Linda Smith of Blulens Design and Photography, has a critical eye for art and photography in a design space. Knowing her talent for many years now, my family thinks of her as our own personal paparazzi. With her professional family photos every year, you can imagine we have a multitude of good photos around the house. I am always aware of photography when I walk into a client’s home. It adds a personal element and tells a lot about what clients enjoy, what they hold dear, where they have been in the world. Sometimes, not so great photos make it into a space, and sometimes, really dated photos hang around way longer than necessary. With the digital age, it is harder to take the extra step and get the special ones printed for viewing.
Photos need to mix well with artwork, and color always has to be considered. All black and whites? Interesting frames? Interesting mat colors or shapes? Hanging a photo gallery is no easy task and it’s always better to consult an expert. Don’t try to hang art on a staircase by yourself, the angle, slope, and “weight” of the art, including the projection of the framing is all important to consider. There has not been a time when we have consulted on “picture-hangering” and a client has not said that is the best hour or two of well-spent money. The right height, spacing, etc is all very important when hanging art. Negative space is as important as the actual pieces themselves. Hanging or rearranging the art you have is a quick, inexpensive make-over to any space. And here’s a tip, I’m not even that particular about the frames. Mixing up different frames can have a nice eclectic effect in the design.
As I look around my own house of photos there are easy fixes: Remember sometimes less is more, and too many is just too many. Pick your favorites, in either black and white or color, and rotate them in their frames. Place all the frames in a grouping, thus making for a big impact in one location. Another idea is to arrange them within bookshelves mixed with other objects. If you have a lot to display, go big and dominate an entire wall in the same framing. A commonality needs to pull the pieces together, either in color, shape, theme, design, or size.
An important fact, try and update framed photos (especially of children) every two years. Yes you want cute baby pictures, but kids change so fast. Yes, a professional photographer is great, but don’t hesitate to mix in candids, landscapes, travel related pics or just interesting snaps. With all the photography apps and filters these days, any photo can look fabulous.
Linda has some more important advice when it comes to hanging art and photography:
Art does not need to “match” the room. Use art with perspective to offer depth to a room, especially in a small space. Rotate art and photographs often. This gives the space visual interest and can make you feel a feeling of freshness. Hang art in unexpected places, under an open legged table, inside a closet or cabinet and don’t forget the bathroom, Hang low or propped on a long console, lean inside bookshelves, or hang right over top a stack of books. Fill small spaces – go floor to ceiling, use either very similar pieces or extremely different. Be thoughtful about mat color and frame, these shouldn’t overwhelm the actual piece or photo.
Being thoughtful with how your photos and art are arranged can really jazz up a space and give it character and personality. You will be picture perfect in no time.
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Linda’s Blulens Design is posting thirty days of original blue photography on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Photos are tagged with the following…#blulensphotography #blueforautism, #30daysofblue, #thecolorthatchangedtheworld, #takingflight, #autismawarenessmonth. Check our her amazing photos!
For more inspirational thoughts on the color blue, check out my post…”Blue-Who…Fighting the Birthday Blues”
Opening image by Emily Henderson