The Best Family Wall Decor Ideas for Your Home

The Best Family Wall Decor Ideas for Your Home

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Whether you are commemorating a special occasion or simply celebrating the love that you have for your family members and loved ones. There are plenty of family wall decor ideas for creating displays or using wall art to stand out from the other decor in your home.

With so many family wall ideas available, it is only natural that some types of wall art decor stand out to us more than others.

It is easier than ever to get hold of personalised decorations, without having to make everything by hand! But what kinds of personalised family wall art ideas work best for different situations, and how can you set them up in an appealing way?

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Family Picture Wall Ideas


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As the saying goes, pictures are worth a thousand words, each one telling a story of a specific moment or event.

If you are looking for photo display ideas and have lots of family photos from key moments in your life, you can easily make copies and arrange them in your custom gallery wall display.

To do this, you will need a physical version of your photographs, as well as a suitable method of hanging them on your wall.

With physical photographs, such as ones taken with an older camera, it can be much harder to create copies or get them blown up to a larger scale. However, you can usually create copies yourself.

Scanning them into a digital format is always an option if you have the equipment at hand.

Make the Most of Digital Photographs


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When using digital photographs, it is not hard to create larger copies and print them yourself. Better still, you can send them off to be professionally printed by one of the many online services available.

The latter option also has the benefit of the images being printed at a higher quality than what you could achieve at home.

You will most likely also have them printed on a material that is far less likely to wear. Printing yourself onto a regular grade paper can certainly work in the short-term, but will not stand the test of time. Especially if you are not planning on putting them in a frame.

Consider Adding Picture Frames


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Speaking of frames, choosing the right one(s) can be important for family wall decor displays like this. Do you use a single frame for each photo? One large frame that has a collage of pictures inside it?

Many photo frames on the market are multiple photo frames linked together into a single outer body. These act as a pre-assembled display that you can fill with your own printed photos. Of course, you don’t necessarily need frames at all for your wall gallery.

Many people choose to go down the road of printing their pictures on physical items or materials that can be displayed in their own right.

Family Wall Plaques


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Wall plaques are generally single-piece designs which display something meaningful about your family members. This could be anything from a coat of arms to a list of names. The designs can be almost anything that your mind can create.

Some people might prefer a beautiful piece of natural-looking wood with words printed on it for their family wall decor, while others might want an ornate sign that lists their family history back multiple generations.

The key difference between picture arrangements and plaques is that plaques don’t necessarily involve pictures at all.

You could list major family achievements, something relating to your heritage or even a family motto that has been passed down the generations.


Be Creative With Your DIY Skills


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If you want to include pictures with your family wall decor, you can easily combine family photos with a relevant saying. This is a great way to create something very memorable and inspiring for your wall decor.

Some people even go a step further and create a plaque that uses individual photos of a family member or other loved ones. Each one has its own date or quote beneath that has a personal and relevant meaning.

Ultimately it is up to you as to whether you go down the DIY route by making most of it yourself or not. Some people will take great pride in creating something from scratch for example, by engraving wood with names and quotes or painting the individual words by hand.

However, this can be a lot of effort and you need a certain skill level to create an acceptable finished piece. Let's be honest, it is not hard to find companies that can custom-make you a metal wall plaque for instance, with an array of possible designs.

Whatever you decide for your family wall art, you have plenty of freedom with what you create. There is no set design which you have to follow, so use your creativity to its fullest.

Personalised Family Wall Art Stickers


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We hold the family name by which we were born dear to us, which is why so many people choose to personalise their decor with the family name they bear. For this reason, personalised family wall decals are a great way to add a personal touch to any room within the home.

Not only are these wall stickers simple to apply, but an affordable way to finish off your décor in style.

There are many wall art stickers available with various custom options. You can specify not only your colours but often also the size and personalised wording that you require.

If you're specifically looking for personalised wall art ideas, this is by far the best overall option for you. We firmly believe that your name should be adorned on your walls for all to see, whether that be in the living room, kitchen or hallway wall. Nothing shows how you feel about your family heritage more.

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Family Wall Canvas Art


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Canvas is an excellent material for family wall art, as you can generally mount it directly to any surface with little more than a small hook or connector. The low relative weight and great visual style of a canvas means that they are a much more convenient option than a larger photo frame.

You can also use multiple canvas art pieces at once without coming up against fixing issues. Because of this, there is a lot that you can do with even the most basic set of canvas prints and paintings.

There are two main ways to have a design, image or family photo placed onto a canvas or decorative object. The first is through using your painting skills and creating a copy of one of your family photos, or maybe something more abstract in design.

Many established artists sell their paintings using this form of wall art. However, depending on their standing, this can be an expensive option.

Consider Using Canvas Photo Squares


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The second is using real photographs and getting them transferred directly onto the canvas material. This leaves you with an exact copy of the original image. Both of these can be a great way to display someone or something close to your heart on your family wall decor.

One of the most common ways to display multiple images is to get canvas squares that have a unique photo printed onto each one. This gives you multiple pieces that are light enough to move around and reliable enough to endure long-term display.

Since you can swap them out and hang them almost anywhere, you have full control over the layout and where each piece goes.

Family Photo Wall


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A photo display wall can be one of the easiest ways to show off personal memories or achievements that you and your family members have made, creating an eye-catching wall decor display.

Whether you print the images from a digital device or use physical photographs, pinning or sticking them directly to a wall can be an excellent way to create an ongoing display of significant events in your and your family's lives.

What makes this wall of family photos such a great idea is the open-ended nature of this type of design. Because you are not limited to a specific frame size or have to follow a certain layout, you can add more photos whenever and wherever you like.

Some families will reserve an entire wall space for their family photo wall. Writing the dates on the back of each one and pinning them to a large cork noticeboard. Over time this fills out to create an epic timeline of memories and events.

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I advise you to make copies or backups of any images you use, just in case they end up getting lost or damaged.

On a positive note, having a wall of all your most personal photographs on your family wall decor display ensures that you can still create scans from them if you lose the digital copies.

One set will always act as a backup for the other. If you want to go a step further, you can even have numerous boards that hold photos of the different people in your life. You will then be able to track the lives of each of your family members separately so that you have a reference for their major successes and life events.

As previously mentioned, nothing is stopping you from using photo frames if you prefer. It is entirely based on what you think works best, as well as what kind of wall decor you would prefer in your home.

How to Arrange Pictures on Wall


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If you are putting up multiple pictures on your family wall decor, you may struggle to figure out a good order or pattern in which to arrange them.

What can make this a hard task is the fact that they are not all going to be the same style, shape or subject matter. There are various ways that you can achieve this, each of them might hold a different meaning to you and be the final deciding factor.


Arrange Them in Chronological Order


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If you have a keen interest in your family's history, displaying your photographs in the order they were taken can be a great way of chronicling this.

This gives you an easy way of seeing how far everyone has come since the first was taken, especially if there have been a few decades in between!

Family members will have grown up, possibly gotten married and maybe also had children. It can also be a nice way to keep track of when different things happened within the time frame.

Which of your children was first to do or achieve something and which life events came before others, and so on.

Concentrate on Aesthetics


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If you are more interested in how your family wall decor display looks, then focusing on the visual appeal is what you should be concentrating on, like the example shown above with a family tree layout design.

Using the Aesthetic design as a base gives you more freedom to use a wider selection of pictures or photos.

For example, you might have a love of nature or a personal hobby that you can turn into artwork for your wall space.

A good way to lay out a framed photo display, for example, is to trace around each frame with paper or card. Then use these card templates, by attaching them to your wall with masking tape or fixing tack in a random design. You will then be able to move them around to your decor to your heart's content until you are happy with the final layout.

Although this may sound like a long-winded way of doing things, it will save a lot of time and mistakes in the long run.

Place them However You Like!


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One of the biggest benefits of the family wall decor ideas suggested is the fact that they are personal to you and your family members. You get to choose everything about them, from size, to design and subject. You aren't tied down by ready-made elements that you don't want.

This ultimately means that you are free to arrange pictures on your wall however you wish, even if there isn't any logical method behind it!

Sometimes pictures or artwork simply look right together, even if they are not related in theme or design. An added personal finishing touch can then be all you need to create the perfect display. You might not even realise exactly what you did right, but it works!

My Final Thoughts

Wall art can be a lot more than just a way of improving your home decor, and there are plenty of ways to tailor it to suit your personal preferences and needs.

Family wall art is a lovely way to commemorate certain events within your home decor and tell the story of how your family has changed over time.

Longer-running displays might even go back a generation or two if you have older photographs to add. Whatever family wall ideas you end up choosing, there are plenty of personalised wall decor ideas that you can take inspiration from, either bought from another company or made by your own fair hands.

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Author: Matthew Chiappini

Author Bio: Matthew studied art and design at Stamford college, including interior design and colour theory. He still has a great love for art, home decor and interior design and is a keen DIYer, having worked as a carpenter after leaving school. Matthew has been writing home and home decor articles since 2020.

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