Small Fireplace Mantel Decorating Ideas

Small Fireplace Mantel Decorating Ideas


Within the last month I placed a goal to print some of might work and use it to decorate my home. As photography lovers, we commit our time and talents to build up our skills so that in the end we can create works of art! I love to think of prints as the icing on the wedding cake. After all of the hard work, there is nothing more rewarding than finding your images in print and displayed as art!

Small Fireplace Mantel Decorating Ideas

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There are many tips out there about how to produce gallery wall surfaces, and choosing the right frames for your interior keyword. These are important decisions that require to be made certainly as well. But since I'm a professional photographer, no interior designer, I want to focus on deciding on the best images (that will best go with your projects) for the spots you are filling up.

7 tips to help you select which images to print out for your space

They are not design rules, just recommendations from a photographer's perspective.

  1. Create a folder on your desktop where you save your favorite images. Be selective in support of save the ones you absolutely love. In this particular folder create other folders to break down the many types of images. i.e. macro, food, lifestyle, portraits. As you edit your photographs, save your favorites to these folders. This could keep them in a single prepared place so they are really no problem finding when you are ready to print out. And it will save you time of time you'll normally devote to combing your archives to get the right image every time you want to print.

  2. Match the colors in your photographs to your d?cor. This is merely a suggestion which may or may not be your look. I needed the colors in my prints to compliment the colors of my decor. When you search your archives, either look for images which have certain complimentary tones in them, or you can transform them in Photoshop or Lightroom to match!

    The blossoms in these frames were actually more of a dark green when these were photographed. I modified the tones to be more peachy and tender to match the lampshade these were next to. You can do this in Lightroom in the HSL and COLOR tabs by experimenting with the hue, saturation, and luminance of the many colors in your picture.

    A quick way to change colors in Photoshop is by choosing Image, Alterations, Color Balance in your menu. Then test out the colour sliders for your shadows, middle tones and highlights. Make sure Keep Luminosity is checked out.

    One other way you can match your prints to the colors in your home is to plan the next photo session with your screen area at heart. What is the appearance and feel of your house? Choose a time location and/or clothing that will go with the style of your home or the room where the prints will be displayed.

  1. When by using a collection of different colored and textured casings, choose dark-colored and white images to keep them from looking cluttered. Dark colored & white images can also give the display a far more unified look. I needed my friend Kristen from Studio7 Interior Design help me choose decorative frames & skill for a small gallery wall in my entry.

    This was a wall that could normally go un-noticed. I needed to turn it into a focal point. I maintained all my images in black & white except the family image in the guts. The target was to pull the eye there first, then to the black & white images in the outer frames. Likewise as effective is always to choose bright colored images for sound black casings or sound white framessuch as this wall structure, also designed by my pal Kristen.

  2. Choose larger size images and canvases for areas where you can see them across the room. What's the point in producing small 4x6's and 5x7's if you can't see them unless you walk up to them?

    The designs on my mantel would have to be big (at least 16x20) in order to enjoy them from over the room. The top the first is a 22x27 inch size. I actually might have ended up bigger for the area available, but I didn't want to hide the decorative trim-work of the whole mantel. So, certainly, take into consideration the space you are filling when deciding what size you can go.

    I also opt for more timeless, creative image of my children walking, rather an enormous portrait of the faces. This was a personal decision when i was going for a more artistic believe that gone with the style and colors of the area. Even though our faces remain unseen, we are extremely well represented by the composition in the image as well as in the up close of the youngsters in the image next to it.

  3. Way too many portraits all over your home? Try converting a few of your images into fine art using the Waterlogue app! That is a sensible way to use your images, but give them a new look. My interior design friend recommends exhibiting fine art or still life/food in your kitchen, rather than portraits. An image turned through this software might be a good solution. Here's an example of an image turned into art work using the Waterlogue app. (Image by Liz Behm)

  4. Choose photos to display that were taken in that one room of your house. For instance, food photography in your kitchen, lifestyle images in the family room, bath images of your kids in the tub shown in the bathroom, and much more personal images in the bedroom.

    The other day I chosen I needed to fill the space above a doorway in my kitchen with some food images.

    Considerations I created before I had taken the images:

    1. How much space I had a need to fill and how many images.

    2. Appropriate size to the space.

    3. The style/colors that could go well in my own kitchen.

    4. How those images would look from over the room.

    Because I couldn't go bigger than a 10x10, I chose to use my macro lens and tried to capture close-up textures of the berry vs. a more styled shot with atmosphere that might be harder to see from across the room.

  5. Edit your photographs to complement the style of the space it will be in. For example, light and airy, abundant with color & comparison, dark & white, etc. Also, if you are showing images collectively, edit them hand and hand in your editing and enhancing program to ensure they mix well and the colour is constant from image to image.

    I did so this with my fruit images. I moved them around in Photoshop to help me imagine how they might look hung. I separated the blueberry image (usually blue) and the grapefruit (blue background) with the yellow pineapple in the middle so each image would stand out and look balanced next to one another.

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