Picture this

I’m going to share a favorite link of mine I have saved for a couple years here on my trusty computer!  Although, I can’t say I have actually implemented any of these ideas at home, I have used the inspiration at weddings and other events for posting pictures and the outcome is just darling.

Easy ways to display your photos via the Real Simple magazine and website:

Frame Vintage Photos

To underscore the antique feeling, pair old photos with mirrors from a bygone era. Flea markets and second-hand shops are good sources for old mirrors and frames. Bright white mats heighten the yellowish tinge many old photos have; instead, opt for a pale color, like the taupe used here. Custom-cut acid-free four-ply rag mats, about $10 to $18 at frame shops.

Frame Loose Photos

Make a bulletin board from a flea-market frame and a piece of cork. Any old frame will work. Even a gaudy one — like this plastic castoff from the 1970s — looks chic when spray-painted white. Dress up thumbtacks by gluing wooden buttons to them (try Fabri-Tac, $7 at craft stores).

For an even easier solution, stick photos on the refrigerator with magnetic photo corners

Frame your child’s growth timeline or any other series of events

Light-color frames and generous white mats make color photos more artful (and work well with black and white, too). Choose three sizes, then vary the openings cut into the mats to create visual interest. Spectrum Series frames in natural, 8 by 10 inches, $10; 11 by 14 inches, $14; 16 by 20 inches, $18: MTS Frames; 800-242-7173 for store locations. Custom-cut acid-free four-ply rag mats in white, about $10 to $15 each at frame shops.




Frame your family history photos

Generations of family photos make a cohesive whole when hung in identical black frames with crisp white mats. For a timeless, sophisticated look, convert color pictures to black and white. Here, eight sizes of frames are mixed. Burnes Primary Black frames, from 3 1/2 by 5 inches to 8 by 12 inches, $6.50 to $13; North American Regal frames, from 8 by 10 inches to 12 by 36 inches, $11.50 to $23.50; custom-cut acid-free four-ply rag mats in white, $10 to $15 each.

A large collection of photos looks best grouped tightly — no more than an inch or two apart — in a rough square or rectangle.

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