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Hanging Family Photos

Decorating your walls with family photos can be a nice way to add interest while preserving memories. Put them in decorative frames to add interest. Learning how to hang and group your photos for best effect is key.

You have a beautiful frame for your photo that will be a focal point of your theme in the kitchen. Now that you’ve brought it home, you put a nail in the wall by the bakers rack and slip your frame for your photo over it. Viola!

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Taking a step back, you admire your new purchase. You move your head, looking at the hanging from all angles. Squinting, you take another look at the picture. Something doesn’t look right.

There are a few common errors that are made while hanging and arranging items on a wall. These errors look awkward to the eye, but you cannot put a finger on exactly what is wrong or how to fix it. Use the guidelines below when arranging photos on a wall:

Hanging Large Photos:

The large photos should be your focal point. Be sure to hang it in the right spot. What’s the best spot for larger pieces? Try over a couch, behind the dining set, over a fireplace or on a feature wall. A feature wall is where the placement of furniture or the layout of the home naturally guides the eye to a wall - a great place to feature group photos of the family.

Hanging Small Photos:

Grouping smaller pieces looks nice and can make a great statement. You can tie them together by using similar types or putting them in matching frames. Hang a single smaller piece low on the wall and as close to the furniture as possible, otherwise it will seem to be floating.

Hanging Groups Of Photos:

You can create an interesting display by grouping like items together. The key to getting it to look right is the spacing. Try to have them spaced approximately 3 inches apart. Try positioning them on the floor or a table to get a pleasing arrangement before placing the nails and measure carefully before making any holes.


Photos should be hung with the very center level with your eyes. That means the center should be about 60 to 66 inches from the floor. If you've visited a gallery you will see that the frames are not lined up by their top or bottom edges but that the pictures are all centered at the same height.

If your photos will be viewed from the couch or while sitting at the table, then it should be hung at sitting eye level.

Anything hung behind the couch should be placed no more than 8 or 10 inches above the back of the couch.

These easy tips will have you creating a designer look in every room in your house!

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