November 7, 2010

Picture this: family photos, artfully displayed

By MELISSA RAYWORTH The Associated Press

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As shown in this seating area designed by Genevieve Gorder, a group of photos in different types of frames can be a perfect way to decorate a wall and make a statement.

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Another creative option, from Gorder: Crop a section of a favorite family photo and have it printed as a repeating image on rolls of paper (a digital printing store like Fedex Office should do it for you, she says). Then use it for wrapping gifts. A cluster of presents wrapped this way form a temporary work of art during the holiday season.


A collection of photos can be the perfect way to decorate hallways and staircases.

"Make a statement by choosing one big wall for an enormous gallery grouping and mixing up, say, 20 different framed photos from throughout the years, some in really thick, traditonal baroque gold frames, some ultra modern stainless steel, others lacquered bamboo," Flynn says. "Those varying textures and shapes and finishes will tell a story that accentuates those beautiful images."

Keep things close enough together on the wall that it's clearly a set, he says: "People sometimes stagger them with huge gaps in betweens and you don't know if it's a collection or not."

Collections of framed photos also can look great on a side table or piano. On a flat surface, be sure to vary heights, maybe mixing in a vase or other tall objects. If you prefer only minimal contrast in frames, you can combine ones in similar colors or textures, says Burnham. Silver frames in different sizes, some simple and others ornate, can work well together, she says. Or try a mix of wood, horn and tortoise shell frames.

Frames can also be used to comment on photos: A bold modern frame offsets the drama of a serious portrait, for instance. Just don't make all the frames identical.

All three designers urge choosing photos that celebrate what matters to you, and displaying them where you'll enjoy them most: "It's what moves you," Burnham says. "If you love something, it's gonna work."


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