Decorating Ideas for Family Pictures

Showcase cherished memories in your home with these four great ways to display family photos.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionIf you're hanging pictures on a large wall, a laser level will help you make sure they're all hung at the same height. Hanging each large frame on two hooks, rather than just one, will help keep the pictures from shifting in their spots. (Photo by Jim Wright)

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They're your favorite people and places, and your most cherished memories; surely it's worth some effort to display your family pictures in style! Whether your decor is traditional or modern — and if you're handy or hopeless with a hammer — there's a beautiful way to give your family photos pride of place in your home.

Because the dining room of this home in Westwood, Calif. is only 18' x 15', it was especially important that the photo arrangement be sleek and simple, says designer Nicole Sassaman. To create the modern look she was after, Sassaman enlarged the pictures — all relatively recent shots of the residents' immediate family — to 8" x 10" each. The frames are stock items from Pottery Barn; similar ones are available at most decorating and art supply stores.

"When I can I use even bigger frames than this, and very oversize mats," says Sassaman. But whatever the size, "I don't like to clutter things up with different frame finishes. I prefer to keep it simple by using identical frames."

Although the look may be simple, hanging these photographs was not. "To create a set-up like this, get out the measuring tape and bring your patience because it takes time and can be tricky," says Sassaman.