Guest Author - Peggy Farren
There is nothing better than photography to decorate your home. Family portraits, landscapes or other artwork you've created with your photography personalizes your decor better than anything you could ever buy at a store.
There are so many options available now for decorating your home with photographs. Bigger really is better for impact and emotion. Group pictures together, add lovely sentiments and more using large photographs as your base.
Large photographs need special treatments if you want them to last (which you do!).
Here are suggestions to help you create works of art that will last for many years.
1. Mount any picture larger than an 8x10. Photographs will warp over time if they are not mounted or matted properly. Especially if you live in a humid area such as Florida! It won't take long at all for the warping to begin. Framing isn't enough.
All labs offer different mounting services. Matboard, Foamboard, Styrene and Masonite are the most popular. There are pros and cons to each. Double weight mat board is very popular with professional photographers. It's lightweight, sturdy and thin enough so the picture is easy to frame.
2. Luster/Mat coating or no? A finishing spray will protect the image from fingerprints and UV Exposure. Does not change the look of your print. Recommended!
Most labs also offer textured finishes - pebble texture, brush texture, etc. These are trendy looks that come and go. Try one of them for something different!
3. Lamination - A thermal film is applied to the print surface in either a high gloss or matte finish. Lamination seals out all moisture and dirt and also provides additional UV Protection. Laminate your image if you know it will not be matted or put under glass.
4. Canvas - Canvas is much sturdier than paper! Order your canvas stretched or mounted, with a luster or mat coating. If you are hanging photographs in the bathroom or kitchen, choose canvas for the best durability.
Canvas gallery wraps where the canvas is wrapped around the outside edges for a finished look is really popular right now. Gallery wraps are lightweight, easy to hang and great for grouping photos together.
5. Metallic paper - Metallic paper is shiny and doesn't need to be put under glass. Use if for artwork, senior portraits for an artistic and glossy type image. It's trendy so use it for more modern images.
You will love a beautifully and professionally finished wall photograph. You want your artwork to last for many years!