Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Decorating Spaces With Photographs


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Decorating Spaces With Photographs

In most interiors art photographs are brought in as the finishing touch.

It’s one of the elements that can instantly warm up a space and make it feel like home.

Photographs can expand a space both visually and emotionally, give us a window to the world, bring interest and color to the wall spaces, and generally liven up the place.

Here’s concise hints how to arrange photographs in a room.

In general, photographs should be hung so that the center point of the photograph or grouping is at about eye level for the average person. While this won’t be possible in every situation,

it’s a good guideline to keep in mind.

Size and Grouping

* Relate photograph to wall size. Choose smaller pictures for narrow walls and larger works for big wall spaces.

* Relate photograph to furniture size. When hanging a framed photograph over a piece of furniture it should not be longer than the width of the furniture.

* Don’t hang the photographs too close to each other or you will end up with a cluttered look. Don’t hang them too far apart or you’ll lose that unified look.

* Proper use of line can set the mood in a room:

– Strong horizontal lines in photograph, or in the way it is hung, tend to be calming and can give the illusion of width in a narrow room.

– Strong vertical lines in a photograph or in the arrangement on the wall add to the feeling of height in a room.

– Strong diagonal lines either within a photograph itself or in a line of photographs arranged on the wall add drama and excitement.

* Use symmetrical or asymmetrical arrangements of photographs to create either a formal or a casual feeling. Symmetry adds balance and formality to an arrangement and is generally pleasing and calming to the observer.

* A grouping of photographs should be thought of as one unit.

* One large photograph makes a statement and keeps things simple.

* A number of photographs framed in one mat and frame will have more impact.


* Support your room theme with photographs, repeating the colors, motifs, and style of the room’s interior.

* Landscape photographs visually open up a smaller space. The view of a distant horizon acts as a sort of window.


* Vibrant colors bring excitement to a room, neutral colors are more calming.

* Photographs will have greater impact if matted in a contrasting color to the wall. Choose a dark mat for a light wall and a light mat for a dark wall.


* Choose frame colors and styles that match the style of your home.

* To harmonize a set of photographs, mat and frame them alike.


* Illuminate photographs well. It can be lost unless well lit.

* Depending on a given place, one can use a picture light, track lighting or recessed lighting.


* Hang photographs securely. Rate picture hooks for the weight of the framed photograph.

Care of Photographs

* Never hang photograph in direct sunlight: it can fade.

* Never hang photograph above a working fireplace.

* Never hang photograph on an exterior wall without adequate insulation: it can dampen.

* Maintain a constant room temperature and humidity.

* Mat boards and adhesives must be acid-free, otherwise yellowing will occur.

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Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Proverbs 29:18

The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.
Psalm 24:1-2

He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
Psalm 104:10-13

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 6:26

How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number living things both large and small.
Psalm 104:24-25

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.
Ansel Adams

When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in B&W, you photograph their souls!
Ted Grant

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.
Dorothea Lange

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Ansel Adams

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.
Henri Cartier-Bresson

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
Ansel Adams

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.
Matt Hardy

Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment.
Elliott Erwitt

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.
Imogen Cunningham

You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper.
William Albert Allard

If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.
Garry Winogrand

I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
Ansel Adams

It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get.
Timothy Allen

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