Finding the Perfect Photo Arrangement

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a ton of photos of yourself, your family, and your friends. Just looking at the last four years, I have photos from prom, graduation, graduation parties, multiple seasons of cross country and track, my sister’s prom and graduation, a bridal shower, a wedding, various holidays, and the dozens of instances that I just casually spent time with friends and family. The camera that I got for Christmas already has over 2,000 photos on it, and that isn’t taking into account all of the photos I’ve taken on my phone. The point is, I have a lot of photos. You probably do, too.

Most of us share our photos on social media, but it’s nice to also have some physical prints that we can display in our homes. I love having photos on my walls, but I hate the extra expense and work that comes with framing them. Plus, I now live in an apartment where I can’t make holes in the walls. In my bedroom, I hung some prints that I already had using the classic string-and-clothespin design, but that didn’t feel classy enough for my living room. I didn’t want it to feel like a dorm room; I wanted it to look like a real adult’s apartment. (After all, that’s what it is, right?)

My first arrangement of photos filled more horizontal space than my subsequent arrangements, and I felt like that made it blend too much with the horizontal line of the couch.

My first arrangement of photos filled more horizontal space than my subsequent arrangements, and I felt like that made it blend too much with the horizontal line of the couch.

Pinless Pics photo paper was the solution, of course. I chose some of my favorite photos of my friends and family, printed them from an inkjet printer, and cut them out. I left a bit of white space around each photo to act as a kind of frame, but you could also cut exactly along the edge of the photos. Since I knew I wanted the photos to be fairly large, I also made sure to pick some of my more high-quality images before printing. No grainy Snapchat photos here!

So now I had my photos, and I had a location for them: just above the couch. Most of the other walls in the living room have something hanging on them or have a window, but this one was just a big empty white space. I had one more decision to make, though. What was the best arrangement for these photos?

The second arrangement of photos that I tried. I switched back to this one and stuck with it after trying out a third arrangement.

The second arrangement of photos that I tried. I switched back to this one and stuck with it after trying out a third arrangement.

Luckily, Pinless Pics are easy to move and adjust, so I didn’t have to worry about finding the perfect arrangement right away. I pulled up some photo collage inspiration on Pinterest and got to work. I made three different arrangements before settling on the second one that I tried. Laying out photo grids on the floor can be helpful when visualizing your final result, but actually being able to see them in place on the wall made it so much easier to decide what I wanted to do. Even after I moved all of the photos a few times, they still stuck to the wall without any issues.

After being in my apartment for almost an entire year, it finally looks like someone lives there! My Pinless Pics have brought color and life to an area of my apartment that was lacking in fun. Best of all, I know that if I want to rearrange them or swap them out for other photos in the future, I can do so with zero damage to either the wall or the photos.

This arrangement was nice, but it only had space for one of my two largest photos.

This arrangement was nice, but it only had space for one of my two largest photos.