A Family Tree

A Special Picture Project


of Rosenbaum Framing

As a custom framing business, we get many requests from customers who want to personalize their framed materials and make them part of the artwork and decoration in their homes.  One popular idea is to use framed photographs in a family tree.  Generally large, eye-catching collections, these family trees can be done in styles that fit any décor: the most basic is a traditional genealogical family tree approach; others choose a classical looking tree with neutral colored frames and may even choose to use black and white images in all of the pictures; another approach is to use a more neutral background and then use brightly colored frames, which are reminiscent of flowers; some trees incorporate religious sayings or verses; others take a modern approach to the family tree design; and finally some family trees are pure whimsy.

If you want to incorporate this popular design into your home décor, we have some easy tips to ensure your project goes smoothly.

  1. Carefully consider your decorating style. While model homes and professionally decorated homes often stick to a single theme or decorating style, most homes contain a personalized variety of different styles.  The family tree projects are very large and will dominate the decorating in the room where they are featured.  Therefore, you want to choose a style that matches your personality and your decorating style.
  2. Pick the images you want to use in the photos. Consider whether you will use color photographs or black and white images; this may help you pick the frame style you want to use. Furthermore, if you are using older photographs you may be limited to a particular size frame or need to consider matting options.
  3. Measure the size of your wall and then draw a scale model of both the tree and the frame size you intend to use in the project. Even a large space can easily be overwhelmed by frames that are too large.  On the other hand, if you choose photos that are too small, it can be difficult to see the images in the portraits.
  4. Bring your photos to us for framing while you complete the rest of the project at home.
  5. Prep your background surface; if your wall has any marks or scratches that will not be covered by the tree, take the time to paint the entire surface.
  6. Sketch your tree in pencil before painting it. Make any adjustments to your sketch, so you will be happy with your final product.
  7. Paint your tree. You can use a variety of paints, from craft paint to wall paint.
  8. Hang your photos in the designated spots.


Stacey Moss

Author: Stacey Moss

Stacey Moss is a trained artist who has been custom framing for more than 27 years. She excels at finding the perfect moulding to complement whatever is being framed, and she treats every piece she frames as though it were a priceless piece of fine art. If it's valuable to our client, it's valuable to her.