Home Design & Decor

How To Decorate With Black & White Pictures

When decorating your home with art, you may find yourself leaning towards colorful prints and photos.  While this is a great way to go, don’t forget how amazing black and white can look in your home despite the lack of bright colors. Black and white photos can make a huge statement, and the neutral palette can help the designs of the art and the subjects of the pictures stand out.

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Create A Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are a trend that popped up a few years ago, and it seems that it is a trend that is here to stay. If it’s a look, you love why not create your own gallery wall with black and white photos. All you will need are frames of your choice and your favourite pictures to create a collection of memories for everyone to see. The best way to plan out your gallery wall is to lay it out on the floor in rough order of how you want to display your pictures. This will give you a visual to work off of as you begin to hang each picture. Make sure to decide on your design before you start adhering photos and frames to the wall.

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Use A Mix Of Frames

Something that can make a significant visual impact is using different frames when displaying your black and white photos in your home. You can use various frame sizes and styles to help your images stand out when they are all displayed together. Consider having your frames sit on a shelf like shown above to allow you to make changes as you create new memories or as the seasons change.

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Consider Mixed Media

Using a mix of media such as personal photos, artwork, postcards, or even framable keepsakes can make for a unique and exciting display.  Spend time finding items that can be framed and lay them out on the floor to figure out how the things go together. By process of elimination, decide on how many items you would like to display and frame them so they can be appropriately displayed.  Ideally, you will want to use an uneven number of things to add an appealing look to your wall or shelf display.

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Think Big

If you decide to keep things a little more straightforward, why not go large with your black and white prints? This will make a massive statement in your home and can work great if you’re dealing with ample, empty wall space.  If you want to use personal portraits, consider being blown up and framed professionally for the most significant design impact. Otherwise, you can use black and white artwork that coordinates well together and can act as a set.

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