Photographer shares his views on how to create a unique home

Pat McNulty has been a fine arts photographer for nearly 20 years. Along the way, he has spent a lot of time thinking about integrating fine art into home decor. "How you decorate says a lot about you," says McNulty. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and other accessories, but the art you choose to hang on your walls will almost always be the center of conversation. Fine art can add beauty, uniqueness and a sense of serenity to almost any room.

"I believe it is best to buy what you feel is refreshing and uplifting," says McNulty. "For me it does not matter how much you paid, or if the artist is well known or not, but rather if you like it and it makes you feel good."

As you prepare to beautify your environment, choose a theme and stay with it. Try decorating your room with nothing but castles, or flowers, or animals. Themes can be chosen to compliment furniture, books and other accessories already present. A nautically themed den will be made that much more authentic with a lighthouse or two set subtly in the background. A kitchen will only be brighter with sunflowers perennially in bloom. Are you thinking of embellishing your dining room? A calm, refreshing atmosphere can be accomplished there with water lilies, orchids or butterflies. What about your living room? Castles, covered bridges and even specific landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower can provide a focus for conversation as well as inspiration. And your bedroom? Sepia or black-and-white pictures of favorite landscapes or flowers can provide just the subtle romantic touch you are looking for.

Finally it can be fun creating a room that is you. One that will make you say "I am home". You can get plenty of satisfaction creating an environment which is unique and personal.

Pat McNulty's passion for photography has blossomed into a business, . He has over 800 pictures in subjects ranging from lighthouses, flowers, horses, kittens, waterfalls and butterfly's. His photographs are developed straight off the original negative to 8 x 10 and 11 x 14, 12 x 18, and 16 x 20 inches, with impressive sharpness and rich tonality. All of his photographs are individually signed. His website also offers ten free screensavers, free wallpaper, decorating and photography articles.

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