• How to use photos in your home

    One of the essential items for making a house a home is having keep sakes on show like photos of family and friends. 

    Here are some of our top tips for using photos in your home. They include: 

    • Pick a theme – having a consistency will make your room feel harmonious.
    • Choose the right size – in a small room, a few large pictures can make a room feel larger while lots of small pictures can make a space feel ‘busy’ and crowded. Think about balancing images with the size of your furniture to ensure pictures aren’t overwhelmed.
    • Balance colour - if the photos you wish to display have a reduced colour palette, you could offset them with a contrasting wall colour. However with colourful photos, a more neutral background can make your images the stars of the show. Frames can also help separate and differentiate your pictures from the wall colour.
    • Go monochrome – for a toned down, stylish look consider converting colour images in to black and white prints. Monochrome photos are a great way of injecting a designer feel into any room.
    • Make connections – create a real atmosphere by choosing a colour or material found in your image (or its frame) and mirror it in furnishings and accessories throughout the room.  If you're keen on incorporating existing furnishings into your new scheme, a carefully chosen frame can be used to harmonise your new picture with other much loved possessions.
    • Consider the light – depending on what your image is printed on you may need to consider reflections from bright lights or windows, or you may want to further draw attention to your photo with careful accent lighting.
    • Height – pictures at eye level will get noticed first, but what constitutes ‘eye level’ depends on if pictures will mostly be viewed standing up (such as in a kitchen) or sitting down (for example, in the living room).
    • Multiple pictures – the pictures near a middle of a group will usually be noticed first, so be sure to position your best pictures accordingly. To make sure you get the best arrangement, it's worth laying out your pictures on the floor first to get a feel of how they'll work together.
    • Longevity - if you’re designing a room around a photo you love, make sure the print is of decent quality or it will fade with time. This is particularly true of prints that will be exposed to direct sunlight.