Despite the hundreds of years of evolution interior design has undergone which has seen countless incarnations of the British home come and go, one aspect has remained untouched and unchanged throughout- the framed picture. The classic set up of a beautiful scene surrounded by beautiful border has forever been and shall always remain the nations’ favourite form of decoration. The painted picture had always been an automatic choice for every home, however with the birth of first the printing press then much later the camera, pictures became infinitely more accessible and the popularity of wall art grew further still. Now we have entered the digital age art and photography is so quick and easy to reproduce that the vast amounts on sale means we are limited only by our own imagination when deciding what to hang on our walls. Let us take a look at some of the best ways of using photographs at home.
It may not be a new theme but portraits of loved ones still make for the best photographic decoration at home. They add real warmth and a personal touch to any scheme, from modern to traditional. You can pay a professional photographer to take some beautiful snaps of you and your family- it tends to end up a fun day out, or you simply choose some of your favourite holiday snaps. Pictures that remind you of magical times with your family can’t be beaten and with computer packages like Photoshop widely available you can touch up any embarrassing red eyes or blemishes to create a finished result almost as good as might get from a professional.
Scenic photographs are an amazing way to not only add colour and excitement to a room but also to transport us to anywhere we want to go. However with the help of modern technology, we are no longer restricted by the frames’ edge. There are now various specialist companies online who can transform any photograph into rolled up wallpaper, ready to be pasted. The power of modern cameras means we can now blow up scenes from the Rio carnival or of the New York skyline to the size of whole walls without losing the sharpness of the original shot. The effect of this is to lift us up out of the humdrum of our normal lives and transport us to the other side of the world, you really feel as though you are there when standing in front of a full wall spread. The meditative qualities of the rainforest scenes are especially powerful and uplifting- perfect for a quiet room or meditation area when coupled with natural fibred soft furnishings like curtains and settee covers.
Can’t decide what picture to choose? The latest invention in photo display- the electronic picture frame will make tough decisions a thing of the past. These little strokes of genius connect to your computer like a USB or memory stick and allow you to upload a selection of your favourite pictures onto the framed screen which you can then hang or position on a bedside table or mantle piece. The screen displays each picture for a predetermined amount of time before moving onto the next shot. Effectively it is a photo album that requires no page turning and is definitely something that promises exciting future developments.