The Art of Choosing Photography That Elevates Your Home

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The Art of Choosing Photography That Elevates Your Home

Choosing the perfect photograph for your home or office doesn’t need to be complicated, especially when you focus on choosing wall art. It’s all about what catches your eye and complements your space. There’s no need to overcomplicate things! The key is to follow your personal taste and the vibe of your home. So, relax and enjoy the process as you browse through some handy tips on selecting artwork that feels just right for you.

Assess Your Space:

Before you begin, take a moment to consider the layout and existing furnishings of the room where you intend to display your artwork. What emotions do you want to evoke in this space? Selecting artwork that complements the room’s shape is crucial. For instance, a tall, narrow print might be perfect for rooms with high ceilings, while a square piece could better suit compact spaces.

Framed sunrise photo of Yosemite National Park hanging on the dining room wall

If you have a big room or tall ceilings you will need big wall art to balance the room so the print doesn’t feel insignificant. Don’t be afraid to go big. Conversely, in a smaller room, a large print might overwhelm the space. These guidelines will help you find the right size wall art for your home.

  • A good rule of thumb is for your artwork to cover 50% to 75% of the wall. balancing impact with proportionality.
  • When placing art above furniture, aim to hang it 15 to 30 cm (6 to 12 inches) above the item, ensuring it aligns with about two-thirds the width of the furniture below. This placement helps achieve a balanced look without making the setup feel top-heavy.
  • If you’re feeling a bit unsure about how that art piece will translate from your imagination to your wall, cut some craft paper to the size of your artwork and tape it up where you plan to hang the piece. It’s a fun, no-risk way to see your vision come to life before making it permanent!

Match The Interior Design Style:

Ideally, your artwork should reflect the overall style of your room. Whether your home is modern, rustic-chic, or contemporary, choosing wall art that harmonizes with your decor creates a cohesive and refined atmosphere. For example, I design my underwater photography to be vibrant and colorful, aiming to infuse energy into any room. It works particularly well in monochrome rooms with tame, quiet designs, where it can stand out as a bold, colorful piece of art. While landscape prints may better suit a rustic environment with warmer tones. If your home is modern and sleek a black and white image might look great on your wall. In a traditional style home, each room can have its own distinct theme. For open-concept homes, ensure the wall art you select looks great from all angles, given that the entire layout is on display.

Framed photo of the Daintree Rainforest on a bedroom wall

If you stumble upon a stunning piece of wall art for a yet-to-be-decorated room, embrace it! Allow that artwork to guide your decor choices for the space. Conversely, if you have already styled your room and just need that final touch, take a moment to analyze the color scheme. Identify a few dominant colors in the room and choose artwork that either complements or thoughtfully contrasts with those hues.

Choosing Your Layout:

Decide whether you want a single large hero piece or a collection of smaller items. If your wall art is going to be your focal point, it needs to have a wow factor! A large, vibrant piece, such as my underwater photographs printed on metal or acrylic, can serve as a stunning focal point.

Alternatively, creating a gallery wall with multiple pieces allows for a more personalized touch. You can organize gallery walls linearly or randomly; creating a gallery wall is not an exact science. It can be in any style that suits your personality. Start with the largest piece and mix different sizes and orientations to maintain balance and interest. Consider incorporating shelves with decorative items like jars or vases to add depth to your gallery wall.

Framing & Final Touches:

After selecting your wall art, choose a frame that complements the style of the print. A simple black or white frame suits a minimalist look, while an oak or ash frame can enhance a beachy, rustic vibe.

Indonesian rainforest photographic wall art hanging on a baby room wall

Installation & Care:

Installing and caring for your new photographic prints is crucial for maximizing their impact and preserving their beauty. Head to my FAQs page for more information about hanging your art on the wall. To ensure the longevity of your prints, regular cleaning is key.

For instance, you can safely clean our acrylic and metal prints using isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth. To clean your canvas prints, use a warm, damp cloth with a drop of detergent. We recommend regular dusting for all types of prints to keep them looking fresh.

Why Choose Angelina Pilarinos Photography:

Choosing wall art from Angelina Pilarinos Photography goes beyond mere decoration. It supports original art and connects with passionate stories. Purchasing from an artist like Angelina Pilarinos fosters authentic creativity. You receive art with unique significance and quality. Explore my diverse collections and see the impact of your support on artistic careers. Your choice helps ensure the creation of unique pieces. Each print you select not only enhances your space but also helps sustain the vibrant community of original artists.

Sunrise at pebbly beach photographic metal print hanging above the fireplace


I take immense pride in the exceptional quality of my prints, crafted with premium materials and advanced printing techniques for rich colors and sharp details. Each piece is crafted with the utmost care to ensure longevity and durability. I take pride in the images I feature on this website, each one has a story to tell, and I hope that you can find a photograph that speaks to you.  My art is unique and I strive to create art that is both beautiful and meaningful.

Conclusion:

Remember, the key to choosing great wall art is ensuring you love it and it enhances your space. Don’t be afraid to deviate from conventional rules to create a space that feels uniquely yours. With these tips, you’re on track to choose artwork that not only looks great but also enhances the atmosphere of your home or office.

Sunset at Cable Beach metal print hanging above the couch

Now that you have this knowledge, visit my shop to browse through a collection of photographs that can elevate your space. Whether you’re looking for something bold or subtle, there’s something to match every taste and style!

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