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7 APPROACHES FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO Printing FOR YOUR HOME
Over the past month I arranged a goal to print a few of my work and use it to beautify my home. As professional photographers, we invest our time and abilities to build up our skills so that in the end we can create artwork! I like to think of prints as the icing on the wedding cake. After all of the hard work, there's nothing more satisfying than viewing your images on the net and exhibited as art!
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Think About Size
Smaller artwork is better to come across, it's much easier to store and it's generally cheaper - so most people have far 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 about the wall around a bit of art within the art. You want to buy to be always a natural expansion of what's there. In case the art's too small, it'll be overcome by the emptiness and fade away - and it'll produce a timid and helpless vibe. If it's too big, it will feel like a giant wearing too-small pants - also wii look.
For large spots, there are several alternatives: the foremost is simply looking for bigger 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 pieces of art in combination with one another, to produce a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large wall surfaces, a small piece of artwork above the bed simply won't do.
As an example, in my own home, the bed room (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 ft in height. A little dinky framed thing above the foundation simply wasn't going to minimize it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Type of Skill That Works
Art work isn't only a framed printing or poster. There are very additional decorative choices you can make. For example, 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 curently have. Or, getting aggregate accessories to take up a more substantial space could work well, like this Umbra Wallflower placed - check out their site for more options.
Other selections 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 want to put on a wall, it's okay to believe outside the container. A large framed picture is often the least interesting (and often most expensive) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I decided three 16"x20" framed prints - fairly orthodox.)
Keep Coloring at heart
What color is the furniture in the area? What about the wall? Think about accent pillows? Each one of these things subject and the fine art (and framing) should match the coloring of the area around it. While this can be 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 decided to go with three floral prints with softer hues that are brought out by the Wythe Blue of the wall structure, while the casings are dark lumber, matching the colour of the headboard and lampshades.
The floral designs are of the same color family as the wall membrane and quilt, while the structures match the hardwood of the headboard.
REMEMBER the Frame
If you choose to hang an image, the body should complement both the d?cor of the area and the coloring and design of the piece itself. You'll also need to choose if you want matting or not - while matting can increase the wall size of an inferior piece, be wary of allowing a print out to drown in its boundary. In most cases, smaller portions with large matting only be successful if the image is very simple and visible from afar. If someone needs to peer close up at a bit to understand it, comprehensive matting is a no-no.
As for the frame material, there are many choices. A wood body with a carved design can have a nice shabby-chic feel, particularly if it's been painted. For a right vintage look, simply dark wood casings work great. If you want a modernist or modern vibe, metal or black casings are the way to go.
Also, if you like attractive d?cor, avoid being fearful to go with a bright-colored body, particularly if the space requires a pop and your color choice matches another highlight in the space.
Keep Costs Down WHERE YOU ARE ABLE TO
If you're going with a print out, framing can be costly. Keep costs down by only using designs that easily fit into standard-sized frames, which can be much cheaper than custom frames. You can also look for classic frames at storage and house 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 decoration is the lack of frame - that can frequently be a big cost benefits. There tend to be creative workarounds. The business Wellmade offers Gallery STiiCKs that can style any poster on two edges for a small percentage of what traditional framing costs - that's what I selected for my three prints above the foundation.
There are also companies that printing photographs onto canvas or lumber - 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 could often find half-off discounts.
For my dining room (pictured above), which also offers high ceilings and blends directly into the living room, I put two designs made and chose a custom size for every that fit the wall-space properly. Because I'm a deal-hunter, the mixed pair cost less 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 essentially plan out what you need. Think through the scale, type, coloring, framing and cost of what you would like. And get inspiration from the internet and beyond - sites like Houzz can give you great ideas, as can home d?cor newspapers, or even just shopping at home goods stores and viewing the way they have their showrooms create.
The main element is visualizing the thing you need before you own it and then patiently working toward finding the right skill 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 property is fully decorated, it will look fabulous!