Adding Personal Touches to Your Home…
It’s only within the last year or so that I’ve started to incorporate family photos into my home. I’m not sure why I didn’t before, but for a long time, I just had one photograph from our wedding day. I guess that it was more the effort of going out to get photos printed that put me off. Now, I’m starting to fill my whole home with them. I have a set theme, more prints in a backup folder. Plus, once I start with the final room makeovers, I will be adding more throughout the home.
I’ve learnt a few lessons along the way. Whilst you may think that it’s rather a simple act, from my research I’ve found a few hints and tips to incorporate family photos into your home.
Never Display Them in Your Entryway.
I don’t know about you, but I hate the idea of a stranger being able to see exactly how many members live in this house without crossing the threshold creeps me out. The entryway is not the place for family photos. Display more artwork and sculpture pieces in this space and save your family photos for the rest of your home.
Now if you’re like me, and your entryway is part of your living room (as you will have seen on my Instagram Stories), simply keep these photos out of eyesight from the front door.
Shop Photo Frames.
Pair Photos Together.
I love putting two or three frames together in a small vignette can really round out the styling in your home. I love to place a couple within built-ins, particularly in my living room and hallway. The key is to have simalar photo frames paired together, whether it be similar patterns of the same material or finish.
Print Photos in Black & White for a Timeless Look.
I personally love to print my photos in black and white. Not only does it allow them to work in my rooms and blend in with my interior style, but it allows the photos to never age. Colours come and go, but having a photo in a neutral tone (black and white is considered a neutral in this case) will allow them to be timeless and last forever in your home.
There’s actually only one family photo in my home that’s in colour, and that is because it’s a photo of my late grandma and I that she kept all these years. So for sentimental value, I’ll be keeping that one in its current faded state forever.
Add Height By Stacking.
I love to use photos on top of coffee table books to add height to any decor moment. It grounds the space, a final touch to your styling. When I add a family photo to a coffee table book stack, I like to go with more of landscape frames and photos. It draws the eye outwards and adds more fullness to the space.
Feel Free to Stack Things in Front of the Frames.
For me, I love it when you get a hint of a treasured memory. Family photos don’t always have to be up front and in your face. Sometimes a quick glance draws the eye in closer and makes you take the moment in. Personally, I like to do this in more intimate areas, like bedrooms. For me, this is how I style family photos on my bedside and dressing table, when I have a few thing that I need up front to grab as and when.