Photo Wall Collages – Easier Than You Think!

Sue's Tips - Published October 4, 2010

 As a decorator I am often asked about the finer points regarding displaying multiple photos or artwork.   Collage displays are very popular – and the best way to show off great memories in a group setting!  This group setting allows you to tell the story more completely of a particular event, timeline or relationship you cherish.  Sometimes people can become overwhelmed with beginning this project, but if you follow these easy steps you’ll find yourself  creating your own wall collages with relative ease.

First, choose your subject!  This can range from a simple vacation collage to a detailed story of a special relationship you may have with your children or friends.  This step will pare down confusion and give your collage a sense of storytelling.  For example, maybe a summer seaside vacation, or series of vacations, may inspire your collage.

Next, choose your material.  Pick the photos you wish to frame first, then your frames.  There really is no rule for your framing options… you can choose multiple frames like the ones I am showing here, or individual frames, or a mix of both! 

I think a good collage will offer a variety  in sizes, should use different textures – but colors should remain balanced.   I like to keep the color tones similar in each collage.  If using black and white images I’ll stick to this throughout the photo mix.  I usually keep the frames in the same tones as well as the matting.  Do not hesitate to add some objects to the theme as they help break up the monotony of the images.  Here I have added a clock, metal artwork and words.  Also take note of the way the light switches and thermostats have been integrated into the design.  This allows creative use of the wall space while also keeping these elements somewhat camoflaged.   Use your imagination when choosing your objects… they may even be supporting shelving or objects placed on shelving with the photos. 

Objects that relate to the theme or compliment the decor of your room can only add interest to your design and help to personalize it.  Most importantly have fun with your creation and don’t be afraid to try something new and unexpected!

Laying out your design on the floor first is helpful before hanging.  Lastly, make sure everthing is straight – measuring between frames is helpful – and a few extra nail holes won’t hurt your walls!  The finished design should be meaningful and above all make you happy!