Walls are the ideal place to hang photographs and artworks, making a home feel that extra special place with treasured memories and possessions there for all to see.
The rise of digital photography has opened up a huge amount of choice regarding what type of images will be right for various areas of the home, whether it is original photographs, limited edition prints or poster art.
Choosing the photographs
Before planning where everything will go it's important to decide what will be used and to limit the overall number of photographs. It's easy to want as much as possible, but better to be selective and display only the best examples that family and friends will enjoy.
There could be a mixture of color and black and white images and for special effects sepia tones can be very striking. Digital technology allows images to be sharpened or gently blurred to create a particular result, so an imaginative approach can make for an innovative collection of photographs.
Once the images are chosen and their location finalized, it is important to consider how they will be lit before they are finally hung. This is one aspect of displaying photographs that is often overlooked. Getting it right means that the displays will be eye-catching at different times of day and night.
Planning the light
There's not much point in hanging photographs on a wall that has poor light. Visitors like to see pictures as clearly as possible and will appreciate any work that has gone into displaying photos that make them easy to see.
The first step is to see where the natural light comes into a particular room. Depending on which way the windows face it is easy to determine where the best light comes in and how long it will last.
Natural light gives photographs a luminescence that artificial light cannot always mimic. There is nothing wrong with artificial light, however and after dark carefully placed lights will help illuminate the photographs.
Working with natural light
Natural light can bathe a room in its glow though it can bring problems if photographs are not sited correctly. As natural light changes through the day so will the way the photographs are illuminated. Bright sunlight will bring out the features in the image, but dimmer light will also highlight new features of the compositions that may not have been spotted before. Exploring these different aspects allows re-evaluation of what appears to be a photograph that doesn't change.
Photographs or oil paintings and watercolors that are in full sunlight all day will gradually fade, so the trick is to be able to monitor and alter the way natural light hits them.
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