3 Tips for Decorating with Photography

Your portrait experience at our studio begins with your design consultation where we talk about your personal style, clothing, location, lighting, prop selection, and color scheme.   We also talk about possible display ideas and how you plan to show off your session images in your home.  We tailor each client’s session to ensure your images will coordinate well with your home environment.  After your session at the viewing and ordering appointment, we can help clients arrange displays that are timeless and will bring plenty of smiles for years to come.  We know that custom portraiture is an investment and believe in offering finished pieces so you are able to immediately hang them in your home to enjoy.   When building your displays, there are several factors that should be considered.  Here are just 3 of them.  More to come!

Tip 1:  Artwork should match the size of your fireplace opening.

A popular spot for family photography is over the fireplace!  The fireplace and mantle are the focal point of the living room and what better way to showcase your family’s bond than there?  We must be careful though to not overwhelm the fireplace with an arrangement that is too large.  At the same time, if the display is too small, it will be off balance.  A great rule of thumb is to create a multi or single piece display that is about the same size as the fireplace opening.   In the image below, a large framed piece creates interest without competing with the beautiful fireplace.  If this family opted for a gallery wrapped canvas that does not come framed, they would need to go a bit larger.

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Tip 2:  Wall art should be approximately 75% of the width of the piece of furniture.

Remember – the goal is to create balance.  The image below showcase a 3 panel pano of coordinating images of this senior.  This is a relatively small couch but the wall is rather large.  Many people would mistakenly fill the wall with an oversized portrait.  At the same time, clients may mistakenly opt for a smaller sized print to hang alone on the wall all by it’s lonesome.  No one wants that for their loved one’s portrait!



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Tip 3:  Wall art should be hung at eye level.

The center point of the piece or grouping should be hung at eye level.  You will need to make adjustments per the room, however.  For instance, in the dining room your portraits will typically be lower than the hallway since the majority of the time will be spent seated while viewing.


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Captures by Erin is a full service boutique studio specializing in creating wall art for your home.  We offer gallery wrapped canvas and custom framed portrait wall art that is ready to hang and that you can immediately enjoy upon delivery or pick up.  Call us for advice on arranging your wall art and incorporating pieces with already existing items.  We love helping you decorate!

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