7 great ideas to decorate with art photography - part 1

In the next few days we will be publishing our first series of articles about art photography. In this series we will be showing 7 great ideas on how to use art photography in interior design.

Idea #1: Create contrast

Some rooms have a certain feel that makes an impact and we remember them for long after we left. Contrast is one of the key tools that can build such a strong impact of any interior space, through a number elements, including wall decorations such as art photographs.

Generally we think of contrast in terms of colour, but it can be successfully achieved in many other ways; contrast of forms and shapes, textures, materials, concepts and ideas. Our brains are well wired to understand and respond consciously or unconsciously to contrasting elements in all their forms.

Decorating with art photography gives us unlimited options of creating contrast with images. Below are just a couple of examples, if you have more unusual forms of contrast, why not tell us in the comments below?

Colour, from and texture contrast

A great example of both form and colour contrast. The central photograph’s forms are all small, pointy, sharp lines, while the dominant forms in the room (couch, pillow, round tables, clock, shade) are all more round in nature. The texture of the wall as well is in stark contrast to the clean, perfect white background of the photograph. And of course, the colours. This is a room you will certainly remember once you visited.


Conceptual, time and colour contrast


This second photo is a great example of a conceptual, time contrast between the new and the old. The office is all modern, technologically advanced while the photos portray a world long gone, a castle in the South East of England.


On neural level, contrast is highly important in helping the brain navigate through the complex three dimensional world we live in. Contrast between colours and shapes is responsible for many optical illusions tricking our brain to see what is not there. But even more importantly, in primitive times, contrast in nature was quite often a sign of danger. It is no wonder then, that used in design, contrast produces such deep emotional responses that even if we don’t necessarily acknowledge them consciously at the time, do leave a lasting memory on our brains. 

If you are considering decorating with high impact, and chose contrast as your tool of choice, we have put together a special collection of our top high-contrast photos in the gallery today.


Click here to access our “High contrast” collection. But bear in mind… you can create contrast even with photographs that are not high contrast within themselves, it all depends on the room you are decorating.


Before we finish, below are some ideas on how to create contrast when using photos in your interior design outside the mainstream approach of using just colour. Be creative!


Try to use:

  • forms - if the room has large straight egdes, why not experiment with opposite shapes in photos on the walls; round, curved shapes
  • texture - as shown above a textured wall could very well be contrasted by photos that are clean and smooth
  • concepts / attributes - cozy and industrial, big and small, artificial and natural, etc
  • time - old and new, modern and antique are some of the most striking contrasts you can create with photos


Just remember to have fun, experiment, and use your creativity, the options are infinite!

Stay tuned for more ideas in the series which will be published in the next few days.

Coming soon: Idea #2: Create harmony

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