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7 METHODS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO PRINT FOR YOUR HOME
Over the past month I established a goal to print a few of might work and make use of it to enhance my home. As professional photographers, we commit our time and abilities to build up our skills so that ultimately we can create artwork! I like to think of prints as the icing on the cake. After all the hard work, there's nothing more satisfying than seeing your images in print and exhibited as art!
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Think About Size
Smaller artwork is better to come by, it's much easier to store and it's really generally cheaper - so most people have a lot 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 about the wall membrane around a piece of art as part of the art. You want it to be a natural expansion of what's there. When the art's too small, it'll be overcome by the emptiness and go away - and it will give off a timid and helpless vibe. If it's too big, it'll feel like a huge wearing too-small pants - also wii look.
For large areas, there are several solutions: the foremost is simply looking for much larger pieces of art. The second is to choose something that isn't a framed image (more about that below). And the 3rd is to use several works of art in combination with one another, to make a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large wall space, a small piece of artwork above the bed simply won't do.
For example, in my own home, the bedroom (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 toes in height. Just a little dinky framed thing above the bed simply wasn't going to slice it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Kind of Artwork That Works
Art work isn't only a framed print out or poster. There are very a few other decorative choices you can make. For example, buying a wall-mounted shelf and adding figurines or vases onto it can be considered a smart 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 established - check out their site for additional options.
Other options include mounting attractive plates in a row, putting up a large reflection or using decals - that happen to be surprisingly hip and often look good. Check out WallPops!, for a few ideas.
When deciding what you want to put on a wall, it's okay to think outside the pack. A large framed picture is often the least interesting (and often priciest) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I chose three 16"x20" framed prints - pretty orthodox.)
When by using a collection of different coloured and textured structures, choose black and white images to keep them from looking cluttered. Black color & white images can also supply the display a far more unified look. I had formed my friend Kristen from Studio room7 HOME DESIGN help me choose ornamental frames & 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 center point. I kept all my images in black & white except the family photography in the guts. The goal was to sketch the attention there first, then to the dark & white images in the exterior frames. Likewise as effective would be to choose multi-colored images for sound black structures or solid white framessuch as this wall, also designed by my pal Kristen.
Choose larger measured prints and canvases for areas where you can see them over the room. What's the idea in printing small 4x6's and 5x7's if you cannot see them if you don't walk up to them?
The images on my mantel needed to be big (at least 16x20) in order to enjoy them from over the room. The top an example 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 entire mantel. So, certainly, consider the space you are filling up when deciding what size you can go.
I also opt for more timeless, artistic image of my children walking, rather an enormous portrait of our own faces. This is a personal decision when i was taking a more artistic feel that travelled with the style and colors of the area. Despite the fact that our faces continue to be unseen, we are extremely well represented by the structure in the image as well as in the close up of the youngsters in the image next to it.
Too many portraits all over your home? Try switching some of your images into art work using the Waterlogue app! This is a good way to use your images, but give them some other look. My home design friend recommends displaying art or still life/food in your kitchen, rather than portraits. A graphic altered through this app might be considered a good option. Here's an example of an image converted into fine art using the Waterlogue app. (Image by Liz Behm)
Choose photos to display that were taken in that particular room of your home. For example, food photography in the kitchen, lifestyle images in the living room, bath images of your kids in the tub shown in the toilet, plus more personal images in the bed room.
Last week I chosen I needed to fill the space above a doorway in my kitchen with some food images.
Considerations I made before I got the images:
How much space I needed to fill and how many images.
Appropriate size for that 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 when compared to a 10x10, I thought we would use my macro zoom lens and tried to fully 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 design of the space it will be in. For instance, light and airy, rich in color & compare, dark & white, etc. Also, if you are showing images alongside one another, edit them hand and hand in your editing and enhancing program to be sure they mix well and the colour is consistent from image to image.
I did this with my fruits images. I transferred them around in Photoshop to help me visualize how they would look hung. I segregated the blueberry image (mainly blue) and the grapefruit (blue background) with the yellow pineapple in the centre so each image would stick out and look well balanced next to one another.