1.) Choose your themes carefully
When it comes to an image that makes a good piece of wall art, the possibilities for subject matter and context (just like personal taste), are endless. However, there are a number of common themes that are universally popular which tend to be reflective of interests, feelings and emotions, and are often based around the following:
- Memory & Nostalgia
And when you put these put into the context of a photographic subject, the following areas fit in well with the above:
- Black & White
- Formal Elements
Ask yourself what scenes you might envision based on these themes. For example, when thinking of a scene of tranquillity, what would you think of? A lake, flowing water, or maybe mist-covered dawn?
And, for a scene that stirs-up that feeling of wanderlust, how about the bright lights of New York City and other inspiring travel destinations? Or for an invigorating and exciting scene, perhaps an action-packed sport shot?
Also, when planning your shoots, think of different types of rooms and what kind of photographs may be displayed in them. For example, a calm seascape may be suited to a bathroom or a bedroom whereas an exhilarating cityscape may fit well in a living space. Imagine your photograph and then place it in the type of room you think it would compliment. Also think about demographics, hobbies and lifestyles, and focus on making themed shots that fit the narrative.