There are lots of ways to redecorate your home on a budget (or start to decorate your home on a budget). One of the best and most cost effective ways to do this is with photography–your own or the photos taken by your friends and family, because those photos are almost always free!
Here are just a few of the ways that you can display and decorate your home with photography.
The Picture Wall: Collage Style
The collage style picture wall is what most people think of when they think of picture walls: a group of framed photos arranged artistically on a single wall. Sometimes those photos line up to make a larger image. Other times they are all part of a larger theme. Maybe the photos all have the same color scheme or feature a shared item or person (or group of people, like the family picture wall we all grew up with). Some people simply choose a collection of photos they like for personal reasons and use those. There are lots of options when it comes to creating a collage styled photo wall. Shelterness has huge list of different things that people have done.
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The Picture Wall: Mural Style
You’ve seen those decals and prints that take up entire walls, right? Why not do the same thing with a photo or two. Sure, it will take some cash to have your photo printed at that scale but, thanks to the megapixels most cameras allow these days, you shouldn’t have to worry about losing image depth or resolution in the print. You can use any photo you like but the ones that work best are nature scenes–beaches, tree lined walks, etc–and night light scapes of cities. The great thing about this technique is that it works well for both color and black and white images.
These days you can have your photographs printed onto almost anything. You can have photos printed onto pillows and blankets and even, as highlighted in Sunset magazine, shower curtains! There are a couple of ways to do this: you can have a shower curtain printed up with one (or more) of your photos–which is usually expensive. Alternatively, why not buy one of those clear shower curtains with the pockets and then put prints of your photos in those pockets? A clear pocketed shower curtain only costs around $25 and if you have a good printer, you can make photo prints for a couple dollars worth of toner, ink and paper. The best part of this plan is that it allows you to redecorate for just a few dollars whenever you want: just print out new photos!
Class Up the Place!
While the collage (or mosaic) photo wall is fun, it’s also fun to take just one or two larger prints and display them on your walls. It creates a sort of museum effect which adds a great touch of class to any space. If you really want to get into the gallery or museum motif, install high end picture lights above each of the photos you’ve hung up. Another great idea is installing colored bulbs into these lights to create ambient lighting effects in your living space.
For most of this post we’ve talked about the “big” things you can do to decorate with photographs. There are “small” ways too! Decorating, remember, isn’t just about making large impressions. It is also about the little touches that help to bring together a room. So why not put your photos on some of those smaller things? Use photo cubes as bookends. Create photo based thumbtacks and magnets. Print your photos onto thin paper and then decoupage them onto other decorative things like vases and sculptures.
There are so many ways that you can use photography as your primary decorating mechanism. Have fun with it! The photos–especially if you are using your own–are free; what have you got to lose?