Holiday snaps can be used to make amazing works of art, writes Gabrielle Fagan
Holiday photos are a lasting memory of happy times with family and friends. But don’t waste them by keeping them in albums, boxes or on the computer – or bore friends with endless sessions looking at your latest shots.
Instead, turn them into art for your rooms. Displayed in clever ways they’ll not only add personality to your home but also just looking at them will give you a warm glow long after that sun tan has faded.
Julie Savill, author of 101 Finishing Touches believes it’s easy to enhance photos. She suggests using a glass-fronted box frame to show off a special holiday shot, and including a small souvenir from the place where the picture was taken.
“For instance, pop in a few shells or pebbles collected on the beach, or maybe a couple of travel tickets or a tiny memento,” she says.
“Make sure the occasion it was taken is never forgotten by writing a small label noting the time, place and people in the photo and stick it underneath the image.”
She recommends grouping images, framed or otherwise, to give them more impact, and advises selecting around 15 to 20 photos for a wall display.
“Ideally, use only black and white photos to give the arrangement unity – colour photos can simply be copied on a black-and-white photocopier. Fast photo shops offer this |service.
“Arrange the photos on the floor before hanging to help you decide the order in which you want to display them,” she adds.
To give it extra impact, frame the collection using lengths of dado rail.
101 Finishing Touches, BBC Books, £4.99
Take your pick from these other top tips for holiday photos.
IN THE FRAME
Don’t despair if holiday photos aren’t inspiring – there’s an easy way to make a collection of even dull shots look special.
Framing a selection of small photographs within a large mount – so there’s plenty of space around them – can make them look intriguing and interesting.
Theme the photos by using perhaps only beach scenes, or shots taken on one particular outing. Alternatively, pick out the most atmospheric photo, enlarge it and give it a frame to itself, then have around eight other similar photos divided between two other frames.
Simple, plain black or white frames are ideal so there’s no visual distraction from the photos.
Choose from white wooden picture frames with an ivory mount from The White Company. A long narrow wall frame is £20, while the large single aperture frame and large four picture frame are both £30. (0870 900 9555; www.thewhitecompany.co.uk)
FAMILY PORTRAIT GALLERY
Why display someone else’s art on your wall when you can display your own? Instead of hanging paintings, get holiday photos blown up and mounted on canvas to bring instant personality to a room.
If you’re hanging several pictures together make sure each is the same size and keep the wall spaces between them even. The trick is to use a tape measure. As the experts say – measure twice to be sure, then hang once!
Don’t hang canvasses too high up the wall – when standing a short distance away from them you shouldn’t need to tilt you head up to look at them.
You can get enlarged photos on canvas from £40 each at Snappy Snaps – and they can also create a themed montage including photos and holiday memorabilia.
It also has personalised photo cushions which start from £40 each, and come in a choice of silk, satin, or faux suede fabric. (020 8741 7474; www.snappysnaps.co.uk)
Wallpaper, especially with a busy pattern, isn’t an ideal background for photographs but ‘Frames’ – a white wallpaper printed with black hand-drawn picture frames in various sizes – is designed to show off favourite photos.
Simply stick images inside the framed spaces and change them whenever you feel like it – this paper could be a good choice for children’s rooms and it’s so easy you could even get the kids to help!
Frames wallpaper is £12.99 a roll from Graham & Brown (0800 3288452; www.grahambrown.com)
Alternatively, create wallpaper from one
of your favourite photographs or a montage of a collection of snaps. Bespoke wallpaper using photographs starts from £45 a roll from online company 55Max.com. (020 7625 3774; www.55max.com)
HALL OF FAME
Holiday photos are a decorative personal touch for a desk or perhaps a welcoming feature on a hall table.
A ’photo tree’ allows you to display more pictures than traditional frames, and it’s easier to vary the show.
A Fotofalls stand in nickel finish has a tiny clip at the end of each of its branches for attaching up to 18 photos or holiday post cards. It’s £20 from STORE. (0870 224 2660; www.APlaceForEverything.co.uk).
POCKETFUL OF PICS
If you can’t resist showing off a whole collection of holiday snaps, simply pop them into Picture Pockets.
This hanging photo display gallery takes 40 photos – 20 photos on each side – and you can simply flip it over to reveal a new display. It’s £8 (55x71cm) from The Holding Company. (020 8445 2888; www.theholdingcompany.co.uk)
Pictures are far easier to change on a whim when propped on a narrow shelf or ledge rather than hung.
There are no nail holes to fill if you want to pop some new ones up, and a random selection of frames in different colours or sizes will only add more interest.
This look works particularly good in a long hallway, as it creates a gallery effect.
A white photo shelf kit (frames not included) is £14.98 from B&Q. Join a couple of kits together for more impact. (0845 850 0175; www.diy.com)
SEE THE LIGHT
Shine a light on your photos by displaying them in a lampshade. A Clippykit shade, suitable for a lamp or hanging light has 18 photo pockets, or use one enlarged photo to run all round the shade. Shade (base not included) £25. (020 7610 0330/www.clippykit.co.uk)
FEATURE: Holiday snaps on a hall table
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Time will fly by if you mark the hours on the clock with pics of holiday memories. An aluminium photo frame clock from Dwell has space for 12 photos (diameter 40cm). (0845 675 9090 or visit their website at www.dwell.co.uk)
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