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7 SUGGESTIONS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO Print out FOR YOUR HOME
Over the past month I place a goal to print a few of my work and make use of it to enhance my home. As photography enthusiasts, we invest our time and skills to build up our skills so that finally we can create artwork! I like to think of designs as the icing on the wedding cake. After all the hard work, there's nothing more worthwhile than experiencing your images in print and displayed as art!
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Smaller artwork is much easier to come by, it's better to store and it's generally cheaper - so most people have far more small products, 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 around a piece of art within the art. You want to buy to be always a natural extension of what's there. When the art's too small, it will be overcome 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 giant wearing too-small shorts - also not a good look.
For large areas, there are several alternatives: the foremost is simply looking for larger pieces of art. The second is to choose something that's not a framed image (more about this below). And the 3rd is by using several works of art in combination with each other, to make a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large wall space, a small little bit of artwork above the foundation simply won't do.
As an example, in my home, the bed room (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 lower it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Type of Art That Works
Fine art isn't only a framed print out or poster. There are quite additional decorative choices you may make. For example, buying a wall-mounted shelf and placing figurines or vases onto it can be a smart way to decorate a more substantial space using collectibles that you curently have. Or, getting aggregate decor to take up a larger space can work well, like this Umbra Wallflower place - check out their site to get more detailed options.
Other alternatives include mounting attractive plates in a row, putting up 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 would like to put on a wall, it's okay to think outside the package. A large framed picture is usually the least interesting (and frequently priciest) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I decided to go with three 16"x20" framed prints - fairly orthodox.)
When using a assortment of different coloured and textured casings, choose black and white images to keep them from looking cluttered. Dark & white images can also supply the display a more unified look. I had my friend Kristen from Studio room7 Interior Design help me choose attractive frames & skill for a tiny gallery wall in my entry.
This was a wall that would normally go un-noticed. I needed to carefully turn it into a center point. I retained all my images in black & white except the family photography in the guts. The target was to bring the eye there first, then to the dark-colored & white images in the outer frames. In the same way as effective would be to choose colourful images for sound black structures or stable white framessuch as this wall membrane, also designed by my pal Kristen.
Choose larger sized designs and canvases for areas where you can view them across the room. What's the point in producing small 4x6's and 5x7's if you cannot see them if you don't walk up to them?
The designs on my mantel would have to be big (at least 16x20) to be able to enjoy them from across the room. The top you are a 22x27 inches size. I actually can have vanished bigger for the space available, but I didn't want to pay the attractive trim-work of the whole mantel. So, obviously, consider the area you are filling when deciding how big you can go.
I also chose a more timeless, creative image of my children walking, rather a huge portrait in our faces. This is an individual decision when i was taking a more artistic feel that went with the style and colors of the room. Even though our faces stay unseen, we are very well symbolized by the structure in the image as well as in the up close of the youngsters in the image next to it.
Too many portraits all over your home? Try converting some of your images into art work using the Waterlogue app! This is a good way to use your images, but provide them with a new look. My interior design friend recommends showing fine art or still life/food in your kitchen, somewhat than portraits. A graphic changed through this app might be considered a good solution. Here's an example of an image converted into skill 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 picture taking in the kitchen, lifestyle images in the living room, bath images of your kids in the tub viewed in the bathroom, and much more personal images in the bed room.
The other day I made the decision I needed to fill the space above a doorway in my kitchen with some food images.
Considerations I created before I required the images:
Just how much space I needed to fill and just how many images.
Appropriate size with the space.
The style/colors that could go well in my own 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 zoom 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 photos to complement the style of the space it'll be in. For instance, light and airy, abundant with color & compare, black & white, etc. Also, if you are exhibiting images alongside one another, edit them hand and hand in your editing and enhancing program to ensure they combine well and the color is constant from image to image.
I did this with my super fruit images. I relocated them around in Photoshop to help me imagine how they would look hung. I segregated the blueberry image (mostly blue) and the grapefruit (blue background) with the yellowish pineapple in the centre so each image would stand out and look well balanced next to each other.