We’ve all been stuck inside for a long, long time. (Does anyone really know what day it is?) One of my problems is that I just cannot watch TV. I don’t know what happened to me as a child, but when I sit down to relax and turn on the television, I immediately start thinking of things I should be doing for work. So, I have to carefully think of projects to do that can allow my brain to turn ‘off‘, much like what my friends describe to me as the “TV Brain Freeze“.
Because I have a brain that will NOT STOP overthinking, I’ve found a few household projects that help my brain turn off. Here are my top three:
- Cleaning out closets and cabinets
- Painting walls, furniture, cabinets, etc.
- Rearranging artwork and photos
The first two are self-explanatory, and for the first, I follow the guideline’s in Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. (BTW, it IS life-changing). But the third, well, until I was a photographer and really started researching the art of balance and cohesion of art and photos, it was a mystery. Below are three ideas I’ve gravitated towards over the years, but there are many, many more.
Ultimately, no matter the arrangement, just hang images and art you LOVE. Get them off your hard drive and into your life!
A gallery wall is a great way to hang many photos at once and a way to visually tell your families’ story over the years. Stick with one color for your frames for a minimalist look and have at least two inches between each framed piece so avoid looking overcrowded. I have this arrangement in a hallways in my home and every few years, to help keep it looking fresh, I paint my frames the same color to avoid purchasing new frames.
Layering on a Shelf
We all have shelves, and one of my favorite ways to display photos in an artful layering of images. This method is easy to rearrange when the mood hits, and easy to change up. For framing, stick with either the same tone of frames, or a mix of black and white, or silver and gold.
The Simple Single
My last example is probably my favorite. I love clean lines and lots of white space, so hanging a simple canvas with no frame feels so uncluttered and relaxing to me. (I think I’ve read too much Marie Kondo, lol)
I hope this article gave you some ideas on how to arrange and plan for your family photos to decorate your home and office!