While I love the concept of displaying family photos, I'll be the first to admit that not every family photo has been one worthy of our walls. However, we've had a few that have stunned us— ones that my husband and I keep going back to time after time, not only because they remind us of a particular wonderful moment, but because they also have a certain aesthetic appeal to them. For these, I've considered going the super-size route, because when it comes to art I'm usually of the mindset that more really is more. However, like all good things, there are multiple ways to achieve a cool big look...
• 1. Wallpaper Photos.The biggest and boldest way to add huge impact to a room, and definitely not a look for the faint of heart...or those prone to claustrophobia. I'm not usually a fan of bigger than life photos of humans, but I can't help but love this look. British printers, the Better Wallpaper Company will turn any photo that is at least 4 megapixels digital or 300 dpi scanned into wallpaper in any size you'd like, with prices comparable to mid-range designer paper and a 7 year, no-fade warranty. They ship worldwide. For more information, check out the Better Wallpaper Company website.
• 2. One Image, Multiple Pieces, On Your Own Printer. This summer, our sister site, unplggd introduced us to this small budget, high style printing tool from PosteRazor, a free down-loadable program that dissects raster images into pieces that can be printed out on your home printer and then reassembled for an awesome display—coolest family photo wall on the block guaranteed! To get started, visit PosteRazor's website. Rasterbator offers a very similar, free service.
• 3. Photo Series Some of my favorite artistic family photos are ones that capture a series of movements and successive expressions, similar to a flip book. Almost all online photo companies offer decent quality photo enlargements, but we've found some are better than others when it comes to custom sizes, as pictured above. The best deal that we've come across is Wizard Prints, which learned about through Lauren of Pure Style Home. She used the company for her awesome enlargement of a Durer etching in her dining room, which you can check out here. She opted for the adhesive-backed fabric option.
• 4., 5. Unframed, Canvas-Stretched Single Close-up Shots For a casual, modern feel, canvas stretched photo close-ups are hard to beat. Wizard Prints, mentioned above, has prices and quality that arehard to beat, but we've also heard wonderful things about MPix. However, many online photo processing companies like snapfish offer similar services that won't break the bank.
I'm sure I'm leaving out some great sources for printing large scale photos, so chime in if you know of a great one!
Do you dig the idea of super-sizing the family love, or are you more of the hide 'em away in an album type?