I’ve been stuck trying to figure out how to tastefully display family photos on the walls in my living room, entrance hallway and other wall spaces in my home – below are some layout ideas I think look really good.
Updated on November 5, 2022
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Family Picture Wall Ideas
Let’s look at how to display family photos-tasteful layouts and ideas for your walls. These are simple and aesthetic layout ideas that, to me, do NOT look cluttered at all.
To me, these ideas and ways of arranging family photos on a wall are very tasteful and look really nice.
I wanted a family photo wall layout that looked more like an accent wall with pictures – and that’s what the ideas in the example pictures below are.
I found some minimalist-style layouts that are more level and balanced – some are staggered – and some are a bit more of a “farmhouse collage” in decor style – but these are the family photo wall layouts I am considering for my home.
For Living Room
I really like this simple, yet personal, family photo wall layout idea for my grey living room – I think it would look great over my couch!
I LOVE this family picture display wall idea for hanging photos in the narrow hallway outside our guest bathroom.
I was a HUGE fan of the show ‘This Is Us‘ so naturally, this design idea is one of my favorites.
I have a long, narrow hallway going towards my master bedroom and the wall is totally empty, bare and BORING.
I didn’t want to hang some favorite family pictures in a busy, overwhelming way – rather something more tasteful and simple.
I like this photo wall idea for that hallway, BUT… I’m not so sure about the large picture frames overlapping like that…
This next family photo wall decor idea I absolutely LOVE.
Just look at the layout in the example picture below:
Instead of using frames around my pictures, I can display the family photos WITHOUT frames and hang them on pieces of rustic pallet wood.
Isn’t it gorgeous!?!?
Here is how to arrange photos on staircase walls – this layout template works for just about all stairway walls to be sure your family photos are balanced and even:
Be sure to measure from the BOTTOM of each picture to the top of the stair it is over and use that same distance for all photos along that staircase wall.
Here’s some layout ideas for your family photos on your staircase wall that I think are tastefully arranged.
I LOVE that minimalist staircase photo wall layout above – simple and modern yet SO pretty… black and white pictures with NO frames.
If you like a more farmhouse gallery wall type layout for your staircase wall, this is a very pretty idea that I’ve seen on the stairway wall leading down to a small finished basement:
Here are some layout and design tips for arranging your family photos on the wall.
If you’re displaying family pictures over your couch in your living room, follow this design template and measurements:
For all other family picture wall arrangements, use one of these design layouts:
Large Photo Wall Ideas
Now, if you want to design a LARGE family photo wall, try this layout and measurements to keep it balanced with a more clean and modern look to it:
Make sure all of those distances between your family photos are equal so you achieve a modern and more minimal look.
Here is an idea of a LARGE family photo wall I really like (and that blue accent wall paint color is GORGEOUS!)
Picture Ledge Layouts
One of my favorite family photo wall ideas is using a picture ledge or floating shelves to display your favorite photos.
Below are many wall arrangement ideas to try:
Pictures ledges can be used in so many ways – you use multiple long ledges to display LOTS of pictures or go with staggered picture ledges – see below:
Gallery Wall Ideas
More interested in a GALLERY wall layout instead of a minimal modern family photo wall?
Check out the gallery wall layout ideas below:
How To Hang Family Photos On Your Wall
The hanging part is definitely the hardest part of creating your family photo wall.
Watch below as Rebecca (an interior designer) shows the best way to hang your wall pictures so your photo wall is even, balanced and looks PERFECT.
Her method is unique and I use it all the time – it works great!
TIP: – there’s a very nifty app for your phone called Hang-a-pic that helps you design your layout, right down to where nail holes and picture hangers go, BEFORE you touch anything on your wall. It’s really cool.
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