Glow In The Dark Sweet 16 Party Decorations
7 TRICKS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO Printing FOR YOUR HOUSE
Over the past month I established an objective to print a few of my work and utilize it to decorate my home. As photography enthusiasts, we make investments our time and skills 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 wedding cake. After all the hard work, there's nothing more rewarding than seeing your images in print and shown as art!
Glow In The Dark Sweet 16 Party Decorations
Think About Size
Smaller artwork is easier to come across, it's simpler to store and it's really generally cheaper - so most people have much more small stuff, 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 a natural expansion 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 jeans - also wii look.
For large places, 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 3rd is to use several works of art in combination with one another, to produce a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large surfaces, a small little bit of artwork above the bed 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 Fine art That Works
Art work isn't simply a framed print out or poster. There are quite a few other decorative choices you may make. For instance, buying a wall-mounted shelf and placing figurines or vases onto it can be a great way to decorate a more substantial space using collectibles that you curently have. Or, getting aggregate accessories to take up a larger space can work well, like this Umbra Wallflower arranged - check out their site for additional options.
Other options include mounting attractive plates in a row, adding a large mirror or using decals - that happen to be surprisingly hip and often look good. Check out WallPops!, for some ideas.
When deciding what you would like to put on a wall, it's okay to believe outside the field. A big 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 - quite orthodox.)
Keep Coloring in Mind
What color is the furniture in the area? How about the wall? How about accent pillows? Each one of these things matter and the art work (and framing) should match the coloring of the space around it. While this is challenging, the results will be much better when everything is coordinated. Not matchy-matchy actually, but of the same color family and feel.
In my own bedroom, for example, I selected three floral prints with softer hues that are presented by the Wythe Blue of the wall membrane, while the structures are dark solid wood, matching the color of the headboard and lampshades.
The floral images are of the same color family as the wall and quilt, as the casings match the lumber of the headboard.
REMEMBER the Frame
If you opt to hang a graphic, the framework should complement both d?cor of the room and the coloring and design of the part itself. You'll also need to choose if you need matting or not - while matting can boost the wall size of a smaller piece, be wary of allowing a printing to drown in its border. Generally speaking, smaller pieces with very large matting only succeed if the image is simple and obvious from afar. If someone needs to peer up close at a bit to appreciate it, extensive matting is a no-no.
For the frame materials, there are several choices. A wood frame with a carved design can have a nice shabby-chic feel, especially if it's been decorated. For a direct vintage look, simply dark wood casings work great. If you want a modernist or modern day vibe, material or black structures are the way to go.
Also, if you want exciting d?cor, don't be scared to go with a bright-colored body, particularly if the room requires a pop and your color choice matches another highlight in the space.
Keep Costs Down WHERE YOU ARE ABLE TO
If you're choosing a print out, framing can be expensive. Keep costs down by only using designs that easily fit into standard-sized frames, which can be very good cheaper than custom structures. You can also look for vintage frames at storage area and property 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 beautification is having less framework - that can often be a big cost savings. There tend to be creative workarounds. The company Wellmade offers Gallery STiiCKs that can frame any poster on two factors for a small fraction of what traditional framing costs - that's what I chose for my three designs above the foundation.
There are also companies that print photos onto canvas or solid wood - and this don't need a frame at all. If you are a shutterbug and have some great pics you'd like to hang, this might be your chance. Shutterfly offers this service, for example, and you will often find half-off discounts.
For my dining area (pictured above), which also has high ceilings and blends directly into the living room, I needed two designs made and opt for custom size for every single that fit the wall-space perfectly. Because I'm a deal-hunter, the merged pair cost less than $100 - about the price tag on getting one large-ish poster custom framed.
Choosing the right art for a sizable space isn't easy - but it can be done if you take the time to really plan out what you need. Think through the size, type, coloring, framing and cost of what you would like. And get motivation from the internet and beyond - sites like Houzz can give you great ideas, as can home d?cor journals, or even just shopping at home goods stores and viewing how they have their showrooms set up.
The key is visualizing what 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 hurry things - Rome wasn't built-in a day, and your home won't be decorated per day. But when your property is fully decorated, it will look fabulous!