creative ways to display photos

3 Creative Ways to Display Photos

There was time where you would print out photos, toss them into any old frames and nail them to the wall, but those days are over. There are lots of creative ways to display photos and different types of photo frames you can use that can make an impression and add style to your home.

When it comes to displaying your photography, the possibilities are endless. Whether your pictures are framed, frameless or bound together in a hardcover coffee table book, it’s time to start thinking outside of the box. Here are some inspiring ideas to show off your artwork, along with a few tips for creating a display that will pop.

Quality First

Regardless of how you plan on displaying your images, always start with quality prints. While using a home printer is fast and easy it doesn’t always produce the best-looking photos or meet the size requirements for your frame. From local print shops to online photo services, there are plenty of ways you can order quality prints fast and at the price point you are looking for. You will also have way more print options from traditional photo paper to canvas to metal.

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Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is a creative way to display photos and take your empty walls to the next level. The best part is that you can customize it to fit your style.

There is no right or wrong way to arrange or frame the photos. You can use a mix of different types of photo frames or sizes, or everything can match. If need help, this 9-piece gallery wall kit comes with a hanging template. Give your gallery a theme, color coordinate or make it totally random. It’s up to you!

Like frames, canvases are also a great way to display images on a gallery wall. One tip when creating your wall of art is to lay everything out in advance. And remember, anytime you are displaying art, you want to try to keep it eye level.

Go Frameless

Whether it’s through a printing service or a DIY project, there are lots of creative ways to display photos sans frame.

The company Mixtiles transforms your images into high-quality restickable tiles, allowing you to play around until you land on the perfect collage. It’s a perfect solution for the indecisive or easily bored.

Stringing up multiple images using string and clips is also a popular way to hang photos that is super easy to update. Craft one yourself or purchase one that is already made.

And if you really want to make a statement, online printing services like Shutterfly or Zazzle can print your favorite photo on just about anything, from phone cases to throw pillows. It also makes for a great gift! There’s not a grandparent on earth that would say no to a mug featuring their grandchild’s smiling face.

creative ways to display photos


No wall space? No problem! Photobooks are a great way to showcase a large body of work. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be customized however you like.

Artifact Uprising creates various styles softcover and hardcover books with dust jackets. Pinhole Press is another high-quality custom photo book printing service that takes more of a contemporary approach and many  different book options.

Displaying images in a photobook can be more of an investment than other methods, but they are a long-lasting keepsake.

Tell us about more creative ways to display photos in the comments.

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Kayla Mandeville is a Massachusetts-based photographer. Follow her on Instagram @k__elizabeth.

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