Interior design is society’s most potent method of self-expression. The design and appearance of one’s home should always be an intimate and personal reflection of that person’s life, tastes, and personality. People spend most of their lives within their walls of their homes, thus the appearance of a home becomes an image of its inhabitants. In terms of visually telling a story, no medium comes close to the power of photography. Photography is an incredibly effective method of conveying personality and life as an element of interior design.
When planning the appearance and design of a room, one of the first considerations should always be mood. Different rooms within a home serve unique functions, thus it makes sense that these rooms should possess their own individual personality. A kitchen, for example, is a room associated with bustle and activity, and an interior designer would do well to attempt to reflect that in their visual design of that room. An interior designer’s visual approach to a study room or office, on the other hand, would be different entirely.
2. Different Styles
Different styles of photography can dramatically impact the look, feel and personality of a room. When utilizing photography as an element of interior design, designers should use photographs to compliment the feel and personality of the room. Photographs can be filled with subtle motifs and strong emotions, and these traits can be used to tastefully accent a room and improve upon its visual appeal.
3. Landscape Photography
Landscape photography is a powerful and evocative style of photography that concentrates on broad scenes, both natural and urban. A common trait of landscape photography is the decentralization of the human figure and the emphasis on the scene as a whole. Landscape photography can often convey a sense of calm and serenity by de-emphasizing action and movement within a scene, and as a result can accent a study or bedroom very well.
4. Macro Photography
Macro photography, or extreme close-up photography, is an intriguing form of photography that enlarges everyday objects to great detail. This style of photography brings an intriguing perspective to everyday life. Macro shots around a room can serve as a visual anchor to a room; their natural inquisitive and interesting nature are a magnet for guests’ eyes. Macro photography would do well in an entertainment center or a living room where guests will be frequent, as not only are macro shots visual stimuli, they also make great conversation starters.
5. Human Photography
Photographs of people are captivating by nature. Human photography has the power to capture and illuminate the human condition, and can often show a subject in a vulnerable and interesting light that inspires and informs a photograph’s observer. This is a style of photography that can be very emotional, as the sentiments reflected by the subject of a photograph can often be felt directly by the observer. When considering incorporating people photography into a room, it becomes vital to consider the emotional effect that a photograph can have before hanging it up on the wall.
6. Family Photographs
Family photography is likely the most popular form of photography as an extension of interior design. Because a home is such an intimate reflection of a person, it makes sense to incorporate the people that play an important role in that person’s life as visual elements. Photographs of babies and children often convey a warm and cheery tone, even when the photograph may not have been taken of a happy camper. For a creative visual twist, hang up a photo of a kid crying over a dropped ice cream cone. Although the child may not have been pleased at the time, the story behind the photo is lighthearted and humorous and could bring a smile to any guest. Genuine memories will almost always be more powerful and attractive than will posed shots, so when featuring family photographs around a room, favour shots with a story behind them rather than a forced smile.
There is a style of photography for every purpose. Photography can be a lively design element that can add tremendous depth and personality to any room. For interior design with emotional appeal and elements that reflect personality and life, look into incorporating photography more prominently around the home.
John is a researcher at CartridgeSave, providing DeskJet ink cartridges and other printing items in the United Kingdom.