How to Create a Hallway Picture Gallery

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How to Create a Hallway Picture Gallery

Staff Writer · Jan 13, 2011

A hallway picture gallery is one of the things that you can create for your apartment that can make it really feel like home. It can be things as simply as photographs you’ve taken or photos of you and your family growing up. It may be the evolution of your relationship in photographs, or your children through the years. Put the pictures that mean the most to you in frames, then get ready for some fun, artistic hallway picture decorating.

Framing Matters

When deciding on the perfect hallway picture gallery, keep in mind your hallway. Did you pick the colors of it? If not, can you later them to be your ideal colors? Try to then pick frames that match your hallway. Keep in mind its style as well. If it’s a very casual hallway that has a ’70’s wallpaper, placing very elegant, antique frames for the hallway picture gallery will be awkward and unflattering.

Picking a Frame

Choose frames that fit both your taste, the pictures themselves, and the hallway decor and style. Decide if you want the picture matted or perfectly fit to the frames. It will likely look odd if some are matted, yet some aren’t. Try to get a more uniform approach to the framing, unless there are just some pictures that you want to stand out as different, down to how they are framed.

Hanging the Gallery

Hang your photos at eye level. A common mistake that many home owners and apartment dwellers make is hanging a hallway picture gallery too high or too low. Because there is so much wall space, up to the ceiling, it’s tempting to fill every nook and cranny. While that can be done if you’re going with a collage-style photo gallery, meaning you plan on simply hanging a hundred or so photos in the hall and plan on covering almost every inch of wall space.

However, if you’re planning on a regular hallway picture gallery, stick to eye level hangings. This should be eye level to members of your household, not the general population. After all, you are designing your home for its residents, not visitors. Keep that in mind every time you go to decorate your apartment; it’s for you, and it should be a reflection of you.

Put Your Imagination into the Frame Gallery

Don’t be afraid to get artistic. Eye level may be a range, if you and your partner are of different heights or there are several roommates in the apartment. Get artistic and have fun. You may opt to hang one frame sideways, especially if it’s a diamond-shaped photo or taken at an angle. You may even opt to establish a stepping pattern to how you hang the photos. A fun display is for a child’s photo taken each year to go ever-so-slightly higher to the wall, ending with his college graduation photo at the highest point. You may even do this as a display of your own walk through life. Using the positioning of photographs can be a subtle statement to a stranger, but a strong one if you know the meaning behind certain pictures and memories that they invoke.

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