Put It on a Shelf – How to Display Your Photos

Picture shelves and ledges bring a great addition for any room décor. They add color, life and personality to your space. They are easy to build and install (and ready-made ledges are inexpensive), look great on the wall, and they make it easy to create an ever-changing gallery without having to continually nail holes in the wall and then patch them up.

Photo Shelf Frame DestinationTypically, these shelves look quite modern; if you want something a little more traditional or formal, search for shelves that have more decorative or elaborate trim. But really, the clean, simple shelves that are so popular will work just about anywhere.

Of you’re handy with a drill; you can make ledges easily with three pieces of pine (most home improvement stores will cut your lumber to length for you). Otherwise, nearly every home décor store offers a wide range of picture ledges.

When you hang your ledges, don’t hang them too high! Remember, the bottom of your picture is going to sit where the ledge is. If you’re installing, say, three ledges on a wall, place the center ledge low enough so that the center of the pictures is at eye level.

Once the ledges are hung, the fun begins. You can create a photo/art gallery that truly expresses your gallery. And the best part is that you can move and change the framed pieces to your heart’s content. Every day if you like.

Photo ShelfLike the modern/contemporary look? Using the same size and color of mats and frames, lined up in perfect symmetry, will give you the cleanest look. But why not have a little fun? Choose a range of frame sizes, mat pictures in complementary colors, mix family photos with art, children’s drawings, and even framed keepsakes such as a wedding invitation or favorite book dustcover—virtually anything looks good in a frame. The possibilities are endless! Websites like Pinterest and Houzz offer lots of fun and inspiring ideas.

Frame Destination has frames that can help you achieve the look you want, whether modern, traditional, formal or whimsical. Let us know how we can help you!

About the author


Mark Rogers is an amateur photographer and the founder of Frame Destination, Inc. In 2004 Mark realized the framing industry was not keeping up with the evolution of photography via new digital technology and started Frame Destination in his garage. Now his company has thousands of do-it-yourself framing customers across the US that it helps with its 11,000 square feet production facility in Dallas, TX.

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