Light bulbs that sparkle. Tinsel that twinkles. Keepsakes that dazzle. When it comes to holiday décor, turning your home sweet home into a winter wonderland is one of the most thrilling and joyous parts of the season.
And what better way to welcome guests than by updating the photos in those frames that dutifully add personality to your halls and walls all year long.
In the age of smart phones and digital cameras, it's never been easier to turn those spontaneous snapshots into seasonal sensations.
start with a theme
When you've decided to update your photos, the only question then becomes how do you want to organize them. Choosing a theme helps you paint a picture that tells a story. Your story. Do you go with a winter theme? Last year's ski trip? A collection of Christmas mornings over the years? Family vacation? The possibilities are limitless.
get the look you want
A great way to add drama to your display is to put all the photos into similar color tones. Even if you're not a "photoshop wiz," there are lots of software options for the "layman" to help you create the perfect look. You can always go full color, but black and white gives a sophisticated feel that blends in with the décor while a sepia is a little bit warmer and can add depth. Using similar blurs, filters or other finishes can pull all the photos together for a professional looking collection.
printed and hung on the walls with care
Once you've achieved the look you want, printing is a snap. If you don't have your own photo printer, many photo print shops allow digital upload and will help convert to proper sizing. They may even do the photo finish work for you if you don't feel comfortable—or don't have time! If you feel your frames could also use an update, a gallery style frame set can really make an impression.
So while you're pulling down boxes of decorations from the attic and finding the perfect position for the tree, make a plan to fill the frames in your house with pictures that showcase your family's amazing personality.