Photographs are a great way to personalize space and lift it from the mundane to the one of a kind.
They add a stylized charm, color, and personality to a room that generic decorative items are not able to.
Further with photos, you can be as versatile with the rest of the décor as you may want. Photos will fit well into a space that has a warm homey feel with a lot of knick knacks and other decorative elements; they will also work very well in the more minimalist and Spartan of settings.
For instance if you have a stark monochrome setting; large black and white photos will work very well. Or you could work to achieve a striking contrast with a single vivid splash of color in a photo that brings alive an entire monochromatic setting.
In the more traditional, homey kind of setting, you could devote an entire wall[wall hangings] to family photos making an unforgettable collage of the best memories of the family.
When you want to use photographs as art you don’t have to spend a small fortune in buying photo art from a gallery. This is where the internet and a little bit of imagination can stand you in good stead.
There are a number of sites on the internet that offer free photos for download (or of course you can buy the prints), and they can be of any sort: exotic foreign locales, beautiful flora and fauna, scenic landscapes, celebrations, vintage transport (interesting looking locomotive and cars), even sport and leisure.
Depending upon your particular interests that reflect your personality and personal choices, you can create a theme, and take printouts of photos that go well together and create an interesting design element in any room.
You can even crop or resize photos according to your requirements, you can create interesting color effects, or convert them into charcoal sketches using appropriate programs like photoshop etc.
You can even create classy black and white photos if that is what suits the setting better. You can then put them up in a series of similarly matched photo frames or you can have the pictures individually framed or mounted.
You can do the same with photos of the family; for instance you can have a series of pictures that show your child transition from a baby, to a child to a teen etc.
The possibilities for using photos as a decorative element are endless; for pictures of the family you need look no further than your own hard drive; for free photos from the internet you can check the following resources: