Personal touches are what makes a house a home, and nothing does that quite as well as family photos and artworks. But finding ways to incorporate a photo display into an interior design can sometimes prove challenging. Color schemes, other art pieces, and overall atmosphere must be considered, not to mention the images themselves. Here, we take a look through the AD archives to see some of the best options for displaying family memories, from a gallery wall in Michael J. Fox’s home, to an artfully arrayed bookshelf in Tory Burch’s Manhattan office. From the mats to the frames, or lack thereof, and the possibilities for creative arrangement, there is endless opportunity to exhibit the truly priceless artworks in your collection.
A Pair of Portraits
In accessories designer Fiona Kotur’s Hong Kong home, James, left, and Rex do homework at the kitchen’s Saarinen table, under the gaze of bold and bright Simon Birch oil portraits of their younger brothers.
An Over-the-Top Photo Display
Cherry-red picture frames, balanced by more classic black ones, bring a sense of ordered chaos to an otherwise spare stairwell in this Brooklyn home. The bright frames both heighten the vibrant hues in the brighter photos and complement the softer, more faded tones of others. Smartly, designer Nick Olsen left the walls white to let this visual dynamic play out.
A Kitchen Gallery
Family photos aren’t limited to living rooms. Why not put reminders of your loved ones in the kitchen? Family photos decorate the wall above a bar cart just beside the kitchen in Spencer Gervasoni and Austin Mill’s Hell’s Kitchen studio apartment.
A Gallery Wall of Family and Friends
A gallery-style wall of family pictures is the focal point of this minimalist hallway in the Manhattan home of Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan. Using warm wood frames and clean white mats—an effective way to visually unify a wall of photos—showcases their collection of full-color and black-and-white images with elegance.
A Family-Filled Dining Area
The breakfast nook of magazine editor Darcy Miller Nussbaum’s Manhattan duplex comes alive with family memories set in tones of sepia and grayscale. The mix of frames in black, white, and gold not only integrates seamlessly with the room’s decor but adds a sense that the pictures have been collected over time.
A Color-Coordinated Showcase
Ruby-red frames instantly pop against the teal walls of the top-floor office in music consultant Andrea Anson’s Manhattan townhouse. Family photos, set in monochromatic sepia hues, are saved from being mere wallflowers by the interplay of the two vibrant colors, as well as the absence of mats, which brings each picture’s subject that much closer to the bold chromatic the interplay of the two vibrant colors.