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How to
Create A Memory Wall

A family is what makes a home truly special. While each person might have a space in the house that allows him to show off his own personality or interests, a memory wall celebrates the family as a whole. A memory wall contains pictures and other artifacts collected from family and friends that represent all of the good times had over the years.

Putting one together is simple, and a perfect way to decorate a family room or other common area of your home. At Pottery Barn, we’ve put together a few tips to help create a memory wall for your home using beautiful and stylish picture frames.

Start by choosing the frames that you want to use on the wall. This allows you to really get creative. If you want a uniform and cohesive design, then opt for frames that are the same or similar. For example, you might select all black frames of the same size. You can use all black-and-white photos to give your memory wall an elegant look.

For an eclectic look, choose frames of different styles and sizes. Select two or three larger frames to balance out the small ones and make the wall look more interesting. Opting for frames with a simple design reduces distraction so that the photos are the highlight of the wall.

When selecting pictures and artifacts for the wall, avoid choosing too many small pieces. This can make your wall look busy and cluttered. Instead, focus on a few key memories that you want to highlight. Also, avoid choosing too many to start. You want to make sure that you have adequate space left on the wall to add new memories.

Before hanging anything on the wall, plan out the design. Make photocopies of the pictures you want to use so you don’t damage the originals during the process. Trace the edges of the picture frames onto craft paper and cut them out. Tape the pictures to the paper that corresponds with the frame it will go in. Use painter’s tape to attach the paper to the wall and start designing your layout. Move them around until you find the layout you prefer the most.

Make a mark on the paper to represent where the nails should go for each frame. Attach the nails and hooks, and then remove the paper from the wall.Hang your framed photos and your memory wall is complete. With a small amount of planning, you can celebrate your family and decorate your home with all of the memories you’ve created over the years.