For anyone living with blank walls and is too nervous or intimidated to buy artwork for them, this is the article for you. Decorating our walls and mantels doesn’t have to be a big investment in art. We all have the perfect alternative to expensive art in our own homes: family photos. Family photographs are perfect for decorating walls and mantels.
If you have an annual professional family portrait or great casual portraits from holidays and birthdays these should be framed and hung in your home. With today’s digital technology, many of our pictures end up living on the camera’s memory card or on the computer. Culling through these images is a wonderful way to find art for your walls. Today’s digital technology also makes it easier to get prints and enlargements, change color to black and white or sepia, and restore older photographs with photo editing programs. Delicate photographs from generations past can be scanned and enlarged to be framed in a family photo gallery wall or framed for the mantel.
Hallways and entries are a great place to hang family photographs. You’ll see them every time you and your family enter the home. These pass through spaces can become picture galleries. Add a runner or area rug to make the space feel more like a room and you’ll find yourself and others wanting to linger there longer.
Other options for using family photographs as art include printing the pictures onto canvas. Great for filling up a large wall with a favorite family photograph.
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