You know those terrible graduation photos of you hanging in your mothers house? The ones that have your neck arched in a really uncomfortable position. Or the creepy ones where the whole family wears the same white t-shirt and khakis?
That really has nothing to do with this post, I just wanted to remind you of how awful they were! SO embarrassing, I can’t believe you wore that!
Anyway, pictures and their frames should add something to the room. Here’s a cool way to do just that, minus the creep factor.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pictures, Photo Paper & Printer
- Ruler & X-acto Knife or Scissors
- Assorted Picture Frames
- Frame Mounting Hardware & Hammer
- Screws, Wall Anchors & Drill
Sketch out a potential design. The idea is to draw the eye in and create a visual flow from one point to another, then back to the starting point.
Once you have your loose design down, get some frames and hanging hardware.
I grabbed mine from A.C. Moore. I spent about 20 minutes on the floor in the aisle mixing and matching different sizes to get a form that worked. If an employee gives you a problem, tell them that you’re actually Russell Crow from “A Beautiful Mind”. They’ll leave you alone, trust me. I took a picture with my phone to remember the general placement of the frames.
Once you get all of your frames and sizes, it’s time to pick out some photos! I printed all but the 11×14 pictures on my personal printer. I threw the 11×14 image on my USB-stick and drove the speed limit to a place that does large-format prints. After printing, I laid them on my cutting mat and cut them to size with my exacto knife and ruler.
The all-black frames help to establish a sense of unity. Another thing I did to make the frames flow as a unit is drop all my images to B&W. It limits the visual distraction and adds to the unity.
Not all the frames have the same molding accents, but that’s OK! See what works visually. There is no wrong answer…unless, you know, it looks terrible!
I call it the “daydream bubble” design. What do you think?