Decorating Built In Shelves In Living Room
7 TRICKS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO Printing FOR YOUR HOME
Over the past month I establish a goal to print a few of might work and use it to beautify my home. As professional photographers, we commit our time and skills to build up our skills so that in the end we can create artwork! I like to think of designs as the icing on the cake. After all of the hard work, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your images on the net and exhibited as art!
Decorating Built In Shelves In Living Room
Smaller artwork is easier to come by, it's easier to store and it's generally cheaper - so most folks have a lot more small stuff, which works great if you have a snug bedroom, or a cramped hallway. However in an expansive room with high ceilings? Not really much.
Think of the wall membrane around a piece of art within the art. You want it to be a natural expansion of what's there. When the art's too small, it'll be overwhelmed by the emptiness and fade away - and it'll give off a timid and helpless vibe. Whether it's too big, it'll feel like a huge wearing too-small pants - also not a good look.
For large areas, there are several alternatives: the foremost is simply looking for bigger works of art. The second is to choose something that isn't a framed image (more about this below). And the third is by using several pieces of art in combination with one another, to produce a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large wall surfaces, a small piece of artwork above the bed simply won't do.
For example, in my own home, the bedroom (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 ft in height. Just a little dinky framed thing above the bed simply wasn't going to cut it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Type of Skill That Works
Fine art isn't just a framed printing or poster. There are quite a few other decorative choices you can make. For example, buying a wall-mounted shelf and putting figurines or vases onto it can be a great way to decorate a more substantial space using collectibles that you curently have. Or, getting aggregate decor to take up a larger space could work well, such as this Umbra Wallflower set - check out their site to get more options.
Other options include mounting attractive plates in a row, adding a large reflection or using decals - that happen to be surprisingly hip and frequently look good. Have a look at WallPops!, for a few ideas.
When deciding what you would like to put on a wall structure, it's okay to think outside the box. A big framed picture is often the least interesting (and frequently priciest) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I select three 16"x20" framed designs - reasonably orthodox.)
Keep Coloring at heart
What color is the furniture in the room? How about the wall? Think about accent pillows? Each one of these things subject and the skill (and framing) should match the color of the area around it. While this is confusing, the results will be far better when everything is coordinated. Not matchy-matchy actually, but of the same color family and feel.
In my bedroom, for example, I select three floral prints with softer hues that are presented by the Wythe Blue of the wall structure, while the casings are dark lumber, matching the color of the headboard and lampshades.
The floral prints are of the same color family as the wall structure and quilt, as the frames match the hardwood of the headboard.
REMEMBER the Frame
If you choose to hang a graphic, the shape should complement both the d?cor of the area and the colouring and design of the part itself. You'll also need to choose if you would like matting or not - while matting can increase the wall size of an inferior piece, be wary of allowing a printing to drown in its boundary. Generally speaking, smaller bits with large matting only be successful if the image is simple and obvious from afar. If someone must peer close up at a bit to understand it, intensive matting is a no-no.
For the frame material, there are many choices. A wood shape with a carved design can have a good shabby-chic feel, particularly if it's been colored. For a direct vintage look, simply dark wood structures work great. If you want a modernist or modern vibe, steel or black frames are the strategy to use.
Also, if you like radiant d?cor, avoid being afraid to go with a bright-colored structure, particularly if the surrounding requires a pop and your color choice fits another highlight in the space.
LOWER COSTS WHERE YOU ARE ABLE TO
If you're going with a printing, framing can be expensive. Keep costs down by only using images that fit in standard-sized frames, that happen to be significantly cheaper than custom frames. You can even look for retro frames at storage area and house sales and then work backward, completing the photo once you've the frame.
Or, one of the benefits of a wall-mounted shelf or other unorthodox decor is the lack of body - that can often be a big cost savings. There are often creative workarounds. The company Wellmade offers Gallery STiiCKs that can style any poster on two edges for a small fraction of what traditional framing costs - that's what I decided for my three images above the bed.
There are also companies that print photos onto canvas or wood - which don't need a frame in any way. If you are a shutterbug and also have some great pictures you'd like to hang, this might be your chance. Shutterfly offers this service, for example, and you may often find half-off discounts.
For my dining area (pictured above), which also has high ceilings and mixes right into the living room, I had formed two designs made and opt for custom size for each that fit the wall-space beautifully. Because I'm a deal-hunter, the merged pair cost a lower amount than $100 - about the price of getting one large-ish poster custom framed.
Deciding on the best art for a large space isn't easy - but it can be done if you take the time to essentially plan out what you need. Think through the size, type, colouring, framing and cost of what you want. And get ideas from the internet and beyond - sites like Houzz can provide you great ideas, as can home d?cor periodicals, or even just shopping at home goods stores and seeing how they have their showrooms set up.
The key is visualizing what you need before you own it and then patiently working toward discovering the right fine art at the right cost for your space. Don't hurry things - Rome wasn't built-in a day, as well as your home will not be decorated per day. But when your home is fully decorated, it'll look fabulous!