*This post has great tips for a photo wall display and is sponsored by Posterlee.
I’m a huge advocate for getting your photos off your computer and printed for everyone to enjoy. Whether you decide to print them for albums or photo wall displays the important thing is that you are printing them.
Deciding how to display your photos can be a challenge as well. I have always loved photo wall displays. I remember in college saving my pennies so I could buy as many 4×6 frames as possible that would cover my walls.
I recently put up a photo wall display in my living room which was in need of something on the walls.
How to make a photo wall display:
1. Pick out your picture frames.
When selecting your frames remember bigger is better. The smallest frame I bought would hold a 5×7. You want to showcase your images so you don’t want them to be too small and get lost on your wall.
We headed to IKEA. I played around for about 15 minutes trying to figure out which frames I would like and how to organize them.
2. Lay out your frames to help pick your photos.
I had a general idea how I wanted to display the frames when we left IKEA. However, once I got home I realized that I don’t take a lot of vertical images and some of my favorites were horizontal. This meant I needed to re-arrange the frames.
6 Large frames – 15 3/4 x 19 3/4 holds a 11 1/2 x 15 1/4 photo with matte. Printed images sized 12×16.
2 Medium frames – 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 holds a 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 photo with matte. Printed images sized 8×10.
4 Small frames – 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 holds a 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 photo with matte.
Printed images sized 5×7.
3. Decide what pieces, other than photos, will go in the frames.
I knew I wanted to incorporate more than just my images in our photo wall display. I found this family photo my daughter had drawn and I knew I wanted to include it.
I also found this awesome print from Posterlee. What is cool about this website is the print is sent to you as a layered PSD file and a JPEG. Therefore, if you want to edit the print in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements you can. I wanted to change the color of the background from red to gray and I loved having the flexibility to do this. It was super easy to customize.
They have a variety of prints to choose from to fit all different types of photo walls.
4. Get those lovely images printed.
5. Prepare your wall
We traced each frame on old wrapping paper so we could tape them on the wall. So glad we did this. I thought I wanted the photo wall to start at a certain point on the wall but after we taped up our wrapping paper we realized it was way too low. This is a great way to play around with the photo wall without damaging your wall in the process.
Plus, you can easily see where you need to drill your holes or put the nails in. This will save you from turning your wall into swiss cheese.
6. Step back and admire your work