a large group of photographs hung in similar frames

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Museums and galleries often use light-colored monochromatic walls as backdrops because they visually recede, allowing the art to dominate. Here, by combining more than 60 family photographs and artwork in a single grouping, these homeowners created a vivid accent wall. The frames are all black or brown and are roughly the same size, which helps unify the collection, turning it into a single large composition. A larger piece of art--similarly framed in dark wood--hangs in a niche at the far end of the hall to create an additional focal point.

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