DIY Black And White Interior Photo Display


If you’re like me, you probably constantly attempt to delete a bunch of photos from your camera roll in a bid to make room for all the other photos you want to take. I’m constantly snapping photos, I love savouring the memories and looking back at those times, especially if they evoke very happy and blissful feelings. I also love sharing those moments with other people, and by having photos on my walls at home it allows me to do that as well as creating a soothing, homely atmosphere around me.

 If you head up the stairs towards the landing in my house we have a cute photo wall going on. Except theres one problem with a photo wall, you have to choose the most important memories of all to display otherwise you’d fill the space pretty darn quick! I don’t like to be limited, I’m one of those people that if I’m told ‘no can’t be done’ I’ll find my own way to make it happen and do it myself. Each photo memory holds the same value to me, so I came up with an idea that allowed me to display loads of our memories at once whilst not taking up the entire photo wall!

I’ve seen a lot of collages that end up looking quite tacky to display, not to demote its value to the owners but for myself I like things to look really clean cut, organised and stylish. Since Pinterest became a thing I’m more in tune with my inner interior designer, haha! I long to take photos of my house that look Pinterest worthy and suprisingly this doesn’t have to be costly either!

So, to make your black and white photo mash up all you need is: A large photo frame (mine was originally from Ikea, but a friend of mine was selling one for a fiver), Black and white square cut photo prints (I think mine are 4×4 and I ordered them online) and some glue (I used PVA)!! Its pretty simple really, but very effective.

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If you have photos that you’d like to use that aren’t black and white, most online printing companies allow you to edit your uploaded photos which makes the process of converting them pretty easy with no stress at all. All you need to do now is patiently wait for your prints to arrive!

Before you get gluing you need to arrange your photos. With black and white prints you’ll find that some are more on the light side whereas others are more dark, you want to create the right balance for a display. Don’t rush this step of arranging them because you’re too eager to get gluing, take time to create something you’re really proud of. Once you’ve arranged them, start sticking them to the back board of the frame, you’d think this step would be easy with square cut photos right? But you MUST make sure you are gluing them down straight otherwise you’ll end up with wonky horizontal and vertical lines!!


This is a great way to add more style to your home whilst still sharing your wonderful memories with everyone! You’ll be in love forever!



  1. Jessica & James November 8, 2016 / 11:33 am

    As you can see from our wall in our room, you’d know how much we love taking photos! This is so so cute!! Love the black an white theme, it just goes so well, very pinterest! Oh love love love it!!

    Jessica & James |

    • cheskaaanels November 8, 2016 / 11:38 am

      Awwh yay glad you love it!! I can’t stop looking at it!

  2. Stephanie Merry November 8, 2016 / 11:40 am

    What a great idea – I have so many photos that I need to print and do something with x

    • cheskaaanels November 8, 2016 / 11:49 am

      I’m constantly printing photos out and with having so many I just had to use them!

  3. LaaLaa (@LaaLaaMonroe) November 8, 2016 / 11:43 am

    Beautiful collage, it’s a good idea. I love black and white photos – they always look so clean and effortless xo

    • cheskaaanels November 8, 2016 / 11:50 am

      Yeah black and whites are my favourites for sure!

  4. helerinablogs November 8, 2016 / 11:50 am

    This looks gorgeous and so stylish in black and white. I have hundreds of photos I’d love to do something with so this is a great idea!

    • cheskaaanels November 8, 2016 / 11:59 am

      Thank you! I really love it! Yes this is great way to display a lot of photos!

  5. Elizabeth November 8, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    That is such a great way to display the precious memories in one’s photographs! We took down our photo wall because it was really old and I wanted to update it, and never got around to! Will show this to my husband and see what he thinks. 🙂

    • cheskaaanels November 8, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      Oooo hope this helps then and is a viable option for you! You can also spray paint the frame into any colour that suits your decor!

  6. vicky hall-newman November 8, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    I have so many pictures to get off my phone! this is fab.

  7. Sarah Bailey November 8, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    I love this what a great idea for a display, might have to try and DIY myself one.

    • cheskaaanels November 8, 2016 / 3:26 pm

      Its lovely isn’t it! The great thing about it is that you can really do any size you like and buy your prints in a smaller size too!

  8. apageofme02 November 8, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    This is beautiful! Such a lovely idea aswell. Black and White photos always look so elegant no matter what is happening in the picture! You’re photography skills are amazing too, just been binge reading your blog! I love the frame aswell 🙂 xxx

    • cheskaaanels November 8, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      Awwh thank you lovely!! I love black and whites photos they are so beautiful so it only seemed right! Thank you, I love photography so much it comes out of a love of photographing my children! Thank you, hope you have enjoyed it all!! xoxox

  9. everinmay November 8, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    This is such a wonderful idea, I have so many photos that I’d love to display but definitely wouldn’t have wall space for all of them, this is a great way to get to see all your memories. Great post 🙂 xx

    • cheskaaanels November 8, 2016 / 5:50 pm

      Thank you, well I’m hoping more people can enjoy creating their own photo masterpieces from this 🙂

  10. Dannii November 8, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    I really need to print more pictures to put up around the house. I think that black and white looks so classic too.

    • cheskaaanels November 8, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      It really does! Black and whites hold so much beauty in them!

  11. Yoko Meshi November 8, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    I love the mood that black and white photography creates! It sets such an atmosphere

    • cheskaaanels November 8, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      Doesn’t it! Its perfect for living room interior decor!

  12. The Kats Paws November 8, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Such a lovely effect! And on a low budget too xx

  13. Beth Owen November 8, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    I love black and white photos. This is just lovely!

    • cheskaaanels November 8, 2016 / 10:31 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I love the tones of black and white!

  14. Rhian Westbury November 9, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Your collage looks amazing, I am a sucker for printing photos out and have to limit myself x

    • cheskaaanels November 9, 2016 / 10:43 am

      I just love photos! I can’t help myself! Glad you like what I created! 😀

  15. Charli Bruce November 9, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    I absolutely love this idea, it’s absolutely beautiful! I think I’m going to make one for my friend for Christmas x

    • cheskaaanels November 9, 2016 / 2:23 pm

      I’m glad you love it so much! Awwh thats such an awesome idea!!!

  16. flowerpowerlife November 9, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    What a clever idea – this looks really classy! Black and white works so well in design doesn’t it.

  17. secretplussizegoddessblog November 9, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    I absolutely love this idea! I have so many pictures, and so little space to put them up in! This would be perfect, and even better as a gift for the grandparents x

  18. MELANIE EDJOURIAN November 9, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    What a lovely idea, I am making a collage or two as Christmas presents but in colour. Black and white would look great too.

  19. Lilinha Espindula November 9, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    Such a great idea. We don’t have many photos of us together so will be making a display!

  20. Rachel November 9, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    I love this idea and I am a huge fan of black and white photos, they are so lovely x

    • cheskaaanels November 9, 2016 / 11:50 pm

      Thank you! I can’t stop starting at it!

  21. Ashton Jade Gibbs 🏝 (@ashtongibbs) November 10, 2016 / 2:52 am

    What a lovely idea! It looks great and the black and white keeps it looking modern. 🙂 I totally feel ya on having to delete photos so you can make room for more, haha!

    Ashton x

    • cheskaaanels November 10, 2016 / 11:33 am

      hahaha I’m forever trying to create more space on my forever full camera roll!!

  22. WhatLauraLoves November 10, 2016 / 4:58 am

    I love the look of black and white photographs. They look so contemporary! xxx

    • cheskaaanels November 10, 2016 / 11:33 am

      I know right they have a raw beauty about them!

  23. hannahhowell912 November 10, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    This is lovely and would make such a nice Christmas present to someone in the family x

  24. fashionmommywm November 10, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    It looks so effective and stylish, even more so because you opted for black and white shots.

    • cheskaaanels November 10, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Thank you! Its lush in here I love it!

    • cheskaaanels November 11, 2016 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you Harriet 🙂 I love good old black and whites!

    • cheskaaanels November 14, 2016 / 11:50 am

      Thank you! Me too black and white is so elegant!

  25. Lyndsey November 14, 2016 / 1:04 am

    Ahh this is just so lovely! Fab fab post!
    L x

  26. Katherine November 15, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    This is so cute!! And Pinterest is the love, yet the bane, of my life…. it’s given me such high expectations of what I want my house to look like after I graduate, ahah! I might have to make one of these though to try and make my uni house look nicer!xx

    • cheskaaanels November 15, 2016 / 7:01 pm

      Ahhh Pinterest is just life right!? I’m going to do some interior posts soon so keep an eye out! You definitely should make one they look great!

  27. Yaya (@mydreamality) November 16, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    I have so many prints that I don’t know what to do with! I end up putting the photos I print in albums, but it’s so much nicer to be able to enjoy those moments on the daily. Thanks for this DIY that I will definitely be re-creating! xx

  28. John Franklin November 21, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    This was a great post, we have been trying to find a more interesting way to replace our current photo wall and I love the idea of black and white.

    • cheskaaanels November 21, 2016 / 8:26 pm

      Oh yay I’m glad you enjoyed it! It really adds a lot to our living space now and everyone has been complimenting it!

  29. thefodfather November 21, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    We were looking for a way to do something different with our photo wall at home, this is a great idea.

    • cheskaaanels November 21, 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Its great, everyone who visits loves it and its such a beautiful way of sharing so many different memories!

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