In our current home we have a large ten foot wall between two hallways. It serves as a good focal point in the room, so I decided to set it up as our family photo wall.
I wanted to incorporate what I already had into the idea as well as some new frames. I had three black, extra-large frames with sixteen different sized cut outs for photos as well as two narrow vertical frames with two cut outs each. I picked up three more large (10×13″) frames, an 8×10″ frame, three 5×7″s and seven 4×6″ frames.
In order to space them, I measured the size of the wall and laid out rulers and such to mark off the same space on the floor, using other items to block off where the television and cabinets cut into my canvas of wall. I arranged the frames in a few different ways and snapped a photo of each arrangement. I then chose my favorite and hung the frames according to the photo using a levelto ensure they were straight and sticky tackto ensure they would stay in place. If you are planning to hang any pictures a basic level is a great, inexpensive investment, at under $10.
Since this was something I would be looking at every day, I chose photos that had meaning to me, from photos of my parents and grandparents in their youth, to photos of my husband and myself, as well as photos of our family. Since I chose old photos, I decided to make copies. This is a great way to keep the originals safe in albums while getting to view them in frames. I made the copies on my own printer, but you can have them made at a photo store for as little as .30 each.
I also included an image of my beta aquarium along with the decor on that side of my photo wall. I love the way the vase fits in among the vintage decor. I used blue and white sea glass on the bottom of the vase instead of gravel. The bamboo not only hides the air tube, but also acts as natural filtration for the water and the air in the room. The fish waste feeds the plant, keeping it healthy. A cork disc usually used for houseplants keeps the book case safe from any accidental dribbles when refilling the water in the vase. The blue bottle is a reproduction, but it still has all the style of a early 19th century bottle, the crystal balls are presents I received twenty plus years ago, the early 1950’s ballerina clock is a cherished present from my grandmother.