How to Style it Right with Photos

Do you love photos in your home? I know I do- but like so many, I am just not confident about my display choices. Thank goodness I know someone who is a “photo-guru” if you will. Jill at Cool Photo Ideas has given us the how-to when it comes to displaying our cherished photos or prized art pieces in our homes.

Jill says,


“Give thought to the space you want to liven up. Once you have an area picked out then you can measure the area and get a general idea of sizes of pictures you may want to incorporate. Generally speaking anything smaller than an 8″ x 10″ tends to get lost on a large wall, so be sure to think those things through!”

Oh and this is my favorite tip:


“Once you know your sizes, lay your frames (or if you don’t have frames yet, you can get a general measurement by taking the size of the image and add about 4″ for the width of the frame. So if you would like to hang an 8″ x 10″ image, trace out a 12″ x 14″ frame) on a roll of kraft paper and trace around them. Cut each frame out separately. You now have “frames” that you can hang on the wall with blue painters tape (which will not peal paint off your wall), to gauge where you will hang your final framed images.”


“Keep moving your paper frames around until you love the look! Be sure to allow approximately 2″ between your frames. Then you can finish up your project with ease by simply hanging your frames over the paper spots as shown. The sample shows a great way to create a display, buy drawing an ‘imaginary’ line and then working above and below the line to create an organized look. Perfect for the beginner!”

Love this design tip from Cool Photo Ideas? There are many more where this came from! Check out:


Jill knows how to solve your “fear of putting holes in the wall only to find you hate the way the portraits look when they are hung.” Cool Photo Ideas is full of solutions.

This fabulous e-zine is filled with ideas, sources, articles, contests and more – all photo related of course!

Tell me, what area of your home would you like to decorate with photos? Come on, everyone has that empty wall…..

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6 Comments on How to Style it Right with Photos

  1. Janene
    October 28 at 6:09 am (9 years ago)

    I would LOVE to decorate my office with pictures. I spend so much time in here, it would be wonderful to bring pictures of my loved ones in to surround me. Currenly, I only have a couple of pictures on my desk.

    Love Jill’s website.

  2. Red Thread Confections
    October 28 at 6:27 am (9 years ago)

    Great advice! I can’t even tell you how many hidden holes are under my pics – wish I knew this tip back then! Will definitely be using it in the future. Thanks! – Annika

  3. Cindy
    October 28 at 10:32 am (9 years ago)

    The rule is 2″, but I’ve even seen it done with no space between frames. I actually liked it, once I saw it. LOVE the craft paper idea. SO much better than trial and error!! ;)

    Right now I’m working to get the stairway done with photos and our “Family Hall of Fame” done with the kids’ awards from different things. I saw a pic on Jill’s site a while back that showed a stairway arrangement that I loved. Great ideas!!!!

  4. Tara @ Feels like home
    October 28 at 1:16 pm (9 years ago)

    I love having pictures hanging in my home. Anyone who comes over can see instantly what’s important to us – our family and our pets. Their faces adorn nearly ever flat surface in the house, walls included. I’m going to head over to Jill’s site and see if there are tips I can use. Thanks!


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