Have you ever really considered your options for how to arrange pictures? You spend hours browsing shops and online galleries for the perfect picture for your fancy pants living room. You double the cost of the picture by framing it so it looks just so. Then what?
Once you’ve purchased your dream picture, you may be tempted to nail a hook at eye height and stick it centered above the mantle. You’re so pleased you finally got round to hanging it you haven’t even noticed you’ve completely missed it’s potential to transform the room. Steady there… let’s look at your options for how to arrange pictures creativity.
How to Arrange Pictures:
Some Creative Options
The Gallery Wall
This eclectic gallery wall in Seattle is a floor to ceiling beauty. A staircase is a classic and fun place to arrange your smaller pictures together. Don’t worry if frames don’t match. Don’t fuss too much over positioning, just let the eclectic charm work for you! See more pictures of this light and airy home at designers’ Heidi Caillier’s website.
Overlapping on the Mantle
This cozy but neutral-colored home is classically styled and I love the purple accents. Pictures arranged casually overlapping reduces formality and similar to the picture ledge below, can be swapped easily.
The Traditional Hanging Picture Rail
Whether you’re in a historic restored home or something more modern, everyone can make use of a traditional picture rail. Once installed you can swap and change your pictures around easily without damaging walls, perfect for the indecisive amongst us.
I don’t know why houses stopped installing picture rails. The way the pictures suspend downwards is rather fabulous. For more images of this historic but modernized home by designers JKA, check out their website.
Pictures on the Floor
If you’re cool enough to not even bother putting your picture up, just lean them against the wall. The casual propping on prints is purposefully informal, softening a whitened space to avoid sterility. The simplicity oozes class although if you have little ones you might find they don’t stay put for long!
The Picture Ledge
The beauty of a picture ledge is that is is easy to update with the seasons. You can add temporary pieces if your kids have a masterpiece of the week, and it has a casual appeal in its simplicity!
Picture ledges also make great bookshelves, especially for kids because they can clearly see the book covers rather than having to browse book spines. I love the example below, and I used the exact same idea with my own playroom reading nook makeover.
Arranged in Uniformity
Sometimes, OCD organization pays off. Identical frames, uniformly arranged pictures can look stunning!
Introducing Naptime Makeovers
I aim for this post to become the first of a series that will encourage me to get off my butt and start dressing my home as I want it. These posts will also allow me to pluck up the courage to start blogging about something I’m formally trained in – Architecture and Design. We have been living here for 18months and other than getting the house neutrally painted from top to bottom and installing wood flooring, we have done little work on styling and finishing it. I was pregnant with twins when we moved here so cut me some slack… but the boys are now one and I should probably start chipping away at those spaces that are somewhat lacking.
Because I have no family or childcare available and don’t want my children to lose a finger or an eye in the name of renovation, I will be making these interventions during the Twins’ Naptime. So, what little makeovers can you get done during the 90minutes babies sleep? We’re going to find out… and we’re starting with how to arrange pictures. Wish me luck and I hope you’re feeling sleepy babies!
Today’s Naptime Makeover
Now I’ve browsed high design until my eyeballs fell out, I had better get on and decide how to arrange pictures in my own home.
I may not live in a whitewashed art studio warehouse, filled with people that make money out of being ironic. I may not own any original Rothko canvases that I can strategically place on the floor so that my children can add to it with a Sharpie. However, I do have a home lovingly built by a mass housing developer in 1987, a bunch of pictures and around 90minutes to myself. Let’s see what we can do…
Naptime makeover complete! It really has made a difference, and I can confirm that small interventions like this can be done during naptime. The twins even slept for an extra 30mins, even though I was nailing hooks into the other side of their bedroom wall… what a success.
So go on, look at your walls. Have you considered how to arrange pictures creatively?