Real Birch Trees For Decorating
7 SUGGESTIONS FOR CHOOSING WHICH IMAGES TO Print out FOR YOUR HOME
Within the last month I arranged a goal to print a few of my work and put it to use to beautify my home. As photography lovers, we spend our time and talents to develop our skills so that finally we can create artwork! I like to think of prints as the icing on the cake. After all the hard work, there is nothing more rewarding than viewing your images in print and shown as art!
Real Birch Trees For Decorating
Smaller artwork is better to come by, it's easier to store and it's generally cheaper - so most folks have far 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 around a bit of art within the art. You want to buy to be a natural extension of what's there. If the art's too small, it'll be confused by the emptiness and go away - and it will produce a timid and helpless vibe. Whether it's too big, it'll feel like a huge wearing too-small pants - also wii look.
For large places, there are several solutions: the foremost is simply looking for greater pieces of art. The second is to choose something that's not a framed image (more about that below). And the third is by using several pieces 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 own home, the bedroom (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 toes in height. A little dinky framed thing above the bed simply wasn't heading to slice it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Kind of Artwork That Works
Fine art isn't only a framed print out or poster. There are very a few other decorative choices you can make. For example, buying a wall-mounted shelf and putting figurines or vases onto it can be a great way to decorate a larger space using collectibles that you already have. Or, getting aggregate designs to take up a larger space could work well, like this Umbra Wallflower placed - check out their site for more options.
Other alternatives include mounting ornamental plates in a row, adding a large reflection or using decals - which are surprisingly hip and frequently look good. Have a look at WallPops!, for some ideas.
When deciding what you would like to put up a wall membrane, it's okay to think outside the field. A big framed picture is often the least interesting (and frequently priciest) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I selected three 16"x20" framed images - rather orthodox.)
Keep Coloring in Mind
What color is the furniture in the room? What about the wall? How about accent pillows? All these things matter and the art work (and framing) should match the colouring of the area around it. While this can be tough, the results will be far better when everything is coordinated. Not matchy-matchy necessarily, but of the same color family and feel.
In my bedroom, for example, I selected three floral images with softer hues that are brought out by the Wythe Blue of the wall membrane, while the frames are dark real wood, matching the colour of the headboard and lampshades.
The floral designs are of the same color family as the wall structure and quilt, as the frames match the wood of the headboard.
Don't Forget the Frame
If you choose to hang an image, the structure should complement both d?cor of the area and the colouring and style of the piece itself. You can also need to decide if you need matting or not - while matting can improve the wall size of an inferior piece, be wary of allowing a print to drown in its boundary. Generally speaking, smaller portions with large matting only succeed if the image is very simple and noticeable from afar. If someone needs to peer up close at a bit to appreciate it, considerable matting is a no-no.
For the frame materials, there are many choices. A wood body with a carved design can have a nice shabby-chic feel, particularly if it's been coated. For a in a straight line vintage look, simply dark wood structures work great. If you want a modernist or modern vibe, material or black structures are the way to go.
Also, if you like vibrant d?cor, don't be afraid to go with a bright-colored frame, particularly if the bedroom needs a pop and your color choice fits another accent in the area.
LOWER COSTS Where You Can
If you're choosing a print, framing can be expensive. Lower costs by only using prints that easily fit into standard-sized frames, that are very good cheaper than custom structures. You can also look for vintage frames at storage area and property sales and then work backward, completing the photo once you've the frame.
Or, one of the features of a wall-mounted shelf or other unorthodox adornment is the lack of body - that can often be a big cost savings. There tend to be creative workarounds. The business Wellmade offers Gallery STiiCKs that can body any poster on two sides for a fraction of what traditional framing costs - that's what I decided to go with for my three designs above the foundation.
There's also companies that printing images onto canvas or solid wood - and that don't desire a frame by any means. If you are a shutterbug and also have some great pictures you'd like to hang, this may be your chance. Shutterfly offers this service, for example, and you may often find half-off discounts.
For my dining room (pictured above), which also has high ceilings and mixes right into the living room, I had formed two designs made and chose a custom size for each that fit the wall-space flawlessly. Because I'm a deal-hunter, the combined pair cost less than $100 - about the price of getting one large-ish poster custom framed.
Choosing the right art for a sizable space isn't easy - but it can be done invest the the time to really plan out the thing you need. Think through the scale, type, color, framing and cost of what you would like. And get ideas from the internet and beyond - sites like Houzz can give you great ideas, as can home d?cor magazines, or even just shopping at home goods stores and discovering how they have their showrooms setup.
The main element is visualizing what you need before you own it and then patiently working toward discovering the right artwork at the right cost for your space. Don't dash things - Rome wasn't built-in a day, as well as your home will not be decorated per day. But when your home is fully decorated, it'll look fabulous!