Albums are good homes for photos because they can contain a whole lot of images, you can add labeling in most albums, and albums constitute dark storage (at least when they’re closed).
But a meaningful wall display is a good runner-up.
Displaying your photos on your walls allows you to enjoy them every time you walk by. Because photos on the wall are exposed to light (even ones behind UV glass), I recommend using copies of your images, but a wall display of family photos can’t be beat when it comes to meaningful interior decorating.
While a serious genealogist might prefer an album with more documentation, my mother appreciates the wedding photos of her ancestors in a pretty little basement nook.
You can see the wedding photos of my grandparents and great-grandparents on the left. Other miscellaneous heritage photos, including my grandfather’s sister who died young and a pencil etching of my mother’s brother’s name at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, are on the right.
Mother brought the display together with mostly oval shapes in frames of similar color.
A thoughtful wall display brings together photos of a similar theme:
- Weddings (as in the case of my mother’s display).
- Photos of your children or grandchildren as babies or as graduates.
- First-day-of-school photos.
- Images of loved ones walking or playing on beaches on various vacations.
- Black-and-white facial closeups.
- Groups of people laughing.
What themes have you used in a wall display to great effect?