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Design Questions Answered: Creative Ways to Display Your Family Photos


Last week we answered your design question about budget-friendly tips for decorating your entryway. This week we answer another question from one of our Colorado's Best viewers.

Viewer's Interior Design Question:
“I have so many family photos that I am running out of wall space to display them. I love to surround myself with these memories. Any creative ideas you can share on displaying photographs in the home?”

We find that alot of our clients only think to display their photographs framed on a wall, which can become a limited canvas in a small space.  Rather than let your excess photos sit locked away in photo albums, try displaying them in some of these creative ways.

Tabletop Photo Display

We love the idea of printing out black and white images and displaying them on a dining room table or coffee table as we’ve done here.  Once you've placed the images on top of the surface, use a piece of glass cut to the size of the tabletop.  This is a great way to surround yourself with loved ones as you create new memories at your family table. For more formal entertaining, you can always cover the table with a table cloth.  

display photos on dining room tablePhoto: Decor & You

If you aren't ready to adorn your more public pieces of furniture yet, try using them on your office desk to inspire you throughout the day.    

photos under glass on office deskPhoto: Apartment Therapy

Conversation Piece: Place Photos in Large Bowl

Another great idea is to fill a large decorative bowl with your loose photographs and place on a table.  Your guests will love looking through them while you are all sitting at the coffee table. If you want to protect your prints, simply create copies of your favorite family photos to place in the bowl.

family photos in bowl on coffee tablePhoto: Decor & You

Place in Upcycled Window Shutters

If you're looking to upcycle your window shutters for display on your walls, try using them as a display setting for your photos! While this still means you are hanging them on a wall, it condenses the required space needed and creates an intriguing motif on your wall that will be sure to capture the attention of your house guests.

display photos in old shuttersPhoto: homedit

shutter for photo displayPhoto: Hooked on Houses

We would love to hear how have you chosen to display your family photos. Please share with us in the comments below!

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