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How To Make Your Living Room More Homey

The living room is usually where you welcome visitors into your home. As such, it’s imperative for this room to make a lasting impression on your guests. Here are some things you can do to make this room cozier and more welcoming for both your family and your visiting loved ones.

Use natural light.

Are your living room’s window curtains always drawn shut? If you want to make your room more inviting, you better do something about that. Few things are quite as welcoming as morning sunlight spilling into a room with wide windows. Throw those curtains open, and let the light in!

Add throw pillows, cushions, and blankets.

These accents add an element of softness to your living room, tempting people to take a break from their on-the-go lives and make themselves as comfortable as possible. Because really, few things are as relaxing as snuggling on the couch, a glass of wine nearby, to watch your favorite TV show or read your favorite book. Speaking of books…

Install a bookshelf.

Books—ones you’ve actually read, not pretty ones for display—give off a comforting ambiance. An interesting title invites the reader to pick it up, leaf through it, and linger while reading a few pages. If you have a large collection of novels, consider making the living room their home.

Personalize with family pictures.

Give your living room a warm, personal touch by displaying your favorite portraits! Aside from your printed picture frames and artwork, you can have a few Nixplay Digital Photo Frames around the room to put your family’s stamp on your home, truly making it yours. As a bonus, Nixplay Frames can display up to 2,000 photos per playlist, letting you showcase all of your favorite memories without having to switch printed photos out.

Use a light, warm color palette.

Warm brown and cream shades can make a living room—or any room, for that matter—a lot more welcoming. Feeling a bit brave? Use punchier colors like orange and yellow to accent the room. A cream couch with sunflower yellow pillows sounds inviting, don’t you think?

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

3 Tips for Incredible Portrait Photographs

Three Portrait Photo Tips for better pictures

“Make sure I look great,” we’ve heard that request too. Every time a friend or family member asks us to take a portrait photograph, we get a little competitive to make sure it’s the best portrait photo of them. After a lot of trial, error and reading we’ve come up with tips for incredible portrait photos. No hidden agenda, except, of course- we want the pictures on your Nixplay Photo Frame to look great!

1.Use the rule of thirds:

Firstly, the rule of thirds is a very basic portrait photography technique that can be quite hard to master ( talking from experience.) Mentally break down the portrait photograph you’re going to take into 3×3 squares. Remember viewers eye’s are most drawn to the intersection points in the grid. So think about what the most important parts of the photograph will be and place them accordingly. Pictures using the rule of thirds, look really great on Nixplay Digital Photo frames like the Nixplay Seed. Place the frame in covered patio or the living room and you will make your house guests jealous!

2.Don’t be scared to get close:

Our second portrait photo tip is that we’ve observed a lot of portrait photos and noticed that often, the subject is too far away. To make an impact, the subject needs to be big enough to be seen clearly and make an impact on the viewer. Now, don’t take that as – get them so close that we can only see the blackheads on their nose. I mean, unless that’s what you were aiming for. Close up portrait photos look great on wall mounted Nixplay Digital photo frames, the Nixplay Edge is a great choice.

3.Focus on the eyes:

Here’s our third, final photo tip for portraits. When looking at a portrait photo, notice that your eyes will always look at the subject’s eyes first (no, that was not an intentional tongue twister.) Make sure the eyes are sharp and in focus. Additionally, if you want to make sure the lighting and angle is perfect- move your camera around until you can see the light reflect in your subjects eyes! 

Bonus Technical tip: Exposure Compensation

Keep in mind that in photography, one exposure setting does not fit all. Your camera may underexpose someone of a lighter skin tone and overexpose someone with a darker skin tone.  Backgrounds of extreme light or darkness can also trick the camera. The easiest way to deal with this is to navigate to your camera’s exposure compensation control. To lighten up faces go dial up the stops ( i.e. +1) and to let less light in dial it down (i.e. -1) The Nixplay Iris dims and brightens your photos based on the light level- lucky for you that once you’ve fixed your exposure compensation, you don’t need to worry about the display on your Nixplay digital photo frame. 

If these tips were helpful, share your enhanced portrait photographs with us in the comments section or tag us on facebook, instagram or twitter.  We’d love it if you show us how the portraits look on your Nixplay Digital Photo Frame! #Nixplayphototips

Bea is Nixplay’s Social Media Manager. She enjoys drinking coffee, reading about wars, and writing stories. Send her a message at beatrice.bisais@nixplay.com.

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