Choosing images to print for your wall can be HARD! From deciding which image to print to what medium to print it on, there are so many decisions to be made. And who wants to spend their hard-earned money on something that doesn’t look right in your home?!
Most people know they want to print their images to display. That’s why they’ve hired me, so they can have beautiful pictures to hang up. But when they print their picture and put it in the 11″x14″ frame that felt so big in their hands at the store and hang it on their wall, it looks so . . . not right.
Unless an image is going in a gallery wall or collage, I recommend printing it larger than most people print on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb for hanging a single image on any wall is to make it a 16″x20″ or larger. If you hold an image that size in your hands it’s going to feel enormous, I know! But, put that same image over a couch all alone and it will feel very tiny!
The image above is the perfect example of an image that will look amazing printed large as a centerpiece for your wall. The family in the photograph is the focal point, but it’s also not the only thing that’s interesting. There’s some fall foliage and even a barn in the background. However, the biggest (no pun intended) reason that this would look so good large on a wall is that the family would not be larger-than-life.
I made the “mistake” once of ordering a large canvas of my daughter. I love the image of her, but it is a head and shoulders shot up close – and in real life she’s not nearly as large as she is in on that canvas. Granted, I still have it hanging (see the picture above on the bottom right) because I do love that image of her so much I can’t bring myself to take it down. However, in retrospect, I should have gone a bit smaller or picked a different image altogether (and I do have it printed smaller in her bedroom and it looks stunning).
If you prefer a collage of images on your walls, creating a gallery wall is fun and you really can choose any of those images that you love the most. But, for me, I always choose the close-up images like these in the picture from my home below – it really showcases everyone and their personalities and leaves little room for distraction from the main subject.
There are so many print mediums out there: canvas, traditional photographic prints, and fine art prints to name a few. Not to mention all the other options out there these days – from wood to acrylic or steel. If it’s a hard surface, likely you can put a picture on it. I offer the first three as options (as well as frames) because they’re so timeless. The fine art print is “new” on the market but will last 200 years and although it has a distinct look from a traditional photographic print, it’s still a traditional looking option in a frame. But don’t be fooled into thinking it won’t look amazing on your wall – I’ve never seen a fine art print I didn’t love.
The main goal of the family in the images below was to have a beautiful print of their family for their walls before the oldest graduates high school. They want to remember what life is like right now – before it feels like something new. I’ll walk with them through choosing the right image and how to print it to look the best in their home. Which would you choose?
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