Decorating With Black And White Photos

January 6, 2019 9:53 am by columnblogger
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Decorating With Black And White Photos

One of our favorite things about black-and-white photographs is their ability to make a bold statement sans color. These oversize versions, with every line and detail shown in strong relief, bolster that boldness, creating a look that’s both evocative and transporting.

Idea to steal: You don’t always have to hang your art. As evidenced here, a casual lean—whether on the floor, a desk, or another surface—is an easy way to bring a relaxed feel to your space (plus, no tools required!).

Despite this age-old fascination with photographs, contemporary residences and semi-minimalist trends are altering the way we look at adorning our walls with prints. Decorating with black and white photography is seeing new heights thanks to improved cameras and the growing inclination to use neutral colors and muted tones. Here are a few arrangements and dazzling displays that will inspire you to get started on this bold and striking path –

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Stick to all black or all white matte frames, depending on what contrasts best with the color of the wall. Mix large and small photographs to keep the eye moving.

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“Black-and-white photography is classic and artsy. It conveys intelligence,” says One Kings Lane senior buyer Stephen Haskell. “A framed collection can bring an incredibly refined gallery feeling into a home.”

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Idea to steal: The easiest way to expand your black-and-white photography collection is to look to your own past. Break out that shoebox of old family photos and find your favorites to frame. It’s a quick and inexpensive way to add a little personal character and history to your gallery.

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The most important aspect of creating an art gallery or display in black and white is lighting. Just like in every other case, lighting can make or break your picturesque collection. Rail or track lighting is always best option as they shed spotlight squarely on the lovely framed prints. This also helps eliminate any chance of glare disturbing the aesthetic appeal of the collection. Black and white photographs can be mixed and matched in several different ways. Photo frames in various sizes can come together to offer contrast even as their lack of color forms a flowing and unifying factor.

In fact, they are one feature that might be as old as our ability to create permanent dwellings!

Square frames in a large frame arrangement give the room geometric variance

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Floating shelves make it easier to decorate with photographsStacked and leaning photographs exude a lovely casual vibe

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There are times when we obsess about décor and furnishings. Some of us save up to buy that single iconic chair or loveseat that will elevate the interiors to a whole new level. Then there are occasions when we endlessly ponder over color schemes and accent hues. Yet, the most personal and beautiful part of a home is often a display of some cherished moments framed up and arranged with cherished symmetry.

Idea to steal: One of our favorite styling tricks for rooms with elaborate architectural details is to hang artwork on top of molding. It’s a move that creates a more casual vibe but doesn’t cover up or detract from the architecture.

What could make black-and-white photography sing more than a brightly painted backdrop? This saturated blue makes for a striking contrast, and it’s the perfect pairing if you’re looking to tap into that glamorous Old Hollywood vibe.

While interior design is all about filling up the empty space within the walls, one must never fill a home completely. There must always be an empty spot on the wall waiting for the perfect photograph or print to come along. This way, when you do find that last missing piece, you will have the satisfaction of a completed quest and a room waiting to welcome its latest addition!

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Usher in some much needed contrast with black and white prints

Red is an ideal contrast to black and white, but consider other vibrant options such as electric blue. For a more sedate look try charcoal gray, and for a daring style statement opt for metallics like silver or gunmetal.

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Because of its lack of color, black-and-white photography goes with nearly every other type of art and thus can really help unite an otherwise disparate-feeling gallery. This mix features works in all genres and mediums, from landscape oil paintings to figure sketches—but the grouping feels cohesive thanks in part to these photos.

Floating shelves and tops of bookcases are also great places to decorate with photographs. These give you the added benefit of doings o without causing any damage to the walls. Whether it is a single large image of a nature at its imperious best, or a star from an era gone by or a snapshot of an important moment in your past, black and white photographs bring them alive with class. Easy to try out, these displays transform your interiors instantly. Give them a shot and notice the new-found sophistication!

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Fashion prints, family photos, dramatic landscapes: Black-and-white photographs run the gamut in terms of subject matter—and are just as variable when it comes to options for display. We love them for their chameleon-like ability to adapt to their surroundings; as you’ll see here, they feel at home in glamorous settings and pared-down rooms alike. Read on to discover their stylish range and see just how to display them in your own space.

Hang prints about 12 inches up from the floor. Maintain a sense of consistency by continuing your art arrangement across often-neglected areas such as the space above a doorway or a narrow corner. To create a jolt of surprise, throw in one color photo.

Idea to steal: If you don’t have enough framed photographs to fill an entire wall, a large mirror or a contrasting piece of art is a stylish way to fill space—and create a dazzling focal point.

An array of black-and-white photos looks stunning against a vivid wall.

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Though they don’t add any color, black-and-white photographs make a compelling complement to an all-neutral space. They strike a perfect balance, providing a graphic punch that anchors the room without overwhelming the muted tones and varied textures.

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Photograph by Eric Piasecki from the upcoming book Steven Gambrel: Time & Place, Abrams Books

Photographs and photo galleries are nothing new when it comes to interior design.

With home owners and designers sticking to backdrops in warm earthen shades of cool muted tones, an image in color can often disturb the flowing form. Black and white photographs add uniqueness, depth, character and style to walls without upsetting the color scheme of the room. They also seem to accentuate the impact of accent colors like red, yellow and green. Doubling up as lovely standalone art pieces that blend with plush neutral décor and as cool personal image collection, black and white prints are multidimensional and easy to incorporate.

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When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls! This goes for all black and white prints as they capture the essence of a natural setting and go much beyond the exterior. It is this special quality of black and white images that makes them so mesmerizing and transcendental.

Frames in a single bright color create cohesion and unexpected pop.

You can’t talk about black-and-white photography without mentioning fashion. Whether it’s a vintage reproduction from a 1950s shoot or a more contemporary photo with an edge, this subject matter is guaranteed to add a little glamour and style cred to your space.

Consider building your art arrangement vertically to add extra height and intrigue to a small-scale series.

Idea to steal: Mix up the size, scale, and subject matter of your black-and-white photographs to create a look that feels varied and layered but still consistent and coordinated.

Single photograph in black and white can be equally appealing

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Black and white photographs add to neutral interiors without disturbing the color scheme

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Black and white photographs carry along with them a sense of nostalgia and the charm of an era gone by. Photographs are all about capturing those fleeting moments of time that never reiterate. Black and white prints carry a depth that seems to be missing even in the most extravagant color images. Add to it the contrast of the two shades along with the grays and you have a framed image that seems to take you back in time instantly. Unlike wall art in color, these images seem sophisticated and stylish in an unassuming and modest manner.

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