French Wall Plaques Home Decor
7 APPROACHES FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO Print out FOR YOUR HOME
Over the past month I established an objective to print some of my work and use it to enhance 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 prints as the icing on the cake. After all of the hard work, there's nothing more satisfying than finding your images in print and shown as art!
French Wall Plaques Home Decor
Smaller artwork is simpler to come by, it's simpler to store and it's really generally cheaper - so most people have far 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 about the wall around a piece of art within the art. You want to buy to be a natural extension of what's there. In case the art's too small, it'll be stressed by the emptiness and go away - and it'll 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 spaces, there are several alternatives: the first is simply looking for bigger works of art. The second 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 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 legs 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 Art work That Works
Fine art isn't only a framed print or poster. There are quite additional decorative choices you can make. For instance, buying a wall-mounted shelf and placing figurines or vases on it can be a great way to decorate a larger space using collectibles that you already have. Or, getting aggregate accessories to take up a more substantial space can work well, such as this Umbra Wallflower establish - check out their site for additional options.
Other options include mounting attractive plates in a row, adding a large reflection or using decals - which can be surprisingly hip and often 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 package. A big framed picture is often the least interesting (and frequently most expensive) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I selected three 16"x20" framed prints - fairly orthodox.)
When using a assortment of different coloured and textured frames, choose dark-colored and white images to keep them from looking cluttered. Black & white images can also give the display a far more unified look. I put my friend Kristen from Studio7 HOME DESIGN help me choose ornamental frames & artwork for a little gallery wall in my own entry.
This is a wall that could 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 target was to bring the eye there first, then to the dark-colored & white images in the outer frames. Similarly as effective is always to choose vibrant images for sturdy black structures or stable white framessuch as this wall, also designed by my friend Kristen.
Choose larger measured designs and canvases for areas where you can see them across the room. What's the point in stamping small 4x6's and 5x7's if you cannot see them unless you walk up to them?
The images on my mantel needed to be big (at least 16x20) in order to take pleasure from them from over the room. The big an example may be a 22x27 in . size. I actually might have absent bigger for the area available, but I didn't want to pay the ornamental trim-work of the entire mantel. So, obviously, consider the space you are filling up when deciding how big you can go.
I also opt for more timeless, artistic image of my family walking, rather a huge portrait of your faces. This was a personal decision when i was taking a more artistic believe that travelled with the style and colors of the room. Despite the fact that our faces remain unseen, we are very well represented by the structure in the image as well as in the up close of the youngsters in the image next to it.
Way too many portraits all over your home? Try converting a few 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 exhibiting art or still life/food in your kitchen, rather than portraits. A graphic modified through this iphone app might be considered a good alternative. Here's a good example of an image turned into artwork using the Waterlogue app. (Image by Liz Behm)
Choose photos to show that were taken in that one room of your house. For instance, food picture taking in your kitchen, lifestyle images in the living room, bath images of your children in the tub viewed in the toilet, and even more personal images in the bedroom.
The other day I made the decision I had a need to fill the area above a doorway in my own kitchen with some food images.
Considerations I made before I needed the images:
How much space I needed to fill and just how many images.
Appropriate size for your space.
The style/colors that could go well in my 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 fully capture close-up textures of the fruits vs. a more styled shot with atmosphere that might be harder to see from across the room.
Edit your photographs to match the design of the space it'll be in. For instance, light and airy, abundant with color & comparison, black & white, etc. Also, if you are showing images together, edit them hand and hand in your editing program to be sure they mix well and the color is consistent from image to image.
I did so this with my berry images. I shifted them around in Photoshop to help me visualize how they would look hung. I separated the blueberry image (usually blue) and the grapefruit (blue qualifications) with the yellow pineapple in the middle so each image would stick out and look well-balanced next to each other.