Decorating with photos adds a personal touch to your home. Photos capture memories and make you feel something when you look at them. I personally like to use photo frames throughout my home, especially in my bedrooms and living areas.
There are many ways you can use photo frames in your decor. This post looks at using stand-up photo frames on small tables such as a bedside table, side table or console table. Here, I share my 1,2 styling recipe and it’s easy to do.
The 1,2 Photo Frame Styling Recipe
One bigger frame paired with one smaller frame. This works particularly well when you use a 5×7″ (13x18cm) with a 4×6″ (10x15cm) frame. To display your frames place the bigger frame at the back, then offset the smaller front frame, so both photos can be seen in the frames. Watch the video.
A note on frame sizes. 5×7″ and 4×6″ refer to the photo frames opening – the size of the photo you put into the frame. The actual dimensions of the frame will vary depending on the thickness of the frame and whether it has a mount inside the frame. You can use different size frames such as a 7×10″ with a 5×7″. Just make sure they are close in size but one is bigger and one is smaller.
Echo Frames from Pillow Talk available in 3×5″ and 4×6″
Link the frames by choosing the same material or colour frames. You can also choose photos that have the same colours or theme to them.
Here both the frames are silver, and the photos both feature a blue sky. One was taken at Hamilton Island, the other at the Grand Canyon. They work together as they have similar colours. Both frames were from Laura Ashley (no longer available). For similar try Pottery Barn. Frames can be displayed either vertically (Portrait) or horizontally (Landscape).
Other Photo Frame Styling Tips
You can display the frames on their own or as part of a larger arrangement.
When displaying the frames on their own, it can look good to add a smaller contrasting shape object to the collection. Here I’ve added a Glass House candle.
These bamboo frames are from Hamptons Home The gorgeous ballerina is my daughter.
If you have 2 photo frames that are the same size, you can replicate the bigger-smaller styling by propping one of the frames up, like in the image below where one frame sits on a book.
Venetian Beaded Edge Frames from Bed Bath n’ Table – available in both 5×7″ and 4×6″
You can mix different shaped frames together. Try using a bigger rectangle or square frame with a smaller circle one.
I have a square and circle frame together on our bedside table. The square one was from Zara Home, and the small circle one from Target (no longer available).
Beaded Silver Frames from Pottery Barn available in different shapes and sizes
So get some of your favourite photos off the computer, print them up, and pop them in a frame. Use this simple 1,2 styling tip and you’ll be set.
If you’re after another simple styling recipe, be sure to look at my Books plus a Topper styling secret, and my Go To Book Toppers.