How to Style Imagery for Your Blog By Flat 15

On the Interior Blog Awards Blog we aim to provide indispensable tips for new bloggers, or for those looking to expand and enhance their blog through top tip articles by us and top contributors from the blogging world. Our first guest post is by 2015 IBA winner of the coveted Editor’s Choice Award, Gabby Palumbo of Flat 15. Here she tells us how to style exquisite imagery to use across your blog and on social media…

1. Use A Simple Backdrop

Whether I am styling a table setting or a shelving unit, I am always very aware of my backdrop for the photographs.  I try to use a clean white background so the pieces really stand out, or alternatively I will choose a specific coloured backdrop that works well with the items I am styling.

Use a simple back drop - image courtesy of Flat 15
Use a simple back drop – image courtesy of Flat 15

2. Sometimes Less Is More

When I style and photograph items for the blog, I try to focus on keeping some of the shots simplified.  I find that when I do this the design and overall look really shines through on the photograph and therefore throughout the blog post as well.

Sometimes less is more - image courtesy of Flat 15
Sometimes less is more – image courtesy of Flat 15

3. Choose A Specific Theme

When I am styling pieces, I like to keep a theme in mind.  Whether it be a monochromatic interior scheme or a floral inspired table design, I find that sticking to a particular “look” helps make the entire post flow perfectly.

Choose a specific theme - image courtesy of Flat 15
Choose a specific theme – image courtesy of Flat 15

4. It’s All In The Details

Pay attention to the details of your styled space and be sure to also incorporate photographs of these details within your post . Adding these focused images alongside wide shots will give your blog a well-rounded and interesting feel.

It's all in the details - image courtesy of Flat 15
It’s all in the details – image courtesy of Flat 15

5. Mix Shapes & Sizes

When you are designing your interior setting, try to use pieces that are a mix of various shapes and sizes.  This will add dimension to your styled look, which is such an important design element overall.

Mix shapes & sizes - image courtesy of Flat 15
Mix shapes & sizes – image courtesy of Flat 15

6. Add A Personal Touch

I like to add a personal element to my styled posts on the blog.  Sometimes it’s as simple as including my own hands in the photograph as I am styling or changing the decor around. I think this gives a natural and personal feel, which helps to make a “perfectly” styled post become more relatable.

Add a personal touch - image courtesy of Flat 15
Add a personal touch – image courtesy of Flat 15

7. Be Yourself

There are lots of styled interiors out there so make sure your post really stands out!  Let the design reflect your personality and unique style.  This element will make your interior style memorable (which is the most important part)!

Be Yourself
Be yourself – image courtesy of Flat 15

For even more styling inspiration watch Gabby’s Afternoon Tea Essentials video (below) and read all about how to create your own fabulous afternoon tea setting using the beautiful Wedgwood china pictured in this post on Flat 15.

Afternoon Tea Essentials from Flat 15 Design on Vimeo.

Have you been inspired by Gabby to create more beautiful imagery for your blog? We have!

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