Framing and arranging photographs shouldn't be overwhelming, says Los Angeles interior designer Erinn Valencich.
To prove her point, Valencich often frames photos herself using inexpensive frames from Aaron Brothers and arts and craft stores such as Michaels. "Especially if they are images you have printed yourself," she says. "People have so many great images these days using the different filters that are at hand."
Valencich likes to create vignettes with photos by leaning them on a desk or nightstand or mantel with a vase. Or she suggests layering them over an antique mirror to create luminous drama. Other tips: Use the same frame for each of a dozen photographs in a hallway. Or frame photos in an unexpected hue such as red to add a bold punch of color.
When it comes to family photos, Valencich insists that her clients print their photos in sepia or black-and-white for a more uniform look. "It's hard to put a beach photo next to a Christmas photo next to a baby picture," she says. This way, the arrangement looks more cohesive and pleasing to the eye.
Valencich's no-nonsense approach to tackling photographs includes printing photos at your neighborhood drugstore. "Just bring your [flash] drive, print your photos, do your shopping and leave with your photographs in hand."