19 Cool and Creative Ways to Display Family Photos

Because precious moments captured on camera deserve a space in your home

Updated on June 13, 2017 10:06 am

Jerni Camposano

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What better way to make your house feel truly your own than by decking its walls with photographs of everyone who lives in it?

More often than not, people print photos and tuck them away in a drawer or store in one's hard drive until they are forgotten. That doesn't really paint a very good picture, does it (pun intended)?

According to Deborah Chambers in A Sociology of Family Life, "presentation of photographs in people's homes...can convey and reinforce meaning about relationships."

By displaying objects that remind one of special moments in life, "different members of the family are drawn closer to important people, places, times, and events in the past," says Richard Harper, author of The Connected Home: The Future of Domestic Life.

More than adding charm to your area, family photographs help create a more loving ambience at home. A single photo on display can strike a chord in one's heart and make one recollect the story behind that shot.

Excited to start with your own "picture-perfect" family gallery at home? Get a tip or two from these creative ideas.

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A simple but sophisticated way to share wonderful family moments is to print photographs in black & white and display them in a neat grid. You won't go wrong with B&W photos as they are classic and look professionally taken.

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You can also momentarily forget about your OC-ness and experiment with frames of different shapes and sizes.

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Collect those unused clipboards lying around the house (or buy new ones from the bookstore) and use them to showcase your snapshot collection.

The clipboard style is also a great way to create a photo timeline of your kid's growth. Check out how this mom displayed photos of her daughter at every age.

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Another way to personalise your kid's bedroom is to deck the wall by the headboard with his or her cute and adorable photos.

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Arranging Scrabble tiles to form a word becomes more meaningful if you are using the word as a caption in a photo display. This DIY photo frame project using Scrabble boards is downright G-E-N-I-U-S!

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Another creative way of showcasing family fun is to go the old-fashioned route of hanging photos on a clothesline. The vintage feel adds to the overall charm.

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Build picture rails on the wall and arrange your framed photos on them. You can also use this space to stage a vignette by putting the following together: photos, a quotation board, an artwork, and a flower vase (or a terrarium if you have one).

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We always hear our elders say that time is of the essence. So is family. Why not combine these two important things in life via a wall clock featuring family photos?

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Trace your family history and preserve your genealogy through a family-tree style wall decal that organises information about your roots.

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Weekend project alert! Turn your family photos into throw pillows and amp up the unique style of your space.

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This Christmas, make your holiday tree stand out by opting for family snapshots as ornaments. Imagine the smile on everyone's faces when they see their photos hanging from the tree.

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Too many printed pictures but not much space at home? Then find a spot that has enough wall space to stage a gallery. Now, you can stop wondering why the staircase is the most common area to display a montage of family photos. Hang your precious snaps clustered or scattered along the stairwell, where everyone passes by several times of the day.

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There are those who collect fridge magnets of the interesting places they've been to. Then there are those who turn their precious family photos into customised magnets and stick them on the fridge door. Although the former sounds cool, the latter is undeniably heartwarming.

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If you enjoy working on scrapbooks, this is your time to really get creative. Using a large board, wooden frame, yarn, and glue (or double-sided tape), make a collage of your favourite shots of family moments. Hang your artwork in the living room and expect it to be the room's focal point.

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Marry pictures and artwork on a gallery wall and use colourful frames to make the space look fun and lively.

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Do you have one photo in your extensive collection that stands out from the rest? Whether it's because of its beautiful composition or the wonderful memories attached to it, that photo surely deserves a prime spot in the house. Our suggestion: blow it up big enough to make it a wall mural. Captured moments of your wedding, vacations, and other memorable events can be used as a mural.

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Instead of burying your photos in a box, why not do Mother Nature a favour and give unused clear jars a new purpose? Photos placed inside recycled glass jars exude a genuine vintage allure and they're eco-friendly, too!

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DIY your way to a masterpiece of a collage using chicken wire, thrifted frame, wooden clothespin, carefully selected photos, and sheer creativity. Then display your finished product by your work or study table to give you inspiration whenever you need it.

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Who doesn't have Instagram nowadays? It's time to get those IG photos off your phone! Their square size is perfect for creating a neat grid of family photos. Print them away and display in an eye-catching Instagram wall.


How else do you display your family photos? Email us at hello@cromly.com.

Cover photo by Samantha Echavez

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