3 Ways to Display Your Photos

3 Ways to Display Your Photos abeautifulmess.com       As much fun as it can be to take pictures, sometimes it's easy to forget the most important reasons we take them in the first place: to look at them! In our digital age, so many of our treasured memories get buried in our laptop folders and we need a reminder now and then to print our photos and put them out where they can be enjoyed every day. Since we're printing photos, this was another perfect fit for our Canon USA collaboration! All my photos here were printed using the Canon PIXMA MG7120 on their semi-gloss photo paper. Super simple to use! Anyway, without further ado, here are three ways to display your pictures and give them the attention they deserve.3 Ways to Display Your Photos abeautifulmess.com 3 Ways to Display Your Photos abeautifulmess.com          3 Ways to Display Your Photos abeautifulmess.com3 Ways to Display Your Photos abeautifulmess.com
1. Make a grouping of items: This idea is my favorite way to display a photo on a mantel or a shelf. Choose one photo and arrange it with 3-4 other objects to create a group. You can use plants, flowers, vintage cameras or figurines, books, candles, or any other kind of decorative accessory you may have.  3 Ways to Display Your Photos abeautifulmess.com     3 Ways to Display Your Photos abeautifulmess.com      3 Ways to Display Your Photos abeautifulmess.com    2. Create a gallery wall: We obviously love gallery walls here at ABM. It's a good idea to create some sort of theme when planning a gallery wall. Maybe they are all black and white photos, have the same color palette, or are all photos of the same thing (like all cats or dogs!). Use a mixture of photos as well as prints and other memorabilia. I love having a mixture of personal photos along with other prints (like a few of our favorite album covers). You can read more about Elsie and Emma's tips for installing gallery walls here and here.3 Ways to Display Your Photos abeautifulmess.com        3 Ways to Display Your Photos abeautifulmess.com         3. Feature a special event: Sometimes one photo isn't enough to remember a really special occasion. I chose four of my favorite photos from our wedding and hung them with some flea market vintage letters that show our wedding date. We have a wedding book of photos, but it didn't even take 24 hours of this display being up before my husband remarked how nice it was to see them out in the open.

There you go! Three different ways to showcase the moments that you treasure most. So what are you waiting for? Start printing and hanging your photos today! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman

  • Where did you get your silver lamp with the white shade that is on your desk? I love it and need something narrow like that!

  • Those black and white photos look stunning. Really like the display.


  • Love these! The last one is my favorite, what a cool way to display wedding pics!

  • Thank you for this great post.. I really love those black frames!

    Shannon xx

  • I love taking photos. One of my problems is that I don’t have a lot of space in the condo! I made my own collage photo frames to display small images (or trinkets, tickets, etc.) so that it doesn’t take up a lot of space! http://www.everydayembellished.ca/2014/02/picture-frame-display-with-fabric.html

  • love these ideas! the idea to cut out the cat shape is too cute. and very do-able.


  • love the grouping of b & w photos on the turquoise wall!



  • These are all great ideas. I like to display as many photos as possible. Since I have a lot of full bookshelves, I also display small picture frames in front of the books on the edge of the shelves. Also I am blessed with old deep wooden window frames in my living room, so pictures go there too. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • My walls are too sad… they need some art or photos,
    I take note of your advices!

  • I adore the vintage numbers! I am working on making our current apartment our own work of art, and it is in progress. Thank you for the great ideas!

  • How did you hang the moon print? I’m in a rented apartment and I want to make a gallery wall in my room, but I can’t find a seamless way to hang prints without damaging the walls and the moon print looks EXACTLY how I want mine to!

  • Beautiful idea! I love the gallery wall idea!

    I always get each year printed into a photo book to display on the coffee table, they always get picked up before even the most glamorous coffee table books!

    The Macadame. xx

  • Love these ideas! And I absolutely adore that picture of the kitty. haha.



  • They are from Hobby Lobby and the white one is from Michael’s 🙂


  • pete yorn <3 <3 <3 <3
    what is the source for the square black and white frames?
    thank you!

  • i love how “real” all the ideas on here are.
    they easily seem like something anyone with $20 and some free time could achieve 🙂

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  • Laura, you better add a picture of Mac next to that one of Charlie before he gets jealous! 😉

  • Love the moon phases poster as well, it may be from Urban Outfitters.?? And, could it be upside down?

  • Great ideas- I love the groupings on the mantel. I really need to make more of an effort to print photos out.


  • In love with the wedding collage. Will keep this in mind for after my wedding. Such a unique way to show them.

  • I’m with Dani…I love the moon phase poster! Share the love, girl!


  • I just created a gallery wall using my wedding photos and it really made the whole room feel cozier having those memories on display. I love that yours are all black and white, especially the ones against a bright wall.

  • Just curious, where did you find your small desk? Love the square wedding photos on the wall!

  • love your gallery walls at ABM.. Cant wait to have my own home where I can drill to my hearts content and have galleries all over the house!

  • Laura- I love this SO much!! I want to steal your wedding photo idea. 🙂

    You’re the best,

  • Love Pete Yorn, especially that album. Also we have the same wedding annv, well not the year but the same day. Love your house, thanks for sharing!

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