To keep things fresh and current, I think it is important to change out family photo displays often. I designed the gallery wall in our family room to have a good mix of frames in landscape and portrait orientation to allow lots of options for periodically changing out pictures. There is space for six 8x10s. So when we select new family photos, I always aim to get three in each orientation.
This fall we had new family photos taken at a nearby park. I took a big risk with a bold color combination, but the result was amazing. My son’s plaid shirt was the jumping off point for the turquoise, red-orange, and olive green color combo. The colors popped amongst the fading fall leaves. Knowing we wanted to use these photos in the family room, I consciously chose colors that would work well in that room. The turquoise and olive green were already present in the room. The red-orange would introduce a fun new accent color.
Before replacing any pictures on the wall, I laid out all the new photos on the floor. While still in their sleeves from the photographer, I arranged them similar to how they would be on the wall. This allowed me to play around with the placement of each photo before putting them in the frames. I wanted to make sure there was not a bunch of group pictures clustered together. By laying them out on the floor I was able to mix the individual and group shots. Then I popped them into the appropriate frames.
I was floored by how the bright colors and outdoor light in these pictures brightens up the entire family room. I love the whole series together. I think it helps tie the whole mis-matched frame collection together into a more cohesive look.
The color scheme from these photos was the inspiration for my guest post today. Be sure to hop over to Nikki’s Nacs to see how I plan to bring more color into the room with these amazing accessories:
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