Putting treasured photos on display is such a heartwarming way to decorate your home walls! But what if wall space is limited? Or you’re afraid that your decorating skills won’t measure up? Help is here! We found some really cool and easy solutions to have those precious pics on show—from eye-catching gallery walls to floating shelves, hanging bars, composite frames, even crafty DIY options. Plus we discovered frame hanging kits that promise pro results in a snap!
Photo Display Options to Choose From
Here’s a mix of photo display inspiration, handy photo frame sets, and DIY projects to get the look you want in the space you have!
Using Photo Frame Sets
For an eclectic yet unified effect, the perfect solution is a frame set. These are assorted frame sizes but all in the same neutral color and finish—just like these sets from Birch Lane, Wayfair and Pier1 Imports (*affiliate links below).
1 – 12 – Piece Frame Set via Birch Lane
2 – 9-Piece Wood Picture Frame Set – by Red Barrel Studio, via Wayfair
3 – Memento Wood Gallery Frames – by Birch Lane™ via Wayfair
A clever alternative would be “connected” or composite frame sets. Choose basic black or with different finishes and elements (like wires and clips) for added interest.
4 – 12-Opening Photo Collage Hanging Frames – by Latitude Run, via Wayfair
5 – Ivory Collage Wall Photo Frame – via Pier1 Imports
Photo Display Products
Decorative display elements using shelving and suspended frames help add polish and pizzazz to your photos—with installation aids and tips included!
1 – Isabella Floating Shelf – A clean-lined design for added display surface in a nook, corridor or tight wall space. By Zipcode Design via Wayfair.
2 – Beyond Words Hanging Gallery – This set includes a hang bar for holding 8 photo frames, plus a full-size template for perfect hanging. By Beyond Words, Ships from and sold by Amazon.com
No-Frame Options for Showing Your Photos
Looking for a more modern treatment? Why not go frameless, as in these products we found using unique materials.
1 – Canvas Prints
These can be wall-mounted or positioned free-standing on a shelf, tabletop or windowsill. A Canvas Prints Editor is provided online via Mixbook, so you can fully customize your photo for printing and for delivery fully mounted and ready to display.
2 – Metal Prints
Photos are customized using the Metal Prints Editor of Mixbook, then printed on a durable, scratch-proof aluminum body, either flat or curved—creating an eye-catching wall or tabletop display.
3 – Byrne Clip Wall Photo Holder
This charming piece from Pier1 Imports does have a handcrafted pine frame. But the photos themselves are simply clipped on however you wish on a chicken-wire back. So you can mix mementos and notes along with the pics!
Solutions: Photo Display Kits for a Pro Effect
Now, if you really want perfect photo showcases minus the guess work, check out these helpful kits available from Michael’s (*affiliate links). Hardware and hanging templates are included.
1 – Gallery Perfect© Hang Your Own Gallery© Frame Kit, Black
2 – Studio Décor® Staircase Wall Hanging Template
3 – Gallery Perfect™ Hang Your Own Gallery, Black
DIY Projects for Displaying Photos
There’s the handcrafted route, too! Take inspiration from these creative ideas we spotted.
1 – Repurposing store-bought finds – This project from Atkinson Drive uses $2 framed mirrors—with the photos printed on a home printer, affixed over the mirrors, then coated with Mod Podge for protection. Easy and affordable!
2 – DIY hanging photo “wall art” – A more casual approach is offered by Pura Vida Bracelets: using lengths of wire and your choice of clips. Great versatility for any size of space, or in case you want to move things around every once in a while.
Tips to Remember
- When using suspended or floating wall frames, be sure to use secure wall mounts especially if placing them above your bed.
- Get creative with shelving options by varying the elements being displayed on the shelves. Some shelves can display photos, while others can be for a lovely vase.
- Go eclectic! Instead of having a uniform type of picture frame, try a mix and match approach with varied types of frames. They can be gilded, enameled, jeweled, iridescent, or even textured with seashells.