Friday, July 1, 2011

A how-to for photo arrangements.

I'm back! Puerto Rico was absolutely amazing. So amazing that instead of the original plan of posting a photo meant to inspire each day I was there I ended up not being able to decide what beautiful thing to post and just bailing on the plan of posting while on vacation all together. Hopefully for the next trip (San Fran in 14 days) I'll be able to lock it up and post some eye candy for everyone.

Majority of the photos are sitting on either my borrowed camera (thanks mom!), Jim's phone or two waterproof disposables that I will hopefully be getting developed tonight. So, stay tuned for some sweet photos in a later post and start planning a trip to visit!

Moving on, I've recently had a couple of conversations about photo hanging and thought I'd share some tips.

1. Find at least one collage-worthy space. Collages are a great way to make a statement about yourself or feature a collection of something you're proud of. Whether it's your family, your travels or your love for panda bears, find a spot and showcase.

2. Decide what type of arrangement best suits your style. There are two types of arrangements - organic and grid-like - with a sliding scale in between. Ok, so I have no idea if the names of these styles are correct but do know that the descriptions I'm about to give make sense in terms of differentiation. Organic arrangements tend to be more free flowing and shapeless while the grid-like arrangements are clearly organized with the same amount of space, rhyme and reason between each frame. The best way to figure this out is to think of your personality and develop a pattern based on the types of situations you feel most comfortable in (black and white or gray).

hgtv (grid-like)

jenny free style (organic)

3. Lay out the arrangement on the floor before putting on the wall. It's a lot easier to experiment, test and try out different ways to arrange on the floor rather than your actual wall. Find a balance between size, color and photo type. For example, if a large composition is what you're after make sure to have one large photo on each side of the arrangement. If you've got multiple landscape and only a few vertical frames, be sure to space them out across the entire arrangement vs. just in one corner.

6. Almost always start in the middle and work your way out. While there are exceptions to this rule (like it you want the arrangement to start in one corner and let it end where it ends), this is your best bet for making sure the arrangement is in the middle of the wall you are decorating.

Still stuck or don't know how to begin? Here are some great arrangements to give you more of a starting point.


  1. I am more of an organic girl myself. I have a couple of frames stockpiled in the hopes of a gallery wall one day, but I keep dipping into the pile for bday gifts, etc. I didn't know you were gone but... Welcome back!

  2. Thank you for the inspiration!