You’ve completed your family portrait session and now it’s time to choose your products with the help of your photographer. You know you’d like to display images on your walls for others to see and for you to cherish. Choosing wall art for your home can seem very overwhelming when presented with so many great images. Do you go for prints or canvases? Acrylic prints or traditional framed images? And, what size do you choose for your wall art?
Here are the top three things to consider when choosing images that will decorate the walls of your home.
1. Look for bare walls in your home.
Seems simple, right? But there are a few things that go with this first step. Look for a bare wall that is in a location that is frequently seen. While you may very well want an image in that obscure corner of the house that people rarely see, you may want to cover the areas that are seen and lived in more often first. Perhaps a front entry way or open dining room space? Above your mantle in your family room? That large space above your bed that you never know what to do with?
2. How large (or small) are the bare walls you’re considering?
Do you have enough space for one large item or a gallery cluster of several smaller images. Is it a smaller wall, but you’re wanting a statement piece? Something that will catch your attention from anywhere you stand? Or, is it a wide open space that you know you’ll want one large image of your whole family to reside?
3. Choose the size based on the finished product.
Let’s say you found the perfect wall and you have decided you want a framed image. Great! Now, the wall you’ve pictured seems right for a 20×30 image. You order, you can’t wait for your statement piece to arrive because you have the perfect frame for it. You add a 2 inch mat and have the frame professionally made only to find that this amazing piece is now WAY too big for the wall you were going to put it on. When choosing your image size and the wall, you need to know what your final product size will be. That 20×30 would be perfect in that space as a canvas, with no frame, for example.
4. Choose the size that is realistic for the space.
Finally, we are so used to choosing 11×14’s or 8×10’s and feeling like they are large, when in reality they will make your space look very odd and unfinished.
Below is a stock image example that I filled with a recent family session of mine. Look at the wall space and the different image size options above the couch.. Which looks best for the space?
Of course, your photographer should be able to guide you through this whole process. Don’t hesitate to ask him/her for help when choosing the best option for your wall art.
Have fun printing your images and getting them where people can see and enjoy them!