How to Turn Your Photographs into Art

Everything in our lives is digitized. Calendars, correspondence, alarms, and especially our pictures. Cameras on phones are getting more sophisticated with each update, so much so that it would be easy to think of them as cameras that happen to have texting abilities. Endless apps bring out the best in every shot, even that one in a dimly lit banquet hall of the bride and groom leaving for their honeymoon. Once in a while, though, a few special pictures deserve to not only be posted on social media, but also to be printed and displayed in your home. You don’t have to just stick them in a frame, though. Creating a home includes making your pictures into something beautiful, whether as art or as a functional piece to be used and appreciated. Here are four ways to do just that.

Canvas art

It used to be that having professional-looking photos displayed would cost a small fortune. Whether it was for a large, ornate frame, or the treatment of the photo itself, anything larger than an 8-inch-by-10-inch would take up a sizable chunk of a decorating budget. That’s no longer the case. You can find websites that make cheap canvas prints look anything but inexpensive. They’re high-quality and can add weight to any room without overpowering it. Keep in mind as well that canvas prints aren’t just for formal, professional photos anymore. Use them for an unexpected candid shot of your niece or nephew, or the perfect moment of your dog catching a favorite toy in midair.

Coasters

For especially fun photos, or a series from one specific event, make them into a functional part of your home: your coasters. Take the memories from your tour of Chicago or London and turn them into coasters that can be used all over the house. This can be achieved by buying already existing coasters that have slats for pictures, or by going a little bit further down the DIY route. They’re an excellent conversation-starter, and it’s more interesting to have multiple photos presented together rather than just one or two up in various spaces.

Pillows

Yes, this is an unconventional choice and one that may bring to mind the goofiest of gag gifts, but don’t scoff so quickly. Prints on pillows may have been reserved for children in the past, but this  has become increasingly accepted among trendsetters and unconventional decorators alike. Were you able to get the New York City skyline at just the right time of day? Or maybe your backyard has the most picturesque flowers that you want to be able to see all year-round. Whatever the subject matter, size of the pillow, or room it’s intended for, this is another thing that you can buy or make yourself, depending on your comfort and skill level.

Gallery wall

If you have the room and the time, gallery walls can make a big impact. There are many ways to create one, even when you can’t (or simply don’t want to) leave a lot of holes in your wall. Begin by deciding whether the frames and other pieces will stand alone or if you’d prefer them on a display ledge. From there, choose your personal pictures by colors (think green and purple tones or black and white) or by theme (show case that recent trip to Australia). Once you’ve done that, find various knickknacks, paintings, books, or souvenirs that bring out the best in your snapshots, or simply what brings you the most joy just by looking at it.

There is no right or wrong way to decorate a home, but if you don’t use your own special memories, you’re missing out on cost-effective but wonderful pieces of art.