Disney Princess Cake Decorating Set
7 TRICKS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO Printing FOR YOUR HOME
Over the past month I established an objective to print some of my work and put it to use to enhance my home. As professional photographers, we invest our time and skills to build up our skills so that eventually we can create works of art! I like to think of designs as the icing on the wedding cake. After all of the hard work, there is nothing more worthwhile than experiencing your images in print and shown as art!
Disney Princess Cake Decorating Set
Smaller artwork is better to come across, it's simpler to store and it's generally cheaper - so most people have a lot more small products, which works great if you have a snug bedroom, or a cramped hallway. But in an expansive room with high ceilings? Not so much.
Think of the wall membrane around a piece of art within the art. You want it to be always a natural expansion of what's there. If the art's too small, it'll be overwhelmed by the emptiness and fade away - and it will produce 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 spaces, there are several alternatives: the first is simply looking for bigger works of art. The second reason is to choose something that's not a framed image (more about that below). And the third is to use several works of art in combination with each other, to produce a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large surfaces, a small little bit of artwork above the foundation simply won't do.
For example, in my home, the bed room (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 feet in height. A little dinky framed thing above the foundation simply wasn't heading to cut it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Kind of Artwork That Works
Fine art isn't only a framed print out or poster. There are quite a few other decorative choices you may make. For instance, buying a wall-mounted shelf and putting figurines or vases on it can be considered a great way to decorate a more substantial space using collectibles that you curently have. Or, getting aggregate decorations to take up a more substantial space can work well, like this Umbra Wallflower set - check out their site to get more options.
Other selections include mounting attractive plates in a row, adding a large mirror or using decals - which are surprisingly hip and frequently look good. Have a look at WallPops!, for some ideas.
When deciding what you want to put on a wall, it's okay to believe outside the pack. A large framed picture is often the least interesting (and frequently priciest) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I selected three 16"x20" framed designs - fairly orthodox.)
When using a assortment of different shaded and textured casings, choose dark-colored and white images to keep them from looking cluttered. African american & white images can also supply the display a far more unified look. I had developed my pal Kristen from Studio room7 HOME DESIGN help me choose ornamental frames & fine art for a little gallery wall in my own entry.
This is a wall that would normally go un-noticed. I needed to carefully turn it into a focal point. I retained all my images in black & white except the family photography in the guts. The target was to sketch the eye there first, then to the black & white images in the outside frames. Likewise as effective is always to choose bright colored images for sturdy black frames or solid white framessuch as this wall membrane, also designed by my pal Kristen.
Choose larger measured designs and canvases for areas where you can view them across the room. What's the idea in stamping small 4x6's and 5x7's if you can't see them if you don't walk up to them?
The prints on my mantel would have to be big (at least 16x20) to be able to enjoy them from across the room. The top the first is a 22x27 inches size. I actually might well have absent bigger for the space available, but I didn't want to cover the decorative trim-work of the complete mantel. So, clearly, consider the area you are filling up when deciding what size you can go.
I also opt for more timeless, creative image of my family walking, rather a huge portrait of our faces. This is an individual decision as I was going for a more artistic believe that travelled with the style and colors of the area. Even though our faces stay unseen, we are extremely well displayed by the composition in the image as well as in the close up of the kids in the image next to it.
Too many portraits around your home? Try changing a few of your images into artwork using the Waterlogue app! This is a sensible way to use your images, but provide them with a new look. My home design friend recommends exhibiting artwork or still life/food in your kitchen, alternatively than portraits. A graphic modified through this iphone app might be a good alternative. Here's an example of an image turned into art work using the Waterlogue app. (Image by Liz Behm)
Choose photos to show that were taken in that one room of your home. For example, food photography in your kitchen, lifestyle images in the family room, bath images of your children in the tub exhibited in the toilet, and more personal images in the bedroom.
Last week I chosen I had a need to fill the area above a doorway in my kitchen with some food images.
Considerations I created before I required the images:
How much space I needed to fill and how many images.
Appropriate size for this space.
The style/colors that could go well in my kitchen.
How those images would look from over the room.
Because I couldn't go bigger than a 10x10, I thought we would use my macro zoom lens and tried to capture close-up textures of the fruit vs. a far more styled shot with atmosphere that could be harder to see from over the room.
Edit your photos to complement the style 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 combine well and the colour is regular from image to image.
I did so this with my berry images. I migrated them around in Photoshop to help me visualize how they would look hung. I segregated the blueberry image (mostly blue) and the grapefruit (blue record) with the yellow pineapple in the middle so each image would stick out and look well balanced next to each other.