Sometimes figuring out how to display baby photos in your home is tougher than Capturing Baby Milestones on Camera in the first place! Actually, I’ll expand that sentiment to include all types of portraits. It’s great to have family portraits to document milestones — but, once they’re taken, the dilemma becomes what to do with them?
Depending on what my clients’ homes will accommodate, I do usually recommend some sort of wall display. I love displaying baby photos, especially in nurseries! All too soon, babies grow into kids, and those adorable little bundles of joy become little men and women. Where space is a constraint, I’ve found there are still options for displaying baby photos as part of your home decor — it just takes some imagination and creativity. A baby’s first year album can be displayed on a bookshelf, a floating wall shelf, or coffeetable; smaller framed pieces can grace the smallest of walls and still look meant to be.
Displaying Baby Photos – Our Wall Decor
Let me give you a little tour through my home so you can get some inspiration for displaying baby photos in your own home too! When you first enter through the front door, there is a very small wall next to our coat closet. It’s a little less than two feet wide. A while back, I found the perfect shelf (with hooks!) for the wall, and created a little display that I enjoy very much. My mother-in-law gave me this lovely frame; and while not usually my style, the frame is something I enjoy in this arrangement. At the far right on the shelf, you’ll see a gorgeous glass frame that my cousins gave us for Toby’s baptism – it displays the correlating photograph of his baptism. The two wooden sculptures are pieces I picked out while in Israel with my grandmother – I am so glad they made it home safely!
As you stand in the entryway and look the opposite direction, you’ll see our formal dining room. This is actually an older photo — we’ve since moved around some furniture and are now displaying these baby photos in our bedroom hallway. But I love the grid layout of these images!
As you continue into the main area of our home, you’ll see the huge fireplace, and lots of windows. We wanted to place a portrait that would balance out the fireplace, so large scale was a must. The photo over the fireplace is actually before kids, from a trip to New Hampshire (taken in the southernmost part of Maine). We have several small frames on the mantel holding snapshots of life after kids — 8x10s and smaller are great tabletop options for displaying baby photos that you want to keep updated on a regular basis. Our furniture setup has changed a bit since this photo was taken — we added in a rug, and moved couches to create a cozier, kid friendly play are. But the open feel remains.
Next, we’ll swing by the kitchen, where we have another tiny wall, maybe a foot and a half wide. This one presently display’s four portraits from our son’s first year. These framed art pieces are great because they fit pretty much anywhere — giving you lots of options for displaying baby photos wherever you want to see them in your home.
Finally, we’re about to get to the best place for displaying baby photos — baby’s room! Once again, if you were to visit our home today, this room looks slightly different… We’re preparing it for the arrival of our second son (and Toby got to move to his “big boy” room”). Anyways, the focal point of the room, when we designed it, was the wall with the crib. We set this up before baby arrived, and I wanted to have it be personalized from the start. So, block letters over the crib were a great choice.
The nursery also holds a very comfortable recliner, in which I spent many hours. I set up a side table right next to the recliner so that I could easily grab my waterbottle, reading material, knitting, or whatever snack I needed while nursing our new arrival. On the wall, you’ll see a neat three-dimensional piece that has four of our son’s newborn features — who doesn’t love infant hands, feet, ears, and even belly buttons? If you look in the reflection of the left window, you’ll see where we placed the dresser with changing table — along with a painting to match the theme of the room.
The final wall in our nursery had to hold books, of course! Being a bookworm myself, I wanted to encourage a love of the written word as soon as possible. We stashed age-inappropriate books (as in “too old for a newborn”) on the shelves from the beginning, leaving space on the bottom shelf for the cloth and board books. This was a wonderful location for reading material — right next to the recliner, which became our reading chair later in baby’s first year. On the wall, we decided on another three-dimensional piece — it has part of our birth announcement, plus a baby photo of our son. The top of the bookshelf has a cute frame (matches the theme of the room!) — we updated this from time to time so that we could continue displaying baby photos that were developmentally on track.
Finally, what baby room is complete without a nightlight? I love this custom photo nightlight that displays a newborn baby photo of me with our son. It’s now in our upstairs hallway, but regardless of where it’s plugged in, the bas relief photo looks really neat.
In the studio area, where I meet with clients, I have some more ideas for displaying baby photos to share. I mentioned this first option earlier, for those with limited wall space. It is easy to display baby photo books on a floating shelf — you can arrange multiple books, or pair with picture frames, for a nice, modern look.
And finally, another framed image series. I really love these for displaying baby photos because it really demonstrates how much change there is over the course of a year, or even a few months’ time. This particular series showcases images from birth through around the ninth month.
Not surprisingly, we do have more photographs on display throughout our home, including ones from our wedding, photos from trips, and of course, artwork. But that’s for another time. For now, let me just say, I hope this virtual tour of suggestions for displaying baby photos in your home has been inspiring and helpful. I think it is so important to surround ourselves with images of those we love and cherish, to keep the memories we hold dear on display for all to enjoy.
What About Your Wall Decor?
What memories do you have on display in your home? Are there photos you’ve always wanted to put up but have never found the “right” spot?
I know sometimes it’s taken me several tries to find the perfect home for a piece of wall decor. What is your experience with displaying baby photos and planning out your ideal wall decor?
Resources on Baby Spaces + Nurseries
Here are some of the other blog posts being featured today. Topics are cover all sorts of baby spaces, from – nursery ideas and to play spaces. You may also want to check out Pottery Barn’s How To Create A Frame Display (PDF), and my Pinterest board on Photo + Wall Decor. Links open in a new window for your convenience.
Follow Betsy @ BPhotoArt.com’s board Photo + Wall Decor on Pinterest.