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Picture perfect


A CREATIVE collection displayed on a photo ledge adds an interesting element to a room.

You can take a little more liberty with these changeable displays — experiment with the styles, sizes and order of the frames, and try combining black-and-white prints with colour photos.

The wall over a staircase is an ideal showcase for family photos. Add style by mimicking the step movement with your arrangement.

Begin with frames in similar sizes and finishes, but mix up the lengths and widths of the frames to add architectural interest.

Before hanging, arrange the frames on the floor in a continuous, staggered pattern. Then transfer to the wall.

Patterned wallpaper can be tough to work with when hanging pictures.

Avoid visual clutter by sticking with simple frames and mats that are the same, or nearly the same, colour. This will help the images stand out from the busy background.

When arranging, rely on horizontal lines to keep visual order — try keeping the top edges of two or more frames on the same plane.

This is an ideal solution for displaying snapshots in a tight space, such as above a desk.

Most craft stores will have unfinished — and inexpensive — frames that can be painted any shade to match your dιcor. Cut a piece of foam core to the size of your frame's inset and cover with linen.

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