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Pictures of yourself up around the house - AIBU?

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CanIOfferYouAPombear Tue 25-Sep-12 18:35:58

I'm thinking of getting a rather nice picture of me and DP printed on to a canvas or something to put in our front room but I'm a bit stuck as to whether this is bad form or not?
I've been round many houses and always notice when they have big pictures of themselves up. It just seems a bit weird to me.

WanderingWhistle Tue 25-Sep-12 18:37:22

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gabbymum Tue 25-Sep-12 18:40:02

Why is it wierd? Loads of people put pictures of themselves up in thier homes - it's hardly unusual. YABU

I tend to think weirdness is directly proportional to size of the image.

This is based on me only being a bit squirmy about the larger ones, although maybe thats because they're quite imposing and seem very look, look at our family.

Our house is full of pictures of us so I'm not totally against them.

CanIOfferYouAPombear Tue 25-Sep-12 18:56:01

I don't know, just seems a bit self indulgent to me.
I know a couple who have at least 10 pictures of themselves up in their house, some of them really big ones.

KurriKurri Tue 25-Sep-12 18:58:09

I have a small portrait drawing of myself up on the wall, and photos of other family members (large photo of DS and DDIL). I don't think it's weird, and I wouldn't care of anyone else thought it was - it's my house I'll do what the hell I like. (Well it's DH's too, but he doesn't have any opinions on decor)

THEMardy Tue 25-Sep-12 19:01:35

I wouldn't but then I'm a minger.

Seriously tough, I find it a bit odd and I certainly don't know anyone who has done this. It feels a bit narcissistic.

LonelyCloud Tue 25-Sep-12 19:01:39

It's your house. If you want a picture of you & your DP in the front room, put one in there.

Covering your entire front room with pictures of you and DP would be unusual, but it doesn't sound like this is going to be the case.

I really think that you're worrying too much about this.

THEMardy Tue 25-Sep-12 19:01:53

Though. Not tough.

IvorHughJanus Tue 25-Sep-12 19:04:29

DH is an artist. There is a GINORMOUS canvas on our living room wall of me, aged 18 (a long while ago now) looking over my shoulder. I love love love it, he painted it from a photograph when we were falling in love, and besides it having personal meaning it is also beautifully painted, cos he is ace <gush>. We have had people do double takes and then say, 'Is that you?' and if they don't know DH, probably assume I am a vain cow. I don't care. My house, my walls grin Do what you like.

Themumsnot Tue 25-Sep-12 19:04:39

I can hardly bear to look in the mirror most days, so knowing I was immortalised on canvas in my front room would be enough to stop me getting out of bed and going downstairs in the morning. But as you clearly don't share my neurosis I don't see why not.

CajaDeLaMemoria Tue 25-Sep-12 19:09:02

Ivor - We need to see! It sounds amazing.

Waitforit Tue 25-Sep-12 19:11:32

I remember being really weirded out by visiting a friend's dsis whose house was covered in pictures of her wedding day. It was like it was a shrine to some historic event. They divorced after 3 years.

One or two small pictures in discrete places is fine. A huge canvas photo (or a Kennedy children job a la neighbours) over your fireplace is not. However Ivor's sounds brilliant, I'd love that!

THEMardy Tue 25-Sep-12 19:15:39

Your house. Your walls. But I would nod and smile, find something positive to say (without saying I liked it) then secretly laugh about it with Dh later.

Small family photos are good. I like the 5yo pics idea. Ivor's portrait sound amazing.

Large photos, particularly of the Venture variety (Jeans, white shirts, "wacky" poses) - no.

But it seems I'm in a minority.

Mintyy Tue 25-Sep-12 19:17:43

I do find it very odd, I'm afraid. But it could just be me.

SaraBellumHertz Tue 25-Sep-12 19:19:23

Hmm I'm a bit unsure...there is definitely something a bit naff in certain contexts of pictures of yourself.

Having said that we have an amazing photo on canvas from our wedding day (the photographer we had uses it on all his promo stuff) you can't really tell its us- the pic is more about the architecture of the church - so I kind of feel it doesn't count.

DH has also painted a (very good) pic of me but it's currently leaning against the wall in my study. I can't quite bring myself to hang it on the wall..

DamnTheManSaveTheEmpire Tue 25-Sep-12 19:21:23

ivor that sounds amazing, very jealous! Op we have a large reportage wedding photo of us on our wall.

Narked Tue 25-Sep-12 19:21:54

I am not keen on the canvas pictures, but I think it's actually really healthy to have pictures of yourself and your family around the home. It's good for encouraging a healthy body image in DC.

I have zero evidence of the above, but it's something I really believe having been exposed to the reverse, growing up with a mother who even now won't look at pictures of herself and is never happy with the way she looks. She won't let people take pictures of her. She's never been over a size 14 (even when pregnant). She never had pictures around the house. Ever. School photos sat in drawers.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Tue 25-Sep-12 19:22:33

It depends in the size and content of the picture.

IvorHughJanus Tue 25-Sep-12 19:23:38

Ah thanks blush

onemoreminute Tue 25-Sep-12 19:24:06

I don't like the white background cheesy pose ones but a nice one from the family album is fine.

minceorotherwise Tue 25-Sep-12 19:25:34

I'm with TheMardy, although we went to a house that had loads of the couple in regulation jeans/white shirts, varying hideous poses. It did cheer me up, we sniggered for weeks afterwards

SquishyCinnamonSwirls Tue 25-Sep-12 19:27:01

As long as you're not naked in it then don't worry about it.
I had neighbours once that had a painted picture in their lounge of them naked sprawled across a rug, it was most unnerving!

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Tue 25-Sep-12 19:27:10

I find it a bit odd when there are big prints that are so prominent that they are actually a feature of the room. But an A5 size frame on a shelf with a wedding picture is nice, I love seeing people's wedding pictures, especially if I have met them after they have been married a while.

mamij Tue 25-Sep-12 19:27:31

Ivor sounds lovely! What a wonderful DH to do that smile

OP - it's your house so do what you like! My sister got a big print done for me and DH for my 30th. It's made up of hundreds (thousands!) of small photos of us. You can't tell what it is up close, but you can see it's us when you're on the other side o the room. I love it! Not least because the small photos tell our life story!

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