How to Decorate With Photographs

Give your walls a personalized and professional touch with these pointers.

by Patricia Curtis from Reader's Digest | May 2005

Hanging photos can be a fun, personal way to fill wall space. But many of us don’t know how to do it.

“The great thing about hanging a picture is that it’s not permanent,” says Karen McAloon of HGTV’s Design Remix. “If you don’t like it, change it.”

Her tips:

Pick a Theme
Everything doesn’t have to match, but there should be a unifying aspect. Group pictures of your kids, black-and-white shots, or nature images, or place mismatched photos in identical frames.

Find a Shape
Paint a shape (circle, cross, triangle, or diamond) on the wall and hang all the pictures inside.

Form a Band
Paint a three-foot-high stripe on the wall, four feet off the floor. Hang photos inside.

Keep It Close
Leave one to three inches between each frame.

Color a Wall
Black-and-white shots look best on a colored wall. Color photos look best if the wall color doesn’t match, says McAloon.