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7 TECHNIQUES FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO PRINT FOR YOUR HOME
Over the past month I establish an objective to print a few of my work and use it to enhance my home. As photographers, we make investments our time and skills to build up our skills so that eventually we can create artwork! I love to think of designs as the icing on the wedding cake. After all the hard work, there is nothing more satisfying than viewing your images on the net and displayed as art!
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Smaller artwork is much easier to come across, it's easier to store and it's really generally cheaper - so most folks have far more small stuff, which works great if you have a snug bedroom, or a cramped hallway. But in an expansive room with high ceilings? Not really much.
Think of the wall membrane around a piece of art as part of the art. You want to buy to be always a natural extension of what's there. If the art's too small, it'll be confused by the emptiness and disappear - and it will give off a timid and helpless vibe. If it's too big, it will feel like a huge wearing too-small shorts - also not a good look.
For large places, there are several solutions: the foremost is simply looking for much larger pieces of art. The second is to choose something that's not a framed image (more about that below). And the 3rd is by using several works of art in combination with each other, to make 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 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 minimize it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Type of Art That Works
Art work isn't only a framed printing or poster. There are quite additional decorative choices you can make. For example, buying a wall-mounted shelf and placing figurines or vases onto it can be a great way to decorate a larger space using collectibles that you curently have. Or, getting aggregate decor to take up a larger space could work well, like this Umbra Wallflower arranged - check out their site to get more detailed options.
Other alternatives include mounting attractive plates in a row, adding a large reflection or using decals - that happen to be surprisingly hip and frequently look good. Check out WallPops!, for a few ideas.
When deciding what you would like to put up 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 decided to go with three 16"x20" framed images - rather orthodox.)
When utilizing a assortment of different colored and textured structures, choose dark-colored and white images to keep them from looking cluttered. Dark & white images can also supply the display a far more unified look. I had fashioned my pal Kristen from Studio7 HOME DESIGN help me choose ornamental frames & artwork for a little gallery wall in my entry.
This was a wall that would normally go un-noticed. I wanted to turn it into a center point. I held all my images in black & white except the family image in the center. The goal was to attract the attention there first, then to the dark-colored & white images in the outside frames. Similarly as effective would be to choose brilliant images for sturdy black casings or sturdy white framessuch as this wall, also created by my pal Kristen.
Choose larger measured images and canvases for areas where you can see them across the room. What's the idea in printing small 4x6's and 5x7's if you cannot see them unless you walk up to them?
The designs on my mantel would have to be big (at least 16x20) to be able to enjoy them from over the room. The best some may be a 22x27 in . size. I actually could have gone bigger for the space available, but I didn't want to hide the attractive trim-work of the complete mantel. So, obviously, take into consideration the space you are filling up when deciding what size you can go.
I also chose a more timeless, imaginative image of my family walking, rather an enormous portrait in our faces. This is an individual decision as I was taking a more artistic feel that travelled with the style and colors of the area. Even though our faces continue to be unseen, we are extremely well symbolized by the composition in the image as well as in the up close of the youngsters in the image next to it.
Way too many portraits around your home? Try transforming a few of your images into skill using the Waterlogue app! That is a good way to use your images, but provide them with another look. My interior design friend recommends displaying skill or still life/food in your kitchen, somewhat than portraits. A graphic changed through this app might be considered a good solution. 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 used that particular room of your house. For instance, food picture taking in the kitchen, lifestyle images in the living room, bath images of your kids in the tub viewed in the toilet, plus more personal photographs in the bed room.
Last week I decided I needed to fill the area above a doorway in my own kitchen with some food images.
Considerations I made before I had taken the images:
How much space I needed to fill and just how many images.
Appropriate size for that space.
The style/colors that would go well in my own kitchen.
How those images would look from across the room.
Because I couldn't go bigger than a 10x10, I chose to use my macro lens and tried to capture close-up textures of the berry vs. a far more styled shot with atmosphere that could be harder to see from over the room.
Edit your images to complement the style of the space it will be in. For example, light and airy, rich in color & comparison, black & white, etc. Also, if you are displaying images jointly, edit them hand and hand in your editing program to make sure they mix well and the colour is regular from image to image.
I did so this with my super fruit images. I changed them around in Photoshop to help me visualize how they would look hung. I segregated the blueberry image (mainly blue) and the grapefruit (blue record) with the yellowish pineapple in the middle so each image would stand out and look balanced next to each other.