We live in a digital age, and thank goodness for that. I love being able to email out a photo of the cousins at Easter dinner and proudly share my little’s first visit from the tooth fairy on Facebook.
Your family photographs, pictures of the people you love most in the world, shouldn’t just be found on your computer and phone. Your family photographs belong on the walls of your home.
Good news, beyond just being a great way to decorate your home, hanging family photographs on your walls has other benefits as well.
Psychologists have studied the effect of having family photographs displayed in the home and found that those children with photographs displayed in the home grew up with greater confidence and sense of belonging than those who didn’t. They had stronger feelings of value and a better understanding of where they came from.
And it’s not just our littles who benefit from seeing photographs on the walls. On the hard days, like the day you got some sad news about a friend or the day that your littles just won’t stop fighting (all. freaking. day.), seeing those photographs on your wall can boost your spirits too. I’m not saying that hanging family pictures on your wall will solve all the world’s problems. But it can give you a little boost, a little pause, a moment of gratitude for the amazing people in your life.
The types of images you display can have a profound effect as well. Imagine a photo of your grandparents or great-grandparents from 30 years ago. They’re perfectly groomed, posed formally and smiling at the camera with a ‘say cheese’ sort of smile. Now imagine a photo of them with their arms around each other. She’s letting out a big belly laugh at something he said. For as long as you can remember he’s been cracking jokes and playing pranks. Wouldn’t you rather be reminded of how much they loved and laughed and the feeling you got when you were around them instead of just remembering what they looked like?
These photographs are displayed above the piano in our dining room. I see them every day, many times each day. We’re not looking at the camera in a single one and yet these photographs make me happier and show our love better than a formally posed photograph ever could.
If you’re looking for more inspiration on how to display your family photographs, each week on the Jenn Di Spirito Photography Facebook page I feature a new wall gallery. You can also view the collection of all the past wall galleries on my site.
Do you have family photographs hanging on your walls?