The importance of hanging pictures
One of my friends lives with in a newer townhouse with several other people and lots of homey touches. It's fairly large but laid out oddly, so there are two sort of living rooms and a dining room, but they all feel very comfortable and lived in. There are pictures and art and decor items all around, and I noticed that's what makes it feel good to me--so many pictures of my friend's roommate and her fiancé! On the wall along the stairs, in particular, there is a grouping of a lot of framed pictures, all in different but similarly styled frames, and it looks good while also sharing the pics of important people.
I've always had a few framed photos of friends and family, but they always seemed a little out of place, and more sentimental than artistic. So I took a page from my friend's book and grouped a bunch of them together, which I think makes them look like intentional design decision. I also did this in the hallway/stair area, like in my friend's house. Here's the before of the sort of bland stairwell with a few almost randomly placed pictures:
The new townhouse has a stairwell, too, and I'm thinking that's where the family pics will go again. It can be a forgotten space, but as long as it's well lit enough, I think it's a great place for photos you'll want to look at, rather than art you want to admire from far away.
What about you? How do you display family and friend pictures, if you do at all?