Designing for Impact
The placement of portraits in relation to the room’s furnishings
is critical when their purpose is to create a dramatic decorative focal
point. Whether the artwork is the central component of a room concept or
an isolated accessory, all of the elements of design—color, style,
composition, and size—must work together to complete the decorative
Selecting A Style
The decorative intent of the room in which you plan to display
portraiture will set the design tone for the portrait and help in your
selection of clothing and setting.
Achieving Color Harmony
The portrait’s overall color theme should blend with or complement
the room’s color palette. Carefully chosen clothing and background
elements can add richness to the room’s color scheme.
An appropriately sized portrait is one that dominates the space in
which it is hung, but does not appear to crowd that space. When
planning an individual portrait or a collection of images to be hung
together, be sure to establish whether the space lends itself better to a
vertical or horizontal composition.
Choosing The Framing
Truly the “finishing touch” of portraiture, framing must be both
complementary to the image—so as not to distract the viewer’s attention
from the subject matter—and an appropriate accent for the room’s
Designing With Creativity
Today’s portrait photographers possess a wealth of artistic
techniques that range from softening edges and adding text to creating
photographic watercolors and color-tinted images. With each new
technique comes a new opportunity for decorative creativity.
Planning Your Artwork
Giving life to your personal artwork begins with a planning
session, during which you and the photographer or design consultant
explore your ideas and discuss creative possibilities.
When the finished work is on display in your home or office, you
will find that it serves as both a tasteful reflection of your
individualized decorating style and a tribute to the ones you love.
Displaying Portraiture In Your Home And Office
Families today are choosing to preserve their heritage and
commemorate their lifestyles in photographic portraits that serve as
decorative focal points in their homes and offices. When portraiture is a
primary design element, it makes the decor of any location you choose
more personalized and cheerful, or even more dramatic.
Exploring Creative Possibilities
Portraits present an endless array of decorative possibilities
that are as diverse as the individuals and families they reflect. They
are appropriate as focal points in both public and private rooms, so
display them where you, your family, and your guests can enjoy them
Choosing Subject Matter
Portrait images communicate how we feel about ourselves, our
world, and our loved ones. Their subject matter and settings are limited
only by imagination: children as they grow, family times or events,
artistic personal statements—all are appropriate subjects for decorative
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