3 Photowall Ideas

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My favorite feature of our house is our large L-shaped living room. Two walls are covered with windows large windows the rest are adorned with photos. Photos are the *only* decoration on our walls, in fact. You might say I’m a bit obsessed. I just finished up our third (and main) photowall this weekend and am so excited to have photos to share with you. Without further ado:

3 Photowall Ideas

1. Hang unframed mounted photos on the wall with 3M Command Strips.

Don’t be afraid to Go Big with your photos. The 8×10’s of our childhood are neither “standard” nor large photos these days! Large photos make a bigger impact.

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To give you a bit of perspective on size, look at Tilly standing next to our photowall:

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You can see just how ludicrously tiny an 8×10 family portrait would look on our wall! photowall, photo wall, photowall ideas, how to display photos, photos on styrene, mounted photos, how to hang photos, command strips

Here is a close-up of the photos so you can see how they look on the styrene. I like clean, uncluttered lines which is why I chose to hang unframed photos on my wall. This images are mounted for durability and are coated with UV protection.

2. Buy 12×12 frames for an eye-catching photowall.

This photowall was designed to be fun! No formal portraits allowed here. I wanted somewhere to display some silly photos that I loved. The 12×12 frames allow me to easily and inexpensively switch out these photos. The photos that come off the wall go directly into our family scrapbooks.

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3. Hang favorite photos on a string, attached with small office clips.

I was inspired to start this photowall after attending a local photography conference where we each brought an image for the photo salon. I decided to have my own photo salon and enjoy some of my favorite photos.

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photowall, photo wall, photowall ideas, how to display photos, photos on styrene, mounted photos, how to hang photos, command stripsHere is the view from our formal wall looking toward my personal photos salon.

I hope you are inspired to hang some of your own photos up on the wall. If you have a photo, feel free to post a link in the comments. I’d love to take a look!

 

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  1. Where do you print your pictures from?

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      The formal portraits I had printed at a professional print lab (you need a business and tax id to order) but I use Unit Prints for our snapshots/less formal images.

  2. I’m reading other comments . . . looks to me as if all the kids are indeed included here! Great photos. We have a photo wall too, going from ancient to modern, that is, studio photos and snapshots of family weddings and first communions in Bavaria in the 1920s and 30s, and on the American side of the family, myself in my Dorothy Parker phase, age 7 in a big straw hat . . . but these are all either those old black-and-white with a painted background stilted-looking studio photos or snapshots, and there might even be a poloroid or two in there. One good studio shot of my husband and me that was actually taken a day or two after our wedding, so my gown and his suit are soaked with old sweat but we look sooo fresh-as-a-daisy, especially compared to the way we look now after three kids, no sleep, menopause, and general wear and tear.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thank you for your comment, Melissa. There are always those happy to criticize our family and choices.

  3. bakersdozenandapolloxiv

    This last family portrait we had done was the day of our Liberian children’s adoption. The reason they are not included in this family photo is they no longer live at home. No different than when my older brothers left home and were no longer included in family photos. I have very few current photos of my Liberian children because they no longer live at home. And when they do visit (as Keziah did this weekend) they don’t like having a camera in their face. I will be updating soon with some exciting news about Keziah.

  4. Just wondering how you have lined up all the pictures so perfectly? I have never been able to acheive that, and it looks great. I really like the 12×12 frames idea.

  5. Jessica

    ok, totally NOT about pictures but a friend of mine is having her first baby in several years and cloth diapers have come miles since her last one.. she was looking for suggestions and I *thought* I remembered you cloth diapering and loving one specific brand. If I’m remembering correctly, would you please remind me which system? I didn’t see a search bar for your blog and had no idea where to start looking. Thanks 🙂

    I love the clips on string for pictures. We do that for kid artwork in each of their rooms and for cards for birthday/holidays.

  6. I am thrilled that you have shared these wonderful and oh so easy ideas with us. I have wanted to put family photos up on the wall for a long time and hadn’t gotten the motivation to take the drill out to drill holes and mount them. Now i don’t have to. Command Strips are amazing. I can’t wait to get a stock of them and start hanging. Your ideas for large photos on a wall with no frames is fantastic and my favorite. This will be a fun summer project that I look forward to doing. Thank you so much!!!

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      No problem, Christine. I sometimes get “frozen” because I have an idea and don’t know how to execute it. I hope you get your photos up so everyone can enjoy them!

  7. Chantel

    Love your photo wall! How to you do the UV protection?

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      The UV protection is something I order from my photo lab.

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