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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Innovative ways to use scenes of Australia to decorate your home

New South Wales is a wonderful place. It has stunning wildlife, beautiful scenery and opportunities to enjoy all sorts of activities. In short, everything you can think of. Unsurprisingly, the area attracts a lot of tourists. Last year, they came in huge numbers numbers, over 100 million visitors.

Naturally, most of them took lots of photos. So, today, we thought we would take a look at some of the different ways tourists can use those images to decorate their homes.

Have them turned into prints for your walls

Almost regardless of where you live in the world, you will find a good online print service provider. These firms can easily turn your holiday snaps into collage prints or canvas prints.

It is very easy to do. People just need to choose the frame they want and the size and upload the photo or photos they want to have printed out. Once they arrive, hanging them on the wall does not take long.

Whether you have been skiing down Australia’s highest peak Mount Kosciuszko, trekking in the Blue Mountains or Barrington Tops National Park you are sure to have some spectacular photos. The scenery in all these places is just breathtaking.

Create a themed wall sticker

If you want something a little bigger, it is possible to have high-quality photos turned into wall stickers. Landscape shots are great for this. The best firms will be able to take the image you send them and print out a sticker that matches any dimensions you provide. So, if you want to create a feature wall using a shot of the dolphins off of Byron Bay you can easily do so.

Once the sticker arrives, it should take less than an hour for two people to put it up. You can use a plain photo to create your wall sticker. Or make use of a simple graphics package to manipulate the image and add special effects. It is not hard to turn the outline of the rocks or mountains of the area into an interesting shadow print wall sticker.

Create a photo blind

Photo blinds are a fun way to add decorative interest. They look particularly good in bathrooms and kitchens. If you do decide to go down this route, just make sure that you choose a firm that provides a finish that can easily be wiped over. If it is going up in a room where dampness is an issue, make sure it is mould resistant too.

Use them to wrap items in your home

It is also possible to print out your photos and use them to wrap items in your home. Potentially, you can do this with anything. People wrap old fridges and tabletops in this way. All you need to do is to arrange them in a photo collage format that you like. Stick them to the surface then use varnish to finish it off. So, you can wipe everything down, as normal, and maintain a hygienic home. You can find a more detailed set of instructions, here.

Make sure you take good photos

Potentially, any photo can be used for all of the decorative ideas above. However, the quality of the finished result will be greatly affected by how good the original photo is.

If there is a shot you think you may want to use to decorate your home use the high-resolution setting on your camera or phone. It is also wise to take several snaps to make sure that you really capture the shot you are after.