Living with Portraits at Home

Living with Portraits at Home

Adrienne Breaux
Sep 12, 2011

If eyes are the windows to the soul, it could perhaps be said that portraits are the windows to a home's personality â€" or at the very least a sometimes-indicator of someone's style when it comes to interiors and art. Not everyone loves a portrait in their space, but no one can deny the impact they have on a room.

Whether you choose to have portraits of people you know, portraits of strangers (or those who aren't even real) or a combination of both, there's something simultaneously comforting and unnerving about having faces on display. Portraits aren't married to any one medium, either; many are painted but some are photographed, and some are of materials that run the gamut of paper to pen to pencil and more. Where you choose to place a portrait, once you've decided to incorporate one or a few into your home, is up to your comfort level. Into which room would you like to infuse a little human personality, and which room would you not mind a few eyes following you in?

Top Row:
1. Elizabeth's Colorful and Adventurous House
2. A simple and stunning portrait, photographed by Petra Bindel
3. Maya & Patrick's Picture-Perfect, Lived-In Home
4. Etsy user noraaoyagi's shadow portraits
5. A corner of portraits from That Kind of Woman

Bottom Row:
6. Morgan Satterfield's (of The Brick House) beautiful den
7. Designer nickey kehoe puts some portraits on a gray wall
8. Amy & David Butler's Creative Textile Lab of a Home
9. The Brick House House Tour
10. Do-It-Yourself: Stylized, Blown-Up Family Portraits

Images: 1: Adrienne Breaux; 2: Petra Bindel; 3: Maya & Patrick Laurent; 4: Nora Aoyagi; 5: via That Kind of Woman; 6: Morgan Satterfield; 7: via Vintage Luxe; 8: David Butler; 9: Morgan and Jeremy; 10: Lori Andrews

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