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Daily Nation : February 27th 2014
4 DN Decor photography DAILY NATION Thursday February 27, 2014 FILE | DAILY NATION Photos add a per sonal i sed touch to the bedroom. Using photos to give your home a personal feel Depart from the common practice of displaying family photos in the living room and instead display either those of places you have visited, or of picturesque locations BY DÉCOR JUNKIE the best ways to record these precious memories is through photographs. There are inexhaustible ways to use photographs to personalize your space. A Living space First things first. Your living room is the place where guests often congregate, so it is a great starting point for you to share your photographs. The norm is that many homeowners display photos of themselves and their loved ones in their family room. Depart from tradition and display photos of places you have travelled to, whether local or foreign. These could include shots of picturesque locations or photos of iconic structures like the pyramids or the Eiffel Tower. Nearer home, a photo of the Maasai Mara, the Kenyan Coast, Mount Kenya or the Great Rift Valley would all make good pictures. They are also great conversation starters. Display the photos on your coffee table in a personalised photo album and save the very best of the lot to frame in medium-sized, fabric-covered photo frames – a good option here would be leather. In the family If you have a family or entertainment room where you often relax together, this would be an ideal place to display photos of individual family members. Take these photos to an even higher creative level by having a painter make you simple but timeless pencil potraits of the photos. Frame the photos in large, silver-plated photo frames (at least 70x50cm ) and you will have unique pieces of art for home is a place where memories are made and life in itself is a series of good and bad memories. One of each individual. To make the room even more personalized, place every photo above reclining arm chairs that are respectively monogrammed with each individual’s initials. Water magic The water or coastal theme is a common décor theme for many homeowners when decorating bathrooms. You don’t always have to use blue or sea-themed tiles to echo this theme. Instead, use a pastel shade of paint on the wall and then frame close-up, black-and-white photographs of your favourite beach “items” on one of your bathroom walls. To create a coherent theme, use at least three photographs framed in a similar size. On the way If you are an art lover or just love photographs, there is a bold and relatively inexpensive way to use your favourite “abstract “ photo. Have a professional large format printing company blow up your favourite photo to a larger-than-life vinyl sticker that only needs patience to mount on a wall, preferably along the length of your longest corridor. To make the picture even more dramatic, install a series of spotlights on the corridor’s ceiling to make sure that the photo gets as much visibility as possible. Heritage tales They say you never know where you are going if you don’t know where you are going. To help your children understand their family heritage, have them help you make a family tree with passport-size photos of your parents, siblings and all their close relatives. You can either paint the trunk and the branches of the tree yourself, or you could buy a readymade family tree decal on which to add the photos. Above board Wake up with a smile by framing your favourite humorous or inspiring One of the best ways of recording all the things that happen in the home is through photographs, and there are inexhaustible ways of using them to personalize your space pictures above your headboard. They could include a photo or poster from your favourite movie or a photo of a mentor or pop idol you admire. For instance, if you love fashion, you could frame photos of your favourite designers or of your favourite models. If you like a particular genre of music, you could frame photos of your favourite artist album covers. The bottom line is, if it makes you happy, frame it and mount it where it will give you the most joy, in your bedroom. Laundry room Often neglected, a laundry room can also be a great place to display photos. For instance, if you are an animal lover, use small, simple, black wooden frames to display black-andwhite animal postcards. The idea may sound simple but trust me it gives a space even more personality, your personality. JACOB OWITI | NATION Photograph s can be placed in practically any room in the house, although most people focus on the living room.
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