Using Stock Photography In Your Home

Using Stock Photography In Your Home


Using stock photography in your home.

Whether you’re purchasing or shopping for prints there are some really gorgeous photos available online. See my post about ‘stock photography that doesn’t suck’ HERE for some great resources. I like to switch things around in spaces like the hallway and guest bedroom. Using free photography found online I’m able to create new gallery collages without spending too much €$. This of course doesn’t mean I don’t buy good quality prints! It just means when I’m just wanting a new look for the season in spaces I like experimenting that I try keeping the costs down. I’m so sensitive for new trends that I switch things up often —and my bank account is fortuitous that I find ways of saving!

I would like to hang my own photography in my home —this means I need to up my game. I’m planning a trip to a botanical garden this summer and am even considering renting my dream lens since purchasing it this year isn’t going to happen (other priorities). I’d really love to have some cacti prints of my own hanging in the guest room. Also on our next holiday I’m going to take photographs intentionally for using as prints in our home.

The example above and here below are using free stock photography from Unsplash.

Here stock images have also been used for the pillow cases.


Choose a variation of prints and frames in multiple formats. Think of a range from XL to small with different sizes in between. Keep the combination exciting when mixing multiple frame sizes.

The colors of your prints don’t need to be the same but they do need to mix well. Try making a collage with them and play around until it is harmonious. 

Using masking tape or another wall friendly tape can help you when choosing your composition. Tape the outline of the frame sizes on the wall. This way you can play with the composition before you’ve made holes in the wall! You can also use paper cut into the size of your prints and frames (paper tissue / sewing pattern paper). Once you’ve got the placing to your liking start hanging those frames!

Printing? I live in The Netherlands and have here in Enschede my favorite printing shop. They work well with their customers and will tell you if something isn’t going to work, provide tips and give recommendations for example paper weights. My advice to you is to find a good local printing shop or use a trust worthy online source. Artifact Uprising is a favorite of mine, but they are quite expensive and I have to pay extra for international shipping and customs so I’m very selective about what we have printed at AU.

Hanging the frames correctly. Each frame has it’s own hanging system. It doesn’t have to be difficult getting the frame hung at just the right height. This video from IKEA shows how simple it can be. It’s in English!

Here’s one more (for IKEA frames) but you could get creative and find your own way using this type of plan.

Not just for on the walls. I personally like placing larger frames on the floor and lean them up against the wall. Also using wall shelving to create small collages of framed prints is also an eye catcher.

Tip! Divide one photograph into sections and spread the sections over more than one frame (make sure it’s a high resolution photograph).

Photographs used in this blog post are from Unsplash.

Here are the image links with the name of the photographer.

Roos OosterbroekScott WebbChua Bing QuanSarah DorweilerChua Bing QuanHannes EglerMariano WerneckchuttersnapMike WilsonVelizar IvanovEmma Lopez


Hope you were inspired by this! I just created a new collection of prints to hang in the kitchen!
Have a wonderful day and please remember to share your thoughts, ideas and tips in the comments section!

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