This is what I call Organized Chaos. One might think, at a first glance, that the arrangement of these photos are random, but really they are well thought out and the placement is calculated making the visual of this collage very appealing.
|Here is the wall photo collage finished.|
Within this collage are several horizontal and vertical alignments that make this collage work and also makes the eye read the arrangement in an interesting way. The great thing about this collage is that all of the frames come from different times in life, different places, have different sizes, and have different finishes. They have one thing in common: they are all going on the wall together! And this is what makes the chaos organized.
To begin: make a practice arrangement on the floor in front of the proposed wall. This is where you can try out sizes, shapes, and alignments. In the photo below you can see that the blue line shows the centering of the arrangement on the couch and on the wall. This makes the arrangements the centerpiece of the wall and really brings it to life.
Next: the white lines represent the vertical alignments of the photos and the black lines represents the horizontal alignments. By doing this, you make sense of the different sizes, shapes, and colors and really make the arrangement cohesive.
|This photo shows the blue centering lines with white vertical and black horizontal lines.|
As you are pretty happy with the arrangement that you have pre-arranged on the floor below the selected wall, take one last look at the composition (and maybe take a picture of it to remember what goes where). In the photo below you will notice an oval shape over the wall arrangement. This oval represents the organization of the arrangement that your eye follows as it sees the outer-edges of all of the frames and it begins to make a circular motion. This seemingly simple configuration makes a great focal wall without competing with the other prominent architectural features of the room.
|This photo shows the oval superimposed over the collage making this a true focal wall.|