This is my old window frame photo collage in our family room. There’s two reasons why I’m in love with it.
First, it’s an easy way for a non-designer like me to create a stunning wall collage. It’s versatile, affordable, balanced without being too perfect, and very easy to change over time.
It was a bit of a process for me to come up with this idea and refine it, but it really is an easy project that you could do in a weekend!
It’s so simple that it doesn’t even need a tutorial. Instead, I’ll tell you about my little journey in creating it, and why this is my absolute favorite decor in my home.
My husband acquired this old window frame that had been sitting in a barn for years. He bought it in a bundle of old window frames, to up-cycle for different projects, but this one was too big.
I liked it and wanted to use it somehow, so I wouldn’t let him give it away. I just didn’t know how to use it. So it sat in our garage for several months. I used it as a table backdrop for my baby girl’s 2nd Bee-Day Party, and then when the party was over it went back to the garage for several more months.
Finally one day I decided I wanted to upgrade our college-dorm-style family room decor with a nice, grown-up wall collage framing our TV.
I hung the big window frame on the wall and it looked nice, but way too empty. I racked my brain for what to do with it, and then it suddenly dawned on me, a photo frame collage inside the window frame! I already had a bunch of picture frames and prints, just waiting to be displayed.
My picture frames were collected over the years and didn’t match at all. So once I decided the color scheme for the wall collage would be blue, brown and white, I asked hubby to spray paint most of them white, and left the brown, blue and gold ones (which are actually from dollar stores and thrift stores!).
I arranged the frames off-centered within the window because I didn’t want it too perfect with straight lines and rows — I wanted a collection of various sizes and styles.
The photos I had used originally were prints that were sitting in my cupboard, and were all from professional portrait sessions. They were taken by many different photographers at different times, and all with different colors and styles.
I left it that way for a while, but I started to think it would be better if all of the photos were black and white. Even better if all of the photos were from the past year. And even better still, if all of the photos were mine.
This is the second reason why I love this window wall collage and why it’s my favorite decor in my home – these are my photos.
I remember the moment I took each one and the emotion I was feeling.
I know the work and passion that I put into improving my photography.
And when I see them on our family room wall, I feel proud. My photos are good enough to display on a wall.
And, I will go so far as to guarantee that, your photos are good enough to display on your wall too.
How do I know that? Because “good enough” doesn’t have to mean they were paid for. “Good enough” doesn’t mean they follow all the photography rules, are technically correct, and rival any professional photographer’s work.
“Good enough” means they invoke memories, and most importantly, bring you joy. Put your own photos on your wall, and see the difference it makes in your home 🙂