Rather than purchasing new art, frame cherished photographs of family and friends to add personality to blank walls.
Budget Decorating Ideas: Revisit Your Family Archives
This clever homeowner applied her grandchildren's framed portraits to pieces of plywood and used them as kitchen cabinet fronts.
| Credit: Photo: Helen Norman, Styling: Rebecca Omweg

Why not fill your home with all your favorite people? Raid your boxes of old family photos and sort through your ever-growing digital files to assemble a collection of images to frame and hang. Don't fret if you weren't entrusted with the family albums; have quality copies made at your local camera shop. A traditional gallery wall is always a great hanging idea. Frames don't have to match, but keep them in the same finish for cohesiveness. Also think outside the box and try a new display idea. A large framed photograph, attached to a plywood backing, is a great alternative to a boring cabinet front. Or, place photographs in a row above a doorway to draw attention up.

Our Favorite Sources for Inexpensive Frames

  • Michaels: This arts and crafts store has a quality selection of ready-made frames and a good in-house custom framing shop. Before you go, look online for coupons. michaels.com
  • Hobby Lobby: Visit the store in person to see their full selection of ready-made and custom frames. Consider buying unfinished wood frames and painting them your favorite color. hobbylobby.com
  • IKEA: We love their RIBBA series of chic frames with white mats available in different sizes at astonishingly affordable prices. ikea.com/us
  • Pottery Barn: Their well-edited line of frames is great looking and nicely priced. We love the silver-plated ones for a sophisticated look. potterybarn.com