Struggling for ideas when it comes to displaying your fondest memories? Want something a little different to the standard photo album? Check out these ideas for an alternative approach to showing off your loved ones and adventures…
Photo frames are the traditional way to display your photographs. But you needn’t stick to the standard picture frame on your mantelpiece or window ledge.
Go eccentric with your framing and bring your memories to life on the walls of your home. The frames needn’t match. Hang all sorts of antique style frames of all shapes, sizes and colours across a wall. It’ll make an excellent feature.
This is particularly effective when displayed up the stairs, as stairs are often neglected when it comes to interior design. The look is best on a completely plain wall, or the overall effect will be too busy (no fussy florals here!)
Photo shelves are coming into fashion when it comes to interior design trends. These thin shelves will hold your photos in neat, symmetrical lines for everyone to admire – and if you're a minimalist fan, this is a popular look.
Clocks provide a whole host of photo display ideas. You can have custom clocks made where your image makes up the face of the clock. Or you could go DIY and make your own photo clock.
All you will need is a simple clock device and 12 framed photographs. Mount your clock hands on your wall. Then place your photos around it in twelve, even spaces, where the numbers 1-12 are usually located. Time will pass quickly as you reminisce your favourite times spent with loved ones. Sorry, couldn't resist that one 🙂
This is a more discreet way of showing off your family, friends and travels. Coasters can be made with your favourite images on.
They will be stored away until someone comes for a drink. Then you can whip them out and they're sure to provide a great point for conversation over your cuppa.
Strings and pegs
This is a firm favourite of students, as it’s cheap and simple to do but still creates a pretty, chic effect.
Pin a string across your wall and peg your polaroid photos onto it. It’s as easy as that. No hassle, no fuss, no mess.
If you don’t want to mark your walls with pinholes (which is sometimes important for those who rent), you could consider running the string along your window ledge, a bookshelf or looping it across your bed frame. The possibilities are endless.
The lack of permanence of this technique means the strings can be moved easily from room to room. Pair with a string of fairy lights for a cute, alternative aesthetic.
Are you an avid traveller? Show off where you’ve been! Mount a map of the world on your wall. You can cut your photos out and stick them over the place you have visited.
Alternatively, you can merely stick them to the wall surrounding the map, using a string as a marker for where the photo was taken.
Photoboxes are a relatively new idea. They are what the name suggests. A box (usually wooden) which can contain your photos.
However, they are more organised than your standard memory box. Usually they have compartments or clear cases for your photographs. This will protect your pictures and keep them in place.
If you have a particularly lovely picture that you want to keep and showcase for years and years (here's one we made earlier!), then you can't got wrong with a canvas print. How did we get the kids to smile in this one? By throwing them up in the air!
They used to love being thrown and caught when they were young (and it was a great arm workout for me!). I love this picture as it's a natural shot and it's an ice-breaker when guests come to visit. We got the photographer to change the colours of their tops to match our lounge colours – fortunately I still like pea green!
Digital frames really bring your memories to life. Usually in the form of an electronic tablet, a digital photo frame will display a slideshow of your carefully selected, favourite photos.
You’ll never get bored as the image changes constantly throughout the day. The only thing you have to worry about is changing the batteries every now and then – or hiding the cable if it's plugged in!
What's your favourite way of displaying photos?