Over the last few years, one home decorating trend that’s soared in popularity is the photo wall. It’s a versatile trend that fits in with virtually any form of decor, and every single one created is unique thanks to the memories behind each photo. Scroll through Pinterest and you’ll see that it’s awash with ideas that will instantly make you want to get printing, but how can you get it right? Today, we’ve put together some top tips on creating your very own Pinterest-worthy photo wall, so that you can display your favourite memories with ease.
1: Build Up Your Collection
Building a photo wall can take time, particularly if you’re doing it bit by bit. While there’s no right or wrong way to start, if you’re going to be mixing different image sizes, consider building up a bit of a collection first. Having just one large and one small photo next to each other on an otherwise empty wall might look a little alien to start out with for example, so make sure you have enough photos to put together a decent patch to get started. If you’re aiming for images of the same size, such as square tiles, this makes things a bit easier as everything will look more in proportion – something worth considering if you know you’re going to be adding to your wall over time. A good place to start is with our photo tile multipacks or our canvas display multipacks – you can select up to 9 images with our canvas displays or up to 12 with the photo tiles, so it’s a great way to start your collection.
2: Get a Mixture of Images
Hanging up pictures of your friends and family is great, but if you’re planning a photo wall of epic proportions, it can be a good idea to get a mixture of images rather than all of people – sometimes too many eyes on you might get a bit intimidating! Consider combining them with pictures of beloved pets, views from your favourite holidays, or even just a mixture of shots where people aren’t looking straight into the camera!
3: Protect Your Walls
This is one particular to bear in mind if you live in a rented property! Back in the day, the only way to hang photos and frames on the wall was with a hammer and nails, but of course this was at the expense of our walls. When creating a photo wall, using a hammer and nails is great, but there’s more room for error when it comes to getting the images aligned and spaced out equally. In addition, if you live in a rented property, you may not be permitted to put nails in the walls. Thankfully, to save your walls (and perhaps your deposit!), there are plenty of ways to hang your images without nails. Adhesive strips are a perfect for this sort of thing, as they’ll hold each image in place and won’t leave marks on your walls either, meaning you can easily switch positions if you need to and it’s not the end of the world if you go a bit wrong. They can be available in different types and sizes too, so be sure you buy the correct ones for what you’re hanging – particularly if you’re using frames – you want to make sure they’re designed for the right use and that they’ll be able to support any extra weight! If you go with our photo tile prints, you’ll be pleased to know that not only are they super lightweight, but they come with adhesive backs too so you can easily attach them to your walls and switch them around as much as you like!
4: Frames or No Frames?
This one is completely down to personal preference, but there are a few things you can consider before you make up your mind. If you’re going for frames of a certain colour, consider whether you’re likely to be changing your decor at any point, as you’ll want to go for something that’s unlikely to clash – this is why it can be a good idea to go for neutral colours just in case. If you’re using all the same frames in your display, perhaps buy a few extra than you need in case you plan to add to your wall later – the last thing you want is to discover a particular style or colour is no longer available! Thinking of going for an eclectic mix of frame styles? Similarly to having a collection of images, make sure you have plenty of variety before you get started. The eclectic look is fabulous, but it’s often better on a grander scale, so make sure you have a good collection of colours and sizes to get started!
Don’t forget, at PrinterPix we have a huge range of options that goes way beyond frames and canvas prints. If you want to go for something a little different, our metal photo prints are perfect for displaying those memories that are just that extra bit special. Your photo is bonded onto premium aluminium panels to create a quality, lasting finish. If you have photos packed with colour, these can also be a great option, as the sleek metal finish makes colours extra vibrant – it’ll instantly be a piece that’s sure to wow!
5: Plan It Out
While it may be tempting to just wing it with your layout, planning it all out first will ensure that you get the look you want the first time around, and you can carefully take into account your spacing and the order you want to display your photos in. Get your images together and plan out your wall on the floor first, and that way you can play around with layouts and spacing before you go all in!
6: Go for a College Canvas Instead
If you’re not too confident with creating a photo wall yourself, or perhaps don’t have the time to spare, fear not, as you can still get a similar effect by going for a beautiful collage canvas. Our collage canvases come in a range of different shapes and sizes, and you can easily create them using our online tool using as many images as you like. It’s a great alternative and will still allow you to display your favourite photos and add a pop of colour and personality to your walls!
At PrinterPix, helping you proudly display your favourite memories is what we do best. Whether you opt for our simple photo prints or go all out with our photo tile multipacks, it’s easier than you think to create a fabulous photo wall! Why not share your creations with us on social media too so that we can admire your work? Use the hashtag #myprinterpix and let us see what you come up with!
Written by Amy Jackson – Content and Features Writer at My Favourite Voucher Codes – 5th August