it on the wall...

Some frames left empty to create space and interest...

Some funny candid shots from the kids latest photo shoot...

Some favorites of each of the individual kids...

I have 2 different printed quotes on the wall...

A fun little project with my kids.  I am still deciding what else to add to this.  I might have them write their name by their hands, to remember their adorable hand writing at this age. 

Ta-Da... and there she is folks.  I am still not 100% satisfied, but will keep working on it until I am.  While this project was very time consuming, it was relatively in-expensive because I have been collecting frames over the last 9 years.  What I love most about it, is that it's an awesome way to display lots of fun pictures in your house and you can always be changing them to add new favorites.  I am so happy that I decided to do this, and so far there haven't been any frames knocked off the wall by little children running past.

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