When Brits are thinking of their home refresh, they're overlooking one very simple step which could make creating the perfect interior even easier, research commissioned by Jessops has revealed…
51% of Brits view photographs as their most treasured possession, and it's subsequently not surprising that 84% have personal photographs in their home. However, only 20% of us will regularly update our photos - instead, the majority (56%) only change theirs every two years - if not less often.
Taking this into account, it becomes apparent that photo feng shui is not placing very highly on a list of priorities when we're thinking of changing our interiors.
This is despite 1-in-10 saying they have photographs in all or many of the rooms in their home, yet the same amount also say they will never update their photo displays.
This has prompted interior stylist Luke Arthur Wells to call for changes.
He says: "Many of us are serial re-decorators when it comes to our homes, yet don’t consider that changing the photographs we use in our spaces is an easy way to give a scheme a fresh look. When it comes to using photographs to successfully complement our home’s interiors, it’s all about curating a collection for each room, thinking more than just the subject matter of our photographs to the way these images look and interact with design scheme".
One of the best bits about turning to photos is it gives you a great - and affordable - way to change your interior during the year. So, when it comes to 'photo feng shui' how can you practice it? That's where these tips come in...
1. Match to your colour scheme
You would never dream of picking a cushion that didn't match your colour scheme. When it comes to it, the same should apply to photographs too. When you're choosing for each room, you should be selective and think carefully about how you group them together - pick the ones that have dominant colours which work within your scheme.
2. Play with colour
Have you got that one photo you love but think it will not fit your style? Well, why not try desaturating it? This will help it to blend in better. There are a number of basic photo-editing apps that you can try on your phone and computer which can transform a photograph into black and white.
3. Creative thinking
It doesn't matter whether you're putting them on a wall or shelf - just make sure you think of each frame as its own piece of decor. By playing with the scale, you get a more varied and interesting look that can go beyond standard photo sizes when you print and frame them. You can find a wide variety of canvases, aluminium and acrylic prints, along with bespoke wood panels for your photos from retailers like Jessops.
4. Showcase your favourites
You should pick photos that will provide a talking point when you have visitors - be sure to take this into account when picking which you want to display and where to place them.
5. Celebrate sentiment
It doesn't matter what you pick - just make sure you love the photos.
Photo courtesy of www.lukearthurwells.com