Make Deer Antler Decor Home
7 SUGGESTIONS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO PRINT FOR YOUR HOME
Over the past month I placed an objective to print a few of might work and make use of it to decorate my home. As photographers, we invest our time and talents to develop our skills so that finally we can create works of art! I love to think of images as the icing on the wedding cake. After all the hard work, there's nothing more rewarding than discovering your images on the net and shown as art!
Make Deer Antler Decor Home
Think About Size
Smaller artwork is easier to come across, it's easier to store and it's generally cheaper - so most folks 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 really much.
Think of the wall membrane around a bit of art as part of the art. You want to buy to be always a natural expansion of what's there. If the art's too small, it will be confused by the emptiness and go away - and it will produce a timid and helpless vibe. Whether it's too big, it will feel like a giant wearing too-small shorts - also wii look.
For large spots, there are several alternatives: the foremost is simply looking for much larger pieces of art. The second reason is to choose something that's not a framed image (more about this 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 surfaces, a small little bit of artwork above the foundation simply won't do.
As an example, in my own home, the bed room (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 toes in height. Just a little dinky framed thing above the foundation simply wasn't going to cut it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Kind of Art That Works
Fine art isn't simply a framed printing or poster. There are very a few other decorative choices you can make. For instance, buying a wall-mounted shelf and placing figurines or vases on it can be a smart way to decorate a larger space using collectibles that you curently have. Or, getting aggregate adornments to take up a larger space can work well, such as this Umbra Wallflower set - check out their site to get more detailed options.
Other choices include mounting ornamental plates in a row, putting up a large mirror or using decals - that happen to 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 structure, it's okay to believe outside the pack. 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 images - quite orthodox.)
Keep Coloring in Mind
What color is the furniture in the room? How about the wall? Think about accent pillows? All these things matter and the artwork (and framing) should match the coloring of the space around it. While this is tough, the results will be much better when everything is coordinated. Not matchy-matchy always, but of the same color family and feel.
In my own bedroom, for example, I decided to go with three floral designs with softer hues that are brought out by the Wythe Blue of the wall membrane, while the frames are dark real wood, 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 casings match the wood of the headboard.
Don't Forget the Frame
If you opt to hang a graphic, the framework should complement both d?cor of the area and the coloring and style of the piece itself. You can also need to decide if you would like matting or not - while matting can boost the wall structure size of a smaller piece, be wary of allowing a printing to drown in its border. In most cases, smaller bits with very large matting only be successful if the image is simple and obvious from afar. If someone needs to peer up close at a bit to appreciate it, intensive matting is a no-no.
For the frame material, there are many choices. A wood structure with a carved design can have a nice shabby-chic feel, especially if it's been decorated. For a upright vintage look, simply dark wood frames work great. If you want a modernist or modern-day vibe, material or black casings are the way to go.
Also, if you want lively d?cor, you shouldn't be worried to go with a bright-colored frame, particularly if the area requires a pop as well as your color choice complements another accent in the space.
LOWER COSTS Where You Can
If you're choosing a print, framing can be costly. Lower costs by only using designs that fit in standard-sized frames, that are considerably cheaper than custom frames. You can also look for retro frames at garage and real estate sales and then work backward, filling in the photo once you've the frame.
Or, one of the features of a wall-mounted shelf or other unorthodox adornment is the lack of body - that can frequently be a big cost savings. There tend to be creative workarounds. The company Wellmade offers Gallery STiiCKs that can structure any poster on two sides for a small percentage of what traditional framing costs - that's what I decided for my three prints above the bed.
There's also companies that printing photos onto canvas or real wood - and this don't desire a frame whatsoever. If you are a shutterbug and also have some great pics you'd 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 area (pictured above), which also has high ceilings and mixes directly into the living room, I needed two images made and opt for custom size for every single that fit the wall-space properly. Because I'm a deal-hunter, the mixed pair cost a lower amount than $100 - about the price tag on getting one large-ish poster custom framed.
Choosing the right art for a big space isn't easy - but it can be done if you take the time to essentially plan out the thing you need. Think through the scale, type, coloring, framing and cost of what you would like. And get enthusiasm from the internet and beyond - sites like Houzz can give you great ideas, as can home d?cor periodicals, or even just shopping at home goods stores and seeing the way they have their showrooms set up.
The key is visualizing what you need before you have it and then patiently working toward finding the right art work at the right cost for your space. Don't rush 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'll look fabulous!