I love to bring personal touches to the interior design in our home. I recently finished giving our home office a makeover and discovered many opportunities to add personal touches to the room, including the wall art over the piano.

The piano had been in the room for awhile and needed to stay. It doesn’t match the decor, but we couldn’t kick it out so I tried to incorporate it into the design of the overall room. One way I wanted to accomplish this was to add some large artwork above it to help highlight it while also visually balancing the large built-in bookcases we have on the adjacent wall.

As I was debating what artwork to place over the piano, I came across this photo on Pinterest


I immediately realized I could do something similar with our travel photos and place them over our piano. I spent a semester in college studying abroad in Europe, and we recently took a family trip to NYC. I liked the idea of taking my own personal photos that I’ve collected from those trips and highlighting them with a collage.

As far as what photos to choose, I focused on ones that I took that captured iconic buildings or structures. I also wanted each of the six photos to be from a different city I had visited, they all had to be vertical, and they needed to be able to be cropped to only show a portion of the building/structure without losing any of the resolution of the photo. Why do I give myself so many parameters?! It was a challenge working with only the photos we already had, but I really wanted every photo I highlighted to be one that I actually took myself which makes it all the more personal.

Once I had chosen my six photos, I cropped each one to only show a portion of the building making them look more abstract. Then I muted the colors and added a Photoshop filter which gave them all a uniform look allowing them to appear like a set. Finally, I printed them out as 8 x 10’s on my photo printer.

I framed them in some simple white Target frames, and grouped them in two rows above the piano.



I like the simple linear arrangement of the frames because it allows you to be drawn directly to the images rather than the composition of all the frames. And the overall size really gives them a presence in the room which was my goal.

I’d love to hear how other people have displayed their travel photos so let me know in the comments.

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