Decorating ideas for multiple picture frames & an empty wall collage

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Decorating ideas for multiple picture frames & an empty wall collage
Consider the pictures within the frames when hanging them on the wall. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

You have multiple pictures frames and photographs you'd like to hang, but you're not sure how you want to put them on the wall. Though you will want guests' attention to be on the contents of the pictures, aligning the frames in a decorative way, such as in a wall collage, will add interest to your home's decor

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Mismatching Frames

People often use similar frames to hang pictures together, as it adds uniformity to the design. If you want to create a different look, consider instead using multiple mismatching picture frames of varying sizes and styles. If you want them to be connected by a theme, paint them all the same colour. This way, the paint ties them together while still allowing each frame to serve as an interesting and unique decoration.

Frame Clusters

Hang your picture frames in clusters rather than in a straight row. For a symmetrical cluster, align four picture frames to create an even square or a cross design. If symmetry isn't an issue, hang the frames inside the cluster more haphazardly. Lay them out in your design on the floor first to make sure you like the layout before putting them on the wall. If you don't want to create your own cluster design, use a ready-made wall collage frame that has multiple frames permanently attached to each other in an appealing cluster.

Picture Parade

For a long hallway, a line of many photos may be better than a cluster. In this case, craft an interesting decorative design by aligning only the bottoms of each picture frame instead of the middles or tops of the frames. This is especially effective if you are hanging pictures of multiple shapes and sizes. The line-up will add a parade effect to your photos.

Tell a Story

If the contents of the pictures you wish to hang all share a common factor or theme, use them to tell a story. Line the pictures up in an order that makes sense to you. For example, you could align them chronologically, especially if they show your kids as they grow up. Alternately, you could hang them based on the seasons. Even if the pictures span several years, arrange autumn pictures together and hang them separately from spring-, winter- and summer-based images. This design also works for photographs from various yearly holidays.

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