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Tips For Organizing A Picture Collage Wall In Your Home

One of the most unique decorative features you can add to your living space is a photo collage wall. By framing a variety of pictures, such as family portraits or themed images, you can create a cohesive design anywhere in your home. Here are a few tips to help you mat, frame, and hang those pictures to create the look that you want.

Choose Mats And Frames

The very first step is to choose mats and frames for the pictures. Spread the pictures out on a table or other flat surface, and consider what mat colors will work best for them. You want to choose mat colors that will spotlight the photos without overpowering them. In addition, you need to be sure that all of the colors blend well together and with your home interior. Opt for several shades of the same base color if you really want everything to work well together.

Once you've settled on your mat colors, you need to choose a frame color. Consider something light, subtle, and natural. For example, a soft wood color will blend well and allow the pictures to be the focus of the wall. When you have both the mat and the frame, assemble the pictures. Place the mat on the picture frame glass, position the photo in the center then secure the back of the frame to keep the pictures in place. You can even add a small piece of tape to secure the picture to the mat if you're worried about shifting.

Create Your Layout

Use cut-out pieces of paper that resemble the size of your pictures to help you create the layout you want. Measure the height and width of the wall so you know how much space you have to work with, then mark off that space somewhere, such as a table or floor, so you can start trying different arrangements.

Using paper and an open space lets you move things around easily to get the perfect layout and fit. Think about a sense of balance with your design. Try to align the bottom edge of one frame with the top edge of another and center some frames over or under other ones.

Secure The Photos  

Once you have the layout, it's time to start hanging photos. Start with the top row of the wall and work your way down. Level each frame as you go so that you can be sure that everything fits together well.

For a more cohesive look, consider talking with a local frame shop about having custom frames created for your pictures. That way, you can work with a common theme and make the arrangement even more unique.