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7 TIPS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO PRINT FOR YOUR HOME
Over the past month I arranged a goal to print some of my work and use it to beautify my home. As photographers, we make investments our time and talents to develop our skills so that ultimately we can create works of art! I like to think of designs as the icing on the wedding cake. After all of the hard work, there is nothing more worthwhile than seeing your images in print and viewed as art!
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Think About Size
Smaller artwork is much easier to come across, it's simpler to store and it's generally cheaper - so most people have much more small products, which works great if you have a snug bedroom, or a cramped hallway. But in an expansive room with high ceilings? Not so much.
Think of the wall membrane around a bit of art as part of the art. You want it to be a natural expansion of what's there. In case the art's too small, it'll be overwhelmed by the emptiness and vanish - and it will produce a timid and helpless vibe. Whether it's too big, it will feel like a huge wearing too-small shorts - also not a good look.
For large areas, there are several solutions: the first is simply looking for much larger works of art. The second is to choose something that isn't a framed image (more about that below). And the third is to use several pieces of art in combination with each other, to make a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large surfaces, a small piece of artwork above the bed simply won't do.
As an example, in my home, the bed room (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 foot in height. A little dinky framed thing above the foundation simply wasn't heading to lower it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Type of Fine art That Works
Art work isn't just a framed print or poster. There are very additional decorative choices you can make. For instance, buying a wall-mounted shelf and adding figurines or vases onto it can be a great way to decorate a more substantial space using collectibles that you already have. Or, getting aggregate accessories to take up a more substantial space can work well, like this Umbra Wallflower placed - check out their site for additional options.
Other options include mounting decorative plates in a row, adding a large reflection or using decals - which can be surprisingly hip and often look good. Check out WallPops!, for a few ideas.
When deciding what you want to put on a wall, it's okay to believe outside the container. A big framed picture is usually the least interesting (and often most expensive) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I chose three 16"x20" framed designs - pretty orthodox.)
Keep Coloring at heart
What color is the furniture in the room? How about the wall? Think about accent pillows? All these things matter and the skill (and framing) should match the colouring of the area around it. While this is challenging, the results will be much better when everything is coordinated. Not matchy-matchy always, but of the same color family and feel.
In my bedroom, for example, I chose three floral designs with softer hues that are brought out by the Wythe Blue of the wall membrane, while the frames are dark timber, matching the color of the headboard and lampshades.
The floral designs are of the same color family as the wall membrane and quilt, as the frames match the real wood of the headboard.
Don't Forget the Frame
If you choose to hang a graphic, the shape should complement both the d?cor of the room and the color and style of the piece itself. You will also need to decide if you want matting or not - while matting can improve the wall size of a smaller piece, be wary of allowing a printing to drown in its boundary. Generally speaking, smaller items with large matting only be successful if the image is simple and obvious from afar. If someone needs to peer close up at a bit to understand it, intensive matting is a no-no.
As for the frame material, there are many choices. A wood framework with a carved design can have a nice shabby-chic feel, particularly if it's been colored. For a upright vintage look, plain dark wood structures work great. If you need a modernist or modern-day vibe, material or black casings are the way to go.
Also, if you like radiant d?cor, don't be fearful to go with a bright-colored shape, particularly if the room requires a pop as well as your color choice complements another highlight in the space.
LOWER COSTS Where You Can
If you're going with a printing, framing can be expensive. Lower costs by only using designs that fit in standard-sized frames, that are very good cheaper than custom casings. You can even look for vintage frames at storage and property sales and then work backward, filling in the photo after you have the frame.
Or, one of the advantages of a wall-mounted shelf or other unorthodox adornment is the lack of structure - that can often be a big cost benefits. There are often 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 select for my three prints above the bed.
There are also companies that print out photos onto canvas or wood - and this don't need a frame whatsoever. If you are a shutterbug and also have some great pics you'd like to hang, this might be your chance. Shutterfly offers this service, for example, and you can often find half-off bargains.
For my dining room (pictured above), which also offers high ceilings and blends directly into the living room, I had fashioned two images made and chose a custom size for each that fit the wall-space perfectly. Because I'm a deal-hunter, the blended pair cost a lower amount than $100 - about the price of getting one large-ish poster custom framed.
Deciding on the best art for a sizable space isn't easy - but it can be done invest the the time to essentially plan out the thing you need. Think through the size, type, color, 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 mags, or even just shopping at home goods stores and seeing the way they have their showrooms set up.
The key is visualizing the thing you need before you have it and then patiently working toward discovering the right artwork 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 in a day. But when your home is fully decorated, it will look fabulous!