Grey And Cream Living Room Decor
7 SUGGESTIONS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO Print out FOR YOUR HOUSE
Over the past month I place an objective to print a few of my work and use it to decorate my home. As photographers, we commit our time and talents to build up our skills so that ultimately we can create works of art! I love to think of images as the icing on the cake. After all the hard work, there's nothing more satisfying than witnessing your images in print and exhibited as art!
Grey And Cream Living Room Decor
Think About Size
Smaller artwork is much easier to come across, it's easier to store and it's generally cheaper - so most folks have far 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 so much.
Think of the wall structure around a bit 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 vanish - and it will produce a timid and helpless vibe. If it's too big, it'll feel like a giant wearing too-small slacks - also wii look.
For large spots, there are several solutions: the foremost is simply looking for bigger works of art. The second reason is to choose something that's not a framed image (more about this below). And the 3rd is to use several works of art in combination with each other, to produce a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large wall surfaces, a small little bit of artwork above the bed simply won't do.
For example, in my home, the bed room (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 legs in height. A little dinky framed thing above the foundation simply wasn't going to trim 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 additional decorative choices you may make. For example, buying a wall-mounted shelf and adding figurines or vases onto it can be a smart way to decorate a more substantial space using collectibles that you curently have. Or, getting aggregate adornments to take up a larger space can work well, such as this Umbra Wallflower set - check out their site for much more options.
Other options include mounting ornamental plates in a row, putting up a large reflection or using decals - which are surprisingly hip and often 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 pack. A large framed picture is often the least interesting (and often most expensive) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I decided to go with three 16"x20" framed images - reasonably orthodox.)
Keep Coloring in Mind
What color is the furniture in the room? What about the wall? How about accent pillows? All these things subject and the art work (and framing) should match the color of the space around it. While this is difficult, the results will be much better when everything is coordinated. Not matchy-matchy always, but of the same color family and feel.
In my own bedroom, for example, I chose three floral designs with softer hues that are brought out by the Wythe Blue of the wall structure, while the casings are dark wood, matching the color of the headboard and lampshades.
The floral designs are of the same color family as the wall structure and quilt, while the casings match the lumber of the headboard.
REMEMBER the Frame
If you opt to hang an image, the structure should complement both the d?cor of the room and the coloring and design of the piece itself. You'll also need to decide if you want matting or not - while matting can boost the wall membrane size of a smaller piece, be wary of allowing a printing to drown in its boundary. In most cases, smaller pieces with large matting only succeed if the image is very simple and noticeable from afar. If someone must peer close up at a piece to understand it, considerable matting is a no-no.
For the frame materials, there are several choices. A wood frame with a carved design can have a good shabby-chic feel, particularly if it's been decorated. For a in a straight line vintage look, plain dark wood casings work great. If you need a modernist or modern-day vibe, metallic or black casings are the way to go.
Also, if you want lively d?cor, don't be afraid to go with a bright-colored framework, particularly if the area requires a pop and your color choice complements another highlight in the space.
LOWER COSTS Where You Can
If you're going with a printing, framing can be expensive. Lower costs by only using images that fit in standard-sized frames, that happen to be far cheaper than custom casings. You can even look for vintage frames at garage area and property sales and then work backward, completing the photo once you've the frame.
Or, one of the advantages of a wall-mounted shelf or other unorthodox adornment is the lack of shape - that can frequently be a big cost savings. There tend to be creative workarounds. The company Wellmade offers Gallery STiiCKs that can shape any poster on two sides for a small percentage of what traditional framing costs - that's what I selected for my three designs above the foundation.
There are also companies that print out photos onto canvas or solid wood - which don't desire a frame by any means. If you are a shutterbug and also have some great pics you would like to hang, this may be your chance. Shutterfly offers this service, for example, and you will often find half-off deals.
For my dining area (pictured above), which also has high ceilings and blends right into the living room, I had formed two designs made and opt for custom size for each that fit the wall-space perfectly. Because I'm a deal-hunter, the put together pair cost less than $100 - about the price tag on getting one large-ish poster custom framed.
Choosing the right art for a big space isn't easy - but it can be done if you take the time to essentially plan out the thing you need. Think through the scale, type, colouring, framing and cost of what you would like. And get enthusiasm from the web and beyond - sites like Houzz can provide you great ideas, as can home d?cor mags, or even just shopping at home goods stores and experiencing the way they have their showrooms set up.
The main element is visualizing what you need before you own it and then patiently working toward discovering the right artwork at the right cost for your space. Don't dash things - Rome wasn't built-in a day, as well as your home won't be decorated per day. But when your home is fully decorated, it'll look fabulous!