Thursday, September 30, 2010

Decorate A Table With Photos

Using similar frames is key when displaying photos.

Decorating with photos might seem like a no-brainer to most homeowners, but the task is actually slightly trickier than how it appears. Too many accent or coffee tables look cluttered with framed photos, preventing the frames from doing what they're supposed to do: showcase the people and the moments of life that you'd like to share with visitors. You can still use framed photos as a decorative tool for your tabletops without falling into the common pitfalls that most homeowners do. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Measure the width of the table you want to decorate. Divide the measurement in inches by six. The whole number of your answer is the number of picture frames your table can hold without looking cluttered. For example, if your table is 14 inches wide, two picture frames are the max it can hold. If your table is 38 inches wide, six picture frames are the max it can hold.

2. Lay out all the photographs that you plan to frame in front of you. Pick photographs that are connected by a theme, such as "childhood moments" or "family togetherness."

3. Put your chosen photographs into frames that consist of similar materials and styles. The frames don't have to be identical, but they should all be evocative of each other. For example, wrought iron frames, burnt copper-styled frames and styles of wood frames are all wise choices.

4. Arrange the frames so the biggest photos are in the back and the smallest ones are in the front. Place them so none of the photos blocks the others.

5. Place a small vase made of a material that contrasts the frames, such as ceramic or porcelain, in the back corner of the table. Fill the vase with bright-colored, short-stemmed flowers such as yellow roses or peonies.

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