Black and White or Color
Choosing the Right Options for Your Gallery
Black and white? Or color? This may be one of the toughest decisions to make when putting together a stylized gallery collection in your home. It all comes down to personal preference, but I have a few helpful hints to try when choosing how to display your photographs on the wall.
Take a step back and carefully look at the wall space you are trying to fill. When you close your eyes, how do you envision the space looking when you are done? Do you plan to use just framed photos, or are you going to hang other important pieces as well? You want to make sure that when you are finished the space doesn’t look too cluttered…or too bare! I recommend buying a roll of blue painters tape and blocking off the areas you want to use. When you look at that picture in your mind’s eye, try to replicate it on the wall with the tape so that you can get a good idea of the size and scope of the frames and prints you need to purchase.
Now that you have an idea of what your wall will look like, measure the tape frames and decide on sizes that will closely match. By doing this, you will avoid buying the wrong size and potentially putting a bunch of nails holes in the wall!
I always recommend matting your photos inside the frames for a more substantial and professional feel. Now you know can order the correct size prints for your frames! The bonus to this method is that you will know exactly where to place the nails on the wall BEFORE you try to hang the frames. This can help avoid much frustration in the process of completing the look.
Now here comes the tough decision…..
Color or Black and White?
The answer to this question is truly a personal one. I tend to prefer a mixture of color portraits with black and white, but that will not work for every person or every room. Look at the other items in the room and think about how you would like the wall display to compliment the space. If your living room is full of bright colors, bright images and bold frames will draw the eye upwards. On the other hand, if the room is very neutral, colorful photos will become the focal point of the room. The reverse is true as well, black and white photos in a colorful room will become a focal point, whereas in a neutral toned room the monochromatic feel will compliment the decor.
If it helps, choose one main image that is your favorite, look at it in both color and black and white, decide which style you like better, and start from there. In the picture above, you can see that the black and white version is very dramatic, while the color version is cheerful and vibrant. I would make my choice of which to print based on how I want the room to feel.
If you get stuck at one step, or you are still not sure how to get started, you can always consult with your Personal Photographer at La Vie Est Belle Photography for assistance. We are happy to help you bring your vision to life and display your portraits in a way that will compliment your style and your space.