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3 Ways to Display Prints

3 Ways to Display Prints

Our vintage photography prints can be displayed in countless ways. From the numerous combinations of print sizes and surfaces to endless framing options, the final display of your print is likely to be completely unique no matter how many people own a print of the same image. In this article, we’ll discuss a few of the different ways you can display your prints, creating unique decor that fits your personality and style perfectly. 

1. Create a Gallery Wall

If you have multiple prints or pieces of artwork to display and a nice open wall space, a gallery wall is a great option. This does require a bit of creativity and a fair amount of planning, so you’ll definitely want to get a pen and paper ready if you decide to create a gallery wall! If you need help getting started, we’ve written an entire guide on the subject, which you can read here

Gallery Wall Above Bed

Display Multiple Prints Together 

In short, a gallery wall consists of any number of different prints or artworks hung together on the wall. They can be arranged however you like, whether that is nice and organized in an evenly spaced out layout, or a more freestyle layout consisting of different sizing and placements.

This is a great option if you just can’t decide on one image to order a print of, or if you’ve got a large wall space that you’d like to fill. A gallery wall is also a great option for displaying all of your interests in one place, and creating a conversation piece in your home.

Create a Unique Display

One of the great things about creating a gallery wall is that it will be a display that is completely unique to you. You get to choose what you want to hang and how you want to hang it. You can mix and match different sizes as well as different print surfaces.

If you are mixing paper and canvas prints, you’ll likely have the paper prints framed and the canvas prints unframed, which will add another layer of variety and uniqueness to your wall. You can choose the same frame style for each print, or you can mix it up with varying colors and styles.

2. Framed Paper Prints

Framing paper prints is generally considered a must, as it helps protect the surface of your prints. The surface of paper prints can be quite delicate, so you’ll want to avoid needing to clean the print itself. Framing the print behind glass ensures that dust and dirt can’t reach the surface of your prints, keeping them safe and clean, and helping them to last as long as possible. 

While framing paper prints is considered standard, there are still endless options available, allowing you to fully customize the display of your prints.

Wall Frames 

A print of vintage photography featuring women working on an airplane, framed and hung with other decor

Most commonly we see framed prints hung on the wall. This is a great way to decorate any home or office space, replacing blank wall space with beautiful prints and artwork. The framing world offers myriad options from basic pre-made frames to elaborate custom framing. No matter what your preferences are, there are options out there to fit your needs. 

Statement Pieces

With custom framing options, you can really make a statement with your framing choices. You can choose from bold colors, ornate frames, and different sizing of matting and frames to create a statement piece with your frame. This can be a great option if you want to create a focal point in your decor, drawing the eye to one strong point of visual interest. 

Tabletop Frames

An alternative to wall frames would be desk frames. Generally, prints that are put into desk or table frames are smaller in size. All of our images are available in a range of sizes, allowing for large statement pieces as well as smaller prints perfect for displaying on a desk, table, or mantle. It’s easy to find tabletop frames on the shelf at any store that sells frames. These can make great gifts, especially for someone just starting a new job and needing to personalize their desk space. 

Small framed print on table with decorations

3. As Gap Fillers

Smaller prints can be a great way to fill in any gaps in your decor. Whether it’s for a home or office, many spaces end up needing a small piece of decor to fill in a space, and a small print of our vintage photography can be a great option. 

Small Wall Spaces

Many homes and offices end up having small sections of walls that can be tricky to decorate. Smaller prints can be a great option to bring some life to these small spaces and fill an otherwise empty void in your decor. If you are planning on displaying a paper print in a tight space, make sure you consider the additional size that framing will add to the print. Canvas, on the other hand, does not require framing, so you can order a print that fits perfectly in your space. 

If you need some ideas to help you get started with decorating your small space, take a look at our guide to using prints to decorate small spaces! You'll find helpful tips and ideas to aid you in finding the perfect piece.

Variety of Print Size Options

We offer all of our prints in a variety of sizes to ensure everyone can find exactly what they need. If you find yourself needing a more specific size that you don’t see listed on a product page, please reach out to us! While custom sizes may require cropping an image, we are happy to help you create the custom order that fits your needs.

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