20 Ideas for Family Picture Displays | Midwest Living

20 Ideas for Family Picture Displays

Treasured photographs deserve the attention they'll get in these creative displays.

Art on an easel

When a photo doubles as art, treat it as such: Clip it to an easel.

Art on an easel

When a photo doubles as art, treat it as such: Clip it to an easel.

Shadow box

A small collage of family pictures fills this charming hanging shadow box.

Under glass

Behind glass doesn't have to mean in a frame. Here, copies of favorite photos adorn clear glass containers of various shape and size. This method means seasonal displays are simple: Santa with the kids for the holidays. Beach vacation snapshots in summer.

Big and bold

Flanking a blowup of a child's portrait with dramatic drapes amps the impact.

Mix it up

A mismatched assortment of frames — different sizes, shapes and weights -- unified with a coat of white paint make for an eye-catching arrangement. Unexpected elements add whimsy.

Draw the eye

Crown the stair landing with a grouping of pictures to draw eyes up. Or line the stairwell with pics. For a cottagey look, mix up frame style, size and color.

Eliminate mats

Because glass replaces mats on most of these photos, the wall color shows through, creating graphic impact.

Molding treatment

Picture molding doesn't have to support just artist's work. Molding unifies this sweet arrangement of photos.

Line 'em up

Black-and-white photos hung in a row echo the linear quality of the architecture. Follow the lines in your house for the same effect.

Petite perches

Set tiny shots on diminutive perches. These copies of treasured photos were attached to decorative plates that act as frames. You could also hang them on the wall with plate hangers.

Wrap a room

Crown a room in photos framed and matted the same way. This treatment marches your eye around the room.

Frameworks unify

Disparate-style photos—color, black-and-white, vacation, portrait—come together for a cohesive look when unified via the frames.

Frame within a frame

Heirloom pics make big impact when centered in multiple frames. The large, golden frames draw all eyes to the miniature portrait.

Stick with a classic

The warmth of a hearth echoes the feeling of family, so mantels are a natural home for photos.

Compose a grouping

Photos hang on the wall from lengths of ribbon and adorn the lampshade and pillows. Use photo transfer paper (available at crafts stores) to apply photos to fabric that is then used to make pillows or quilts.

Time capsule

Make a large copy of a favorite photo so that it fills the face of a clock kit (available at crafts stores). Follow manufacturer's directions to assemble.

Focal point

Lean one pic where you will see it frequently—maybe your home's command center. The single photo sends a clear message that these people deserve the spotlight.


A multitude of snapshots gathered in one spot garner the attention the mementos deserve.

Framed again

Stock trim pieces create the impression of a paneled wall, which further frames this geometrical grouping of portraits.

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