By Kieran Juska
Nothing gives a room such a jolt of personality and interest as a wall of well-framed and well-arranged family photos. Start by choosing your best photos and finding the perfect spot to display them; avoid walls that get direct sunlight, which will cause images to fade. If that's not possible, replace the glass in your frames with a sheet of protective UV-filtered acrylic, available at frame shops. Be sure you also have the right tools on hand -- a level, measuring tape, hammer, sharp pencil, and a set of picture-hanging hooks, which are designed to do less damage to your walls than regular nails. But even with a properly stocked toolbox, any veteran picture-hanger knows there's no substitute for a second pair of eyes, so grab a friend or family member who can stand back and help assess placement.
To get a sense of which frame should go where, trace each one on kraft paper and experiment by taping cutouts to the wall. The Ryobi laser level suctions to the wall, leaving hands free.