PART 7 – PICTURES
Always hang pictures at eye level so they can be properly appreciated. Landings and corridors are excellent spaces for the display of family photos as they are pass-through areas and mainly used by family members who can appreciate the recording of special family moments, by-gone eras and loved ones who have since passed. If possible, photos should always be professionally taken and printed, nicely mounted and well framed, be hung at the right height and in the right location, show people at their best and evoke happy memories. Never hang a photo or picture of someone or something that doesn’t make your heart sing. There’s no point in being constantly reminded on a daily basis of a person or a situation that made you utterly miserable!
The reason why I don’t recommend hanging photos in spaces such as reception rooms, is because these are public areas where people should not be subjected to looking at us or our family members – sometimes in personal settings at different stages in our lives to where we are now (and maybe when we looked a lot better than we do now!) – and expect the onlooker to feel obliged to compliment them. It’s just not fair on your guests and visitors! Wedding photos, which are most personal and usually date quickly, just don’t look good in a giant frame above the mantle of the formal sitting room shouting for attention as the main focal point in the room and demanding a compliment from someone unrelated who wasn’t there to enjoy the festivities and could care less about your special day! So keep the photos in an album in a cupboard which you can always pull out and show a visiting relation should the occasion arise.
Next week, read Part 8 – Finishing Touches in my latest blog on ‘Feng Shui Interior Design for Entrances & Reception Rooms’