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5 photo styling tips for your home

Recording moments in life that are precious has never been so simple, but the reality is most of us store our photos away online or just leave them on our cameras or phones and do nothing with them. Photos of loved ones, important milestones and memorable holiday adventures should be treasured and are the perfect way to make a space truly your own.

We teamed up with interiors expert and blogger Danielle de Lange from The Style Files to bring you five tips on how to make the most of your favourite photos by giving them a well-deserved place in your home:

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Tip 1: Organising and selecting your photos

There are many simple, yet appealing ways to get creative with your printed photos but first you will need to organise them. An easy way to manage this is to upload your photos on a regular basis, deleting the bad ones as you go, to a cloud service. Not only will your images be safely stored but you can group your favourite photos each time you upload a batch, making it much easier to find your best shots later.

Choose rich, vibrant and imaginative images that break away from the norm, think about the story you want to tell and express these with the images you select. This will make any wall display or photo book far more intriguing and instantly bring back warm memories of your holiday adventures.

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Tip 2: Choosing your frames

The type of frame you choose is another way of bringing character to your photo display. Photo walls are more pleasing to the eye when the frames complement each other and the easiest way to do this is by sticking to one colour or texture. For example, you may decide to use all black frames or just wooden ones. To really add wow factor, why not think outside of the box and experiment with metals, ceramics or contrasting colours.

Of course the great thing about printing your photos at home is that you can easily switch from one size to another, meaning you can opt for a mixture of small, medium and large frames that will offer another way to flaunt your unique style. The Canon PIXMA MG7750, prints in a variety of sizes (A4, A5, 20x25cm, 10x15cm, 13x18cm) that match a variety of standard photo frame sizes. Try putting a matt printed photo into a glassless frame to add a touch of something different to your display.

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Tip 3: Designing a gallery

Galleries are the perfect way to showcase a group of family moments while giving an instant lift to your home décor. After printing your photos and choosing your frames, deciding how to arrange them is the fun part.

First position all your frames on the floor and move them around until you have found your perfect arrangement. Then select a centre piece (which should come on the wall at eye level) and begin to build around this piece. By keeping the same distance between the frames you can achieve a symmetrical look. Once you are happy with the result you can hang the frames on your wall one by one.

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Tip 4: Getting even more creative

Displaying your photos doesn’t always have to be about using frames. Another creative way to show off those family memories is to make your own magnetic decals. You can easily achieve this by printing photos and applying adhesive magnetic strips to the rear.

Then the choice is yours. For example, stick the photos on your fridge so they can be admired any time of the day or use chalkboard paint with magnetic primer for making a giant magnetic chalkboard. Add some more fun by using whiteboard shapes that you can write on.

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Tip 5: Treasuring children’s art

As parents we love our kid’s artwork but most of us have run out of space to display them and the pile of drawings and paintings is getting bigger and bigger. By taking photos of your children's artwork, you can keep a digital version and store away the piles of paper. It also means you can resize the original artwork and display smaller versions of large pieces. Why not create a children’s art collage by mounting a number of small sized artwork photos on a mat and put this in one large frame. Or you can create a gallery wall with various frames (see tip number 2).

Have fun! Remember that displaying photos is a fantastic way to give your walls more character and as a reminder of the memorable times spent with loved ones.

Read more about Danielle’s tips on styling your home on her blog.