Decorating with Fine Art Portraiture

Printed portraits of your family, whether in one photograph or individually, is not a new way to create wall art, but now more than ever it's an important decision for preserving your heritage and displaying the pride you have in your family. While most photographs today are created digitally and rarely appear in printed form, it's imperative that our generation make the effort to preserve these precious memories. And here is where professional photography makes a difference - creating portraiture that is worthy of a prominent place on your walls. 

Portraits offer a multitude of decorative possibilities. Displayed as a focal point in either the privacy of your home or on the walls of your office, you'll be able to enjoy the closeness of your family without having to turn on an electronic device.  No matter what space you have, portraiture can personalize the decor of any location.

A beautifully framed canvas portrait creates a much more personal focal point to a room than some nondescript mass-produced painting.

Designing with portraiture is easy when you make use of the many creative tools we have to assist you. And when the finished work is on display in your home or office, you find that it serves as both a tasteful reflection of your individualized decorating style as well as a tribute to the ones you love.  Studies have shown that children that grow up in homes that display portraits of family, grow up with a much more secure sense of belonging.

Any art form possesses the capacity to touch our emotions. Professional portraits carry with them an additional dimension of expression that communicates how we feel about ourselves, our world, and those closest to us. Portrait subject matter and settings are limited only by your imagination.  Children as they grow, family events, expressive personal statements are all appropriate for decorative portraiture.

If you have a particularly large space to fill, a "wall collection" may be a great alternative to the single portrait. Wall collections are a grouping of wall portraits that display a variety of images. 

Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • The portrait's overall colour theme should blend with or compliment the room's colour palette.
  • Keep in mind the decorative intent of the room in which you plan to display your portrait when you consider its style. This will help set the portrait's 'tone' and guide you in selecting appropriate clothing and accessories, and help us to decide on an appropriate location.
  • An appropriately sized portrait is one that dominates the space in which it is hung, but does not appear to be crowding that space.  Consider whether the space lends itself better to a vertical or horizontal composition.
  • You also want the portrait to be of sufficient size as to be able to enjoy it from a distance, rather than having to approach it closely to see the subjects.
  • Framing provides the finishing touch to fine portraiture. Select a frame that compliments the image and accents the room's furnishings, not one that distracts from the subject matter.  Simple is often better.

Whether your portrait is an accessory or the room's focal point, placement is critical. All elements of design; colour, style, composition, and size must work together to complete the decorative statement.

If you would like more information, or would like to arrange a consultation, please call our studio or email us with your request.

Mike Guilbault, MPF