Decorative Lighthouses That Light Up
7 TIPS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO Printing FOR YOUR HOUSE
Over the past month I placed a goal to print a few of might work and make use of it to decorate my home. As photographers, we spend our time and talents to build up our skills so that finally we can create works of art! I love to think of designs as the icing on the cake. After all the hard work, there's nothing more rewarding than seeing your images in print and shown as art!
Decorative Lighthouses That Light Up
Think About Size
Smaller artwork is easier to come by, it's better to store and it's generally cheaper - so most people have much more small stuff, 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 about the wall structure around a piece 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 will be overwhelmed by the emptiness and fade away - and it'll produce a timid and helpless vibe. If it's too big, it'll feel like a giant wearing too-small pants - also wii look.
For large spaces, there are several solutions: the foremost is simply looking for bigger works of art. The second is to choose something that isn't a framed image (more about this below). And the 3rd is by using several works of art in combination with one another, to make a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large walls, a small piece of artwork above the foundation simply won't do.
As an example, in my own home, the bedroom (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 feet in height. A little dinky framed thing above the bed simply wasn't heading to lower it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Kind of Fine art That Works
Art work isn't only a framed print or poster. There are quite a few other decorative choices you may make. For instance, buying a wall-mounted shelf and putting figurines or vases on it can be a great way to decorate a more substantial space using collectibles that you already have. Or, getting aggregate decor to take up a larger space can work well, like this Umbra Wallflower place - check out their site for additional options.
Other selections include mounting decorative plates in a row, adding a large mirror 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 up a wall membrane, it's okay to think outside the container. A large framed picture is usually the least interesting (and frequently priciest) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I decided three 16"x20" framed prints - fairly orthodox.)
Keep Coloring in Mind
What color is the furniture in the area? What about the wall? How about accent pillows? Each one of these things subject and the art work (and framing) should match the coloring of the space around it. While this can be tough, the results will be far better when everything is coordinated. Not matchy-matchy actually, but of the same color family and feel.
In my own bedroom, for example, I selected three floral designs with softer hues that are presented by the Wythe Blue of the wall, while the structures are dark wood, matching the colour of the headboard and lampshades.
The floral designs are of the same color family as the wall membrane and quilt, as the casings match the lumber of the headboard.
Don't Forget the Frame
If you choose to hang an image, the body should complement both the d?cor of the room and the coloring and design of the part itself. You will also need to decide if you would like matting or not - while matting can improve the wall size of an inferior piece, be wary of allowing a print out to drown in its border. In most cases, smaller portions 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 understand it, intensive matting is a no-no.
For the frame materials, there are many choices. A wood framework with a carved design can have a nice shabby-chic feel, especially if it's been decorated. For a right vintage look, plain dark wood frames work great. If you want a modernist or modern vibe, metal or black frames are the strategy to use.
Also, if you like vibrant d?cor, don't be worried to go with a bright-colored structure, particularly if the family room requires a pop and your color choice matches another accent in the space.
Keep Costs Down WHERE YOU ARE ABLE TO
If you're choosing a print, framing can be costly. Lower costs by only using prints that fit in standard-sized frames, which can be considerably cheaper than custom frames. You can even look for antique frames at garage area and estate sales and then work backward, completing the photo once you've the frame.
Or, one of the benefits of a wall-mounted shelf or other unorthodox beautification is the lack of body - that can frequently be a big cost benefits. There are often creative workarounds. The company Wellmade offers Gallery STiiCKs that can structure any poster on two factors for a portion of what traditional framing costs - that's what I chose for my three images above the bed.
There's also companies that print photographs onto canvas or real wood - and that don't need a frame in any way. If you are a shutterbug and have some great pics you'd like to hang, this may be your chance. Shutterfly offers this service, for example, and you can often find half-off offers.
For my dining area (pictured above), which also has high ceilings and mixes right into the living room, I needed two images made and opt for custom size for each and every that fit the wall-space beautifully. 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 big space isn't easy - but it could be done if you take the time to really plan out the thing you need. Think through the size, type, color, framing and cost of what you want. And get enthusiasm from the web and beyond - sites like Houzz can give you great ideas, as can home d?cor journals, or even just shopping at home goods stores and experiencing how they have their showrooms setup.
The main element is visualizing the thing 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 hurry things - Rome wasn't built in a day, and your home won't be decorated in a day. But when your property is fully decorated, it will look fabulous!