Decorating With Blues And Browns
7 TRICKS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO Printing FOR YOUR HOME
Within the last month I set an objective to print a few of my work and put it to use to enhance my home. As photographers, we make investments our time and skills to build up our skills so that ultimately we can create artwork! I love to think of images as the icing on the cake. After all the hard work, there is nothing more rewarding than experiencing your images in print and viewed as art!
Decorating With Blues And Browns
Think About Size
Smaller artwork is much easier to come across, it's much easier to store and it's really generally cheaper - so most people have a lot more small products, 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 bit of art within the art. You want it to be a natural extension of what's there. In the event the art's too small, it will be overwhelmed by the emptiness and vanish - and it'll give off a timid and helpless vibe. If it's too big, it'll feel like a giant wearing too-small slacks - also not a good look.
For large spots, there are several solutions: the first is simply looking for greater pieces of art. The second reason is to choose something that isn't a framed image (more about that below). And the 3rd is by using several pieces of art in combination with each other, to produce a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large wall surfaces, a small piece of artwork above the foundation simply won't do.
For example, in my own home, the bed room (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 foot in height. Just a little dinky framed thing above the bed simply wasn't heading to minimize it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Type of Art work That Works
Art work isn't just a framed print out or poster. There are very additional decorative choices you can make. For example, buying a wall-mounted shelf and placing figurines or vases on it can be considered a great way to decorate a more substantial space using collectibles that you already have. Or, getting aggregate adornments to take up a more substantial space can work well, like this Umbra Wallflower arranged - check out their site for more options.
Other choices include mounting attractive plates in a row, putting up a large mirror or using decals - which are surprisingly hip and frequently look good. Check out WallPops!, for some ideas.
When deciding what you would like to put on a wall structure, it's okay to think outside the package. A large framed picture is usually the least interesting (and often priciest) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I selected three 16"x20" framed prints - quite orthodox.)
When by using a collection of different colored and textured casings, choose dark-colored and white images to keep them from looking cluttered. Black colored & white images can also supply the display a far more unified look. I needed my friend Kristen from Studio7 HOME DESIGN help me choose ornamental frames & art for a tiny gallery wall in my own entry.
This was a wall that would normally go un-noticed. I wanted to turn it into a focal point. I kept all my images in black & white except the family picture in the guts. The target was to draw the attention there first, then to the dark-colored & white images in the external frames. Likewise as effective is always to choose bright colored images for sound black casings or solid white framessuch as this wall, also created by my friend Kristen.
Choose larger sized prints and canvases for areas where you can see them across the room. What's the point in stamping small 4x6's and 5x7's if you can't see them unless you walk up to them?
The designs on my mantel needed to be big (at least 16x20) to be able to take pleasure from them from across the room. The best some may be a 22x27 in . size. I actually would have vanished bigger for the area available, but I didn't want to pay the ornamental trim-work of the complete mantel. So, obviously, take into consideration the space you are filling when deciding how big you can go.
I also opt for more timeless, imaginative image of my family walking, rather a huge portrait of your faces. This is an individual decision when i was taking a more artistic believe that proceeded to go with the style and colors of the area. Even though our faces continue to be unseen, we are incredibly well displayed by the composition in the image as well as in the up close of the youngsters in the image next to it.
Too many portraits all over your home? Try converting a few of your images into art using the Waterlogue app! This is a sensible way to use your images, but provide them with a different look. My interior design friend recommends displaying fine art or still life/food in your kitchen, rather than portraits. A graphic converted through this iphone app might be a good alternative. Here's an example of an image turned into skill using the Waterlogue app. (Image by Liz Behm)
Choose photos to show that were taken in that particular room of your home. For example, food picture taking in your kitchen, lifestyle images in the living room, bath images of your children in the tub shown in the toilet, and much more personal photographs in the bedroom.
Last week I chose I needed to fill the space above a doorway in my kitchen with some food images.
Considerations I made before I had taken the images:
Just how much space I had a need to fill and how many images.
Appropriate size with the space.
The style/colors that could go well in my kitchen.
How those images would look from across the room.
Because I couldn't go bigger when compared to a 10x10, I thought we would use my macro zoom lens and tried to fully capture close-up textures of the berries vs. a far more styled shot with atmosphere that could be harder to see from across the room.
Edit your images to complement the design of the space it will be in. For instance, light and airy, abundant with color & distinction, black & white, etc. Also, if you are displaying images alongside one another, edit them hand and hand in your editing program to make sure they mix well and the colour is constant from image to image.
I did so this with my fruits images. I changed them around in Photoshop to help me visualize how they might look hung. I separated the blueberry image (usually blue) and the grapefruit (blue qualifications) with the yellow pineapple in the middle so each image would stand out and look well balanced next to each other.