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Using Photography as Home Decor

Anastasia Koutsogiannis December 21 2021

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Here’s a quick guide to help you learn how to include photography in your home.

As we’ve discussed in our previous articles, using art as decor is a wonderful way for art lovers to support artists and give their pieces the home they deserve. Although paintings can be a lovely asset to any home interior, it seems they’ve become the go-to choice. There are many other interesting mediums that you can explore when decorating your home. Try not to neglect them; you may be missing out on an opportunity to truly elevate your personal space in a unique way.

If you are an art enthusiast who normally favors paintings, photography may be a good place to start your exploration. In fact, the word “photography'' directly translates to “drawing/writing with light”. If you’re unsure about how to begin including photography in your living space, here are some tips that will hopefully get you started.

If you are an art enthusiast who normally favors paintings, photography may be a good place to start your exploration. In fact, the word “photography'' directly translates to “drawing/writing with light”. If you’re unsure about how to begin including photography in your living space, here are some tips that will hopefully get you started.

Use color to your advantage

Traditional design rules apply to photography just as they do any other medium. Try creating a cohesive color palette in your chosen room. For example, if your bedroom has blue accents, choose a photograph with the same. This will make the room feel put together and organized, rather than divided.

If you’re not interested in matching colors, create a smooth look using complementary colors. If your home exhibits a lot of warm tones (reds, oranges, yellows, etc.), balance this out with cool tone photography (blues, purples, greens, etc.). Perhaps your rooms are multicolored and bold with many focal points. You can always tone the walls down with black and white photography.

Express your interests

Photography is an easy way to add little touches of your personality and interests throughout your home. Why not cover your walls in things that you love? If you don’t consider yourself a “subtle” decorator, a photograph is a great way to deliver a vivid image.

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“Summer morning at the creek.” by Aditi Kashyap

For instance, if you love to travel, why not include a landscape photograph of your favorite city? Perhaps you love escaping to nature to reset; add prints of natural spaces, greenery, and anything else that gives you peace of mind. Before you know it, you’ll look around and discover rooms displaying everything that makes you happy.

Experiment with size

Use photography as an opportunity to be bold. Hanging up a large scale print that covers most of your living room wall, for example, can add a luxurious touch. Depending on the content of the image, you can completely alter the mood of a room. Framed or frameless, a big print will add dimension and interest to your space.

Include portraiture

If you really want to grab your guests’ attention, portraiture may be the way to go. An interesting face will create warmth and intimacy within the home. Portraiture doesn’t have to remain exclusive to art galleries; if your favorite photographer specializes in portraits, why not purchase one of them? Portrait photographers often travel to study humans, their behavior, and their stories. The right portrait will be a true treasure in your home.

Ask yourself, does the figure have an interesting story? How did the artist meet their subject? Perhaps this person is a stranger and didn’t even know they were being photographed. All of these questions hold meaningful answers.

Explore abstract photography

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“Process 4” by Shimon Finkelstein

Like any art medium, photography covers a wide range of styles and movements. If your art taste leans more towards abstraction, then go for it! Photographic prints tend to be thought of as hyper-realistic and straightforward. On the contrary; conceptual and abstract photographers challenge this idea. If you prefer this route, a mysterious and sophisticated look will surely be a great addition to your decor.

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wlande199925 replied 1 month, 1 week ago Love this!
Sam replied 1 month, 1 week ago So insightful! Thank you for this :)
mandarinaesc565 replied 1 month, 1 week ago Awesome article! Great job, Anastasia <3