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5 Tips to ASSIST YOU TO Choose Perfect Wall Art work for Large Spaces
Now that you're a very pleased home owner, it is time to deck your walls with artwork that reflects you. Your newfound soaring ceilings and open up floor plan can feel just a little bare without something to brighten the wall space. Developing a cohesive feel is very important, so it could require purchasing some additional parts to complement the skill you already own.
Here are five things to consider when choosing (or repurposing) art for your new large spaces, along with a couple of case-studies from my own home.
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Smaller artwork is simpler to come by, it's much easier to store and it's generally cheaper - so most folks have a lot 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 so much.
Think of the wall around a piece of art within the art. You want it to be a natural extension of what's there. When the art's too small, it will be overwhelmed by the emptiness and fade away - and it will give off a timid and helpless vibe. Whether it's too big, it'll feel like a giant wearing too-small pants - also not a good look.
For large spots, there are several solutions: the first is simply looking for much larger works of art. The second reason is to choose something that isn't a framed image (more about this below). And the third is to use several pieces of art in combination with one another, to produce a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large wall space, 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 toes in height. Just a little dinky framed thing above the bed simply wasn't going to trim it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Kind of Art That Works
Fine art isn't just a framed print 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 considered a smart way to decorate a larger 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 to get more detailed options.
Other alternatives include mounting attractive plates in a row, putting up a large reflection or using decals - that are surprisingly hip and frequently look good. Have a look at WallPops!, for some ideas.
When deciding what you want to put up a wall membrane, it's okay to believe outside the container. A big framed picture is often the least interesting (and frequently most expensive) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I selected three 16"x20" framed prints - fairly orthodox.)
When using a collection of different shaded and textured frames, choose dark-colored and white images to keep them from looking cluttered. Dark colored & white images can also supply the display a more unified look. I had my friend Kristen from Studio7 HOME DESIGN help me choose ornamental frames & art work for a tiny gallery wall in my entry.
This was a wall that would normally go un-noticed. I needed to turn it into a focal point. I held all my images in dark & white except the family photo in the center. The goal was to get the attention there first, then to the dark & white images in the outer frames. Likewise as effective is always to choose colourful images for stable black structures or sturdy white framessuch as this wall membrane, also designed by my friend Kristen.
Choose larger size designs 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 cannot see them unless you walk up to them?
The prints 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 inches size. I actually may have removed bigger for the area available, but I didn't want to cover the ornamental trim-work of the complete mantel. So, naturally, consider the space you are filling up when deciding what size you can go.
I also chose a more timeless, creative image of my family walking, rather an enormous portrait of our own faces. This is a personal decision as I was going for a more artistic believe that went with the style and colors of the room. Even though our faces stay unseen, we are extremely well symbolized by the composition in the image as well as in the up close of the youngsters in the image next to it.
Way too many portraits around your home? Try converting a few of your images into art using the Waterlogue app! This is a good way to use your images, but give them a different look. My home design friend recommends showing art work or still life/food in your kitchen, rather than portraits. A graphic turned through this iphone app might be considered a good choice. Here's a good example of an image converted into fine art using the Waterlogue app. (Image by Liz Behm)
Choose photos to show that were taken in that one room of your house. For example, food picture taking in your kitchen, lifestyle images in the family room, bath images of your kids in the tub shown in the bathroom, and more personal photographs in the bed room.
Last week I determined I had a need to fill the space above a doorway in my kitchen with some food images.
Considerations I created before I required the images:
How much space I needed to fill and how many images.
Appropriate size for that space.
The style/colors that would go well in my own kitchen.
How those images would look from across the room.
Because I couldn't go bigger when compared to a 10x10, I thought we would use my macro lens and tried to capture close-up textures of the berries vs. a far more styled shot with atmosphere that could be harder to see from across the room.
Edit your images to match the style of the space it will be in. For instance, light and airy, rich in color & distinction, dark & white, etc. Also, if you are showing images collectively, edit them hand and hand in your editing and enhancing program to make sure they combine well and the color is regular from image to image.
I did this with my fruit images. I migrated them around in Photoshop to help me visualize how they might look hung. I segregated the blueberry image (mostly blue) and the grapefruit (blue background) with the yellow pineapple in the middle so each image would stand out and look healthy next to one another.