Today I’m showing you ways to include family history in the design of your home using my farmhouse as an example. The size of your home and the amount of wall space you have will dictate your choices for display. Sometimes space is limited so you have very few options. Just take a look around your own home to look for ideal spots. Below you’ll find some options for family history display that you can use in your own home.
1. Family Trees
You can hang a family tree at the end of a hallway. A nice picture light over it is a nice way to highlight it. If you hang it in a well-traveled hallway, it will remind family members that they’re a part of something bigger than they are. It’s a great way to visually show how family members are all connected. I found an online company years ago to create our family tree. I just uploaded our ancestry into one of their programs, and they created this beautiful graphic.
2. Gallery or Salon Wall
A gallery wall of favorite family photos or silhouettes can be hung on the staircase or in a family room. I gave a tutorial in a former blog post on how to make silhouettes. This is a good idea when you have young children and want to capture them at various stages of growth.
3. Ancestral Portraits
If you have any formal portraits, they look great above a fireplace or hanging in a dining room. My sister, Megan, painted the portraits of our grandparents. My parents have the original oil paintings, but I made giclée copies of them for my own home. Megan also happens to be Creating Home’s Artist in Residence. You’ll be able to see more of her work in one of the new products coming out in the Autumn! You can also see the ancestral portraits of my grandmothers that Megan painted here.
What are some ways you display family history in your own home? I’d love to hear your ideas as well
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