The use of lines in art and design is well established within the principles and elements of basic design.
Incorporating the use of lines in the artwork you select for your home adds impact to the overall design of a room. Sometimes the impact is bold and obvious. Other times it can be subtle and create a suggestion of added height or expanse. For example, in a small room you can add a perception of height to that space by using vertical lines. Instead of choosing one large horizontal photograph to hang over your couch consider adding three vertical images. If you choose images such as those of Eucalyptus trees shown here where the photos also contain vertical lines you are re-enforcing that impact.
It is a small choice in your room design considerations. But it can add a feeling of balance and impact.
I know the majority of you do not live in an active earthquake zone. But when I woke up to things shaking earlier this week I knew what I wanted to share with you. Whether or not you live in an earthquake zone, hanging your pictures and artwork safely is important.
There are wall hangers available just for this idea of hanging with safety. One way is to use picture hooks that close. If you are using an open hook then screw it into the stud so that there is just enough room to slide the framing wire between the wall and the hook. The various types of hooks are all available in local hardware stores.
No matter where you live you should always use a stud when hanging anything on your wall Not only is it stable, but it can prevent damage to your wall. If your picture or mirror is rather large or heavy it is recommended that you use two studs and two picture hangers. No on wants to have a heavy object fall off their walls, no matter the cause.
Finally secure the bottom corners with an earthquake putty or Quake-Hold. This will prevent the picture or mirror from banging against the wall and glass breaking.
That's all there is too it. Your home should be beautiful. But it should also be safe.
Everyone wants their home to be beautiful. To be an intimate reflection of their personality. Being surrounded by things that make you feel good is a large part of what makes your house of apartment your home.
When you are looking for that piece of art work please remember that you are buying this for you. Don't buy a picture because your friend likes it or to impress someone else. Buy what you like. If it truly moves you and you keep coming back to it, then this is the piece for you.
Know your budget. If you are going to invest in something that should bring you pleasure when you look at it, then don't go into debt buy it. If you find something that is way out of your price range, but is calling out to you, then reach out to the artist. See what else they have available. Chances are if you like their work that they will have other pieces that will fit into your budget and that you will like. If you are buying wall art it is good to consider where you will be hanging it. You might not need to buy the largest size available. Smaller sizes are worth looking at if that is what you can comfortably buy.
These days the internet is filled with artwork. But I would recommend visiting some local art fairs or galleries if possible. The benefit to this is that they are local, so you are supporting your community when you buy from them. At art fairs you have the opportunity to get to know the artist and to see the piece in real life. Talk to the artist and learn the story behind the piece. Knowing the story gives an added value to your piece of artwork. Getting to know the artist builds a relationship for future purchases. Chances are the artist is also selling online so you can buy from them long after the art fair is over or the gallery showing has closed.
If you are buying art online don't hesitate to contact the artist through their website. Ask them questions. Understand their return policy should you not be happy when your piece arrives. You can still build a relationship through online contact. The artist will appreciate knowing who loves their work enough to buy it.
If you are buying pictures you can generally buy them as prints, matted, or matted and framed. Buying the piece matted gives you the opportunity to buy a frame that compliments your decor. However, if you know that it will be a long time before you go frame shopping, buy it framed. Then you can hang it immediately and your picture won't just sit in a corner somewhere. You can always replace the frame when the mood strikes you.
No matter the size of investment you will be making as you venture forth to fill your home with art, do so without fear. Enjoy the process of finding what you love. Enjoy meeting or building some kind of relationship with the artist if possible. Armed with the knowledge here the process should be easier regardless of your knowledge of art. Start surrounding yourself with beauty.
There comes a time in the life of a rooms decor that we grow tired of it. It no longer feels welcoming when we come home. It is just there. But you might not want to spend a large sum of money to redecorate, but you have to do something. If that is your dilemma then these five tips might be just the thing for you.
1. Replace your lampshades. Lampshades come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Replacing the ones you have with something new and different can make a big impact on a room.
2. Switch out the photos on your walls. If you have a collage of photos try changing just one or two. Add something colorful to the mix. Or just put one new larger photo over the couch. One picture change can create a vibrant new look and feel to a room.
3. Bring in some new throw pillows. Whether you choose a vibrant color or something softer throw pillows can tie revitalize and tie a look together. Introduce some new color, patterns or textures to make a small but dramatic change to a room.
4. Don't forget about throw blankets. Besides being something warm and cozy to cuddle under, they also can add new color and texture.
5. Something small that still makes a statement is to change your light switch plates. They come in so many fun and classy colors and designs today. Choosing just one style might be difficult. If so, try mixing them up. You can even get plain wooden one to paint yourself.
Whatever you choose to do, making small changes in a room can really give it a fresh new look.
These are just a few things I have done over the years. What have you done to refresh your home in between major redesigns? Sound off in the comments.
Pantone has chosen the blending of Rose Quartz (13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919) as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2016.
According to Pantone these colors are a representation of what consumers are seeking in their lives, mindfulness and well-being. When joined together these colors show a natural balance between the warmer rose tone and the cooler tones of the blue. They bring a sense of connection, wellness and a sense of peace.
From a chromotherapy view point the lighter shade of pink that is Rose Quartz promotes relaxation and an acceptance of where you are in life. The soft shade of blue that is Serenity encourages an effective flow of peace and understanding.
Personally I am not a big fan of pink or blue. However, when I see these two colors together I feel an overwhelming sense of calmness. Maybe I will add a little Rose Quartz to my wardrobe this year. But probably not any blue, but that's just me being me.
I will be watching to see how these colors will impact design trends this year. I will also be experimenting to see how I can bring these two colors into my photography. After all, when two colors can bring about such strong feelings of wellness and peace. finding ways to incorporate them into our lives is not a bad thing. Will you be adding a touch of these colors to your home this year?
Yellow - just thinking about it gives me a little boost. Using a splash of yellow in your home decor during the dark short days of winter can help to boost your mood.
Color really can be called the food of our emotions. It can reflect our thoughts and moods without us being aware of it.
Yellow is the color of joyful sunshine. It just says happiness and warmth. There is a reason happy people are said to have a sunny disposition. Sun=yellow=happiness. That's an equation we can all embrace when we decorate our homes.
Too much yellow though is not a good thing. Studies have shown that in a yellow interior people are more likely to lose their tempers. So painting a room a bright yellow on all four walls might be just a little too much yellow.
Using accents of yellow in cool colored rooms will give them a splash of warmth or happiness. Think of photos on the walls, pillows on the couch or a piece of pottery to bring the joy of yellow to a beautifully decorated room.
Today is going to be about the yellow Daisies that were in the bouquet we had lunch with at the beginning of the week. What I really liked about these were the fun petals that haven't opened all the way. Things like this make it more than just a flower. It becomes a flower with personality.
One of the flowers also had a fun curled petal in the center. Yet another quirk of floral personality. I really wanted to make this curled petal a focus so I chose to do a macro photograph of this one. I like the very narrow focus on this image that is all about the curled petal. When I am out buying flowers I tried to look for flowers that aren't quite perfect. The blossoms with the imperfect petals or curved stems that give them something more than just being an ordinary flower.
This week we had lunch with my flowers and walked through taking the different photos. Looking at how I look at the flowers as I approach the photo shoot. The flowers are still looking nice in the vase so I will hopefully get a few more photos before they wilt down. It's been a fun blog week. I wonder what next week will bring.
After getting to know the flowers over lunch, I decided to start with the Hydrangea. Cut Hydrangeas don't always last as long as other cut flowers and I don't know how long ago these were cut. It's also been several years since I photographed Hydrangeas so I am excited by these. I'll probably photograph the White Daisies next. Simply because they are calling out to me.
The light coming in the window was partly cloudy on this morning. Perfect lighting to do a more high-key white-on-white type of photo. So I gathered my white backgrounds, white cloths and a vase I planned on using. Everything is set up by my window and the great soft light coming through. I also use a tripod and a remote release along with my Canon camera.
When I am shooting the photographs I put them into several positions. I check the light, how they look in that position and how the light hits them. I was drawn to do three different images. Even though each of these images will stand on its own as lovely image in a home decor setting, they are also images that will support each other when used in a grouping of three.
By the time I finally got these three images done the sun was moving and the light coming in the window was changing and becoming stronger than what I wanted. I was able to get in one more photograph of the White Daisies before calling it a day. Be sure and come back to see what I do with the yellow Daisies and hopefully a couple more shots of the white ones
Remember you can click on any of these images to see a larger image, which is always preferred to see the detail. You will also see the sizes that are available for purchase.
I photograph a lot of flowers. Sounds simple enough. See a flower take a picture. Over and done for the day.
There is actually a lot more to it than that. So today we're going to have lunch with my flowers and see how I approach this. First, you will need some lunch. Quick to the kitchen and I will meet you back here in five.
When I bring flowers home I first cut off a couple inches of stem and put them into a vase with water. I don't arrange them to be a centerpiece. I want to just view them as they are. I generally wait a day to photograph them so they have some time to refresh and look their best.
While I eat lunch I study the flowers. I turn the vase, move it into the sunlight, turn the individual flowers so I can see all sides. I take note of how the stems curve and bend. Are there any quirky or oddly shaped petals? Are there any buds that might be opening soon? These are all things I am looking for and making mental notes about. When we look at that bouquets of flowers in the picture above they don't look like much. Basically they're daisies and one hydrangea thrown into the mix. But I have never shot daisies before so I am excited to see what can be done here. Plus there is some foliage in this bouquet that I like. It has possibilities, too.
Now that I've looked at the flowers and studied their uniqueness I will spend the rest of the day thinking about how I will photograph each one. Since I am currently using only natural light I will also consider the weather for the next day (no, it is not always sunny in LA), and plan the time of day.
Flowers are like people to me. Each is different with a personality to go with it. I can move them, position them, but unlike people, they don't talk back. Of course they don't always cooperate and bend the way I want. We all have our problems I guess.
Well, lunch is over. Tomorrow I will start photographing these beauties. Be sure and come back as over this week I will show you the photographic results of this lunch.
Thank you for joining me I enjoyed your company. You can leave the dishes, I will do them.
"Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden inside you?"
"The hunt to uncover those jewels - that's creative living."
I just finished reading the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I wanted to take the time to give my review of the book in hopes you will find it useful if you are thinking about reading it.
According to Liz fear is the biggest reason we don't uncover our hidden jewels. I can totally relate to that concept. As most of us know, the list of fears that holds us back is almost endless. Liz assures us that we need our fear "for obvious reasons of basic survival." But we don't need our fears for creative expression.
Her beliefs on how ideas work are, according to her, based on magically thinking. Personally I think she might be on to something. For example, did you ever have a great idea that you didn't act on immediately? And then shortly thereafter you hear about someone that took that idea and developed it into what it was meant to be? We probably all have. Which is why I think she could be right. Ideas have a will to be and they will go with whomever they find that brings them into being.
Big Magic celebrates living a creative life. Whatever that thing might be that brings us out of ourselves. That thing that opens up to experience wonder and amazement. For me that thing is photography. I also take creative flight in crocheting. One of my goals for 2016 is to live more creatively and do something, anything creative every single day. My version of busting out of the fear.
I thoroughly enjoyed Big Magic. Liz Gilbert has a way of writing that is light and easy, almost as if she was engaging you in a conversation. For me this book will be a resource to "living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than fear."
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.