Photo Tip #5

By · March 15, 2009

Displaying art work and photographs

Scale is very important in any design. Many people select artwork that is too small for the area it is displayed in. A general and easy way to find a good proportion is to fill 50% or more of the space with the art. Lets say you have a six foot wide wall space. A piece of art or a grouping of pieces should fill at least three feet wide.

Hang your art at the proper height. A guide I like to use is to hang the art at the level it will generally be viewed at. If you spend the most time seated in the living room, the art should be at that eye level of view. In a foyer you will probably be standing so have it at standing level. If you are short or tall you may have to compromise!

Consider a grouping of images to tell the story. To make it interesting, but not busy, choose a theme. All black and white images or images taken at the same location that work together as one unit.

Continue a theme for the framing as well. Use the same finish, say all pewter, frames but in different profiles or shapes. Or use the same profile of frame but in different size mouldings on different size images.

Need help? Call us for all your framing needs. We can do a home consultation to evaluate your space and plan your next portrait session.

Barb Gordon, M.Photog.,CR, CPP, is a nationally published and award winning photographer, entrepreneur, speaker, and author. She has been locally honored by YWCA Tribute to Women of Achievement 2001 and Advanced Entrepreneur of the Year 2003. Barb owns Gordon Photography & Gallery in Marion, Iowa specializing in customized portrait art. Learn more at www.GordonPhotography.Biz

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