Making Christmas Decorations To Sell
7 TIPS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO PRINT FOR YOUR HOME
Over the past month I set a goal to print some of might work and make use of it to beautify my home. As photography enthusiasts, we make investments our time and talents to build up our skills so that finally we can create artwork! I like to think of designs as the icing on the wedding cake. After all the hard work, there's nothing more rewarding than seeing your images in print and exhibited as art!
Making Christmas Decorations To Sell
There are many tips out there on how to set-up gallery wall surfaces, and how to choose the right frames for your decor. They are important decisions that need to be made definitely as well. But since I'm a photographer, not an interior designer, I want to focus on deciding on the best images (that will best compliment your projects) for the spots you are filling.
7 tips to help you select which images to printing for your space
They are not design rules, just recommendations from a photographer's viewpoint.
Generate a folder on your desktop where you save your selected images. Be selective and only save people you absolutely love. In this folder create other folders to break down the various types of images. i.e. macro, food, lifestyle, portraits. Because you edit your photographs, save your valuable favorites to these folders. This will keep them in a single sorted out place so they are simply no problem finding when you are ready to printing. And it will save you time of time you'll normally devote to combing your archives to find the right image every time you want to print out.
Match the colors in your photos to your d?cor. This is only a suggestion which may or might not exactly be your look. I needed the colors in my own prints to enhance the colors of my design. As you search your archives, either look for images that have certain complimentary shades in them, or you can change them in Photoshop or Lightroom to complement!
The flowers in these structures were actually more of a dark green when these were photographed. I evolved the shades to become more peachy and soft to match the lampshade these were next to. You are able to do this in Lightroom in the HSL and COLOR tabs by tinkering with the hue, saturation, and luminance of the various colors in your photo.
A quick way to improve colors in Photoshop is by choosing Image, Alterations, Color Balance in your menu. Then test out the colour sliders for your shadows, middle tones and shows. Make sure Preserve Luminosity is inspected.
Another way you can match your images to the colors in your house is to plan the next photo period with your display area in mind. What is the look and feel of your house? Choose a procedure location and/or clothing that will compliment the design of your home or the area where the prints will be displayed.
Keep Coloring at heart
What color is the furniture in the room? How about the wall? How about accent pillows? Each one of these things subject and the art work (and framing) should match the colouring of the area around it. While this can be tough, the results will be far better when everything is coordinated. Not matchy-matchy necessarily, but of the same color family and feel.
In my bedroom, for example, I decided to go with three floral images with softer hues that are brought out by the Wythe Blue of the wall structure, while the casings are dark timber, matching the color of the headboard and lampshades.
The floral designs are of the same color family as the wall structure and quilt, as the frames match the real wood of the headboard.
REMEMBER the Frame
If you choose to hang an image, the structure should complement both the d?cor of the room and the color and design of the part itself. You'll also need to decide if you want matting or not - while matting can raise the wall structure size of an inferior piece, be wary of allowing a printing to drown in its boundary. Generally speaking, smaller parts with very large matting only succeed if the image is simple and visible from afar. If someone needs to peer up close at a piece to understand it, extensive matting is a no-no.
As for the frame materials, there are many choices. A wood framework with a carved design can have a nice shabby-chic feel, especially if it's been painted. For a in a straight line vintage look, simply dark wood frames work great. If you need a modernist or modern vibe, steel or black casings are the way to go.
Also, if you want vibrant d?cor, don't be reluctant to go with a bright-colored structure, particularly if the family room needs a pop as well as your color choice complements another highlight in the space.
LOWER COSTS Where You Can
If you're going with a print, framing can be expensive. Lower costs by only using prints that easily fit into standard-sized frames, which can be considerably cheaper than custom structures. You can even look for vintage frames at car port and house sales and then work backward, filling in the photo after you have the frame.
Or, one of the benefits of a wall-mounted shelf or other unorthodox decoration is having less frame - that can often be a big cost savings. There are often creative workarounds. The company Wellmade offers Gallery STiiCKs that can structure any poster on two edges for a fraction of what traditional framing costs - that's what I decided to go with for my three designs above the foundation.
There are also companies that print photographs onto canvas or real wood - and this don't need a frame at all. If you are a shutterbug and also have some great pictures you would like to hang, this may be your chance. Shutterfly offers this service, for example, and you will often find half-off offers.
For my dining room (pictured above), which also has high ceilings and blends right into the living room, I put two images made and opt for custom size for each and every that fit the wall-space beautifully. Because I'm a deal-hunter, the combined pair cost a lower amount than $100 - about the price tag on getting one large-ish poster custom framed.
Deciding on the best art for a huge space isn't easy - but it could be done invest the the time to really plan out the thing you need. Think through the scale, type, colouring, framing and cost of what you want. And get creativity from the internet and beyond - sites like Houzz can give you great ideas, as can home d?cor magazines, or even just shopping at home goods stores and witnessing the way they have their showrooms create.
The main element is visualizing the thing you need before you have it and then patiently working toward discovering the right art work at the right cost for your space. Don't dash things - Rome wasn't built in a day, and your home won't be decorated per day. But when your home is fully decorated, it will look fabulous!