With my undying love for taking pictures, the next step, naturally, is displaying them. Obviously, you would frame them, but then, what do you with ALL those frames? Hang them here and there, place them in different spots around your house, or give them away as gifts because you have so many?! How about grouping them? A frame collage, if you will? This easy and chic style not only provides a great solution to your multiple frame problem, it turns your frames into a beautiful piece of art!
Below, I’ve listed many different styles/ideas for hanging multiple pictures. A common theme in all of the pictures is ease. Ease of design. Ease of work. Ease of decorating. The great thing about grouping pictures is its ability to turn a blank/bare or lackluster area into a brilliant room focal point – using your photos, family members and memories. You can even add artwork pieces and decorative items, to play with the design. And it’s easy! If you don’t have the wall space to hang many frames, other options could be displaying your frames on a shelf or table, just by leaning them against the wall. (as seen below).
Here is a basic example of grouping pictures into a collage. A little bit eclectic for my taste, but the idea remains the same. It works because the frames/prints all have a similar theme: whether it be color, subject, frame, “feel”. As long as you have one of the attributes, then the rest could be as different as can be. It’s up to you! Your style!
The same frame and subject – different prints. (And my queen, Martha!)
A great technique. Using blue painter’s tape, mark a straight line across the length of a wall and have that act as a ruler for your frames. The sizes could differ, but make sure the frames are the same. Line up and hang the frames above the tape and then hang them below (creating almost a reflection). For more help, you can find this at marthastewart.com.
A simple row of frames – all the same.
Same idea, only creating a giant wall piece. Numerous frames, but the same style and subject. The more in sync your pieces are, the more you can have!
Using a picture rod to hang multiple frames – eases up the process even more.
Collage with decorations. Even turns wall sconce into art by incorporating it into the design!
Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment in Sex and the City has great examples of grouping frames together. In her new renovated apartment, her bedroom headboard is actually a huge collection of pictures/frames/artwork. All the different pieces are grouped into a simple shape and follow a white theme.
She also incorporates the idea (mentioned earlier) of not hanging frames, but displaying them on furniture, creating a gorgeous backdrop for a tabletop or shelf.
Country Living – displaying on shelves.
Grouping tabletop frames has the same rules: at least one similarity among themselves.
Living room from Country Living. Shows how you could work all these different techniques in a room together. Groupings on the wall and tabletop/leaning on the windowsill. Mixed with single art pieces and tabletop frames – adds such a warmth to the room!
For those who lack in photos – no problem! You can use just frames! By collecting different frames (no glass or backers), you can create beautiful wall art. Take a Saturday and craft a little, it’s good for the soul! Paint all the frames similar hues and arrange them in one of the techniques above. Same effect!
Frames are attached to each other and used as one big piece. Now you’re an artist!
Finally, for those who can’t seem to make it work either way, there’s always wallpaper! Graham and Brown (grahamandbrown.com) makes this great and cheeky wallpaper for the framing inclined. $40.00 a roll.
Be inspired this weekend to maybe re-do a room or even, take some photos and start from scratch!