Flowers and greens - get outside the garden. The use of natural elements like flowers, bark and grass as decorating elements will be very popular this summer as people continue to connect with the simpler life. We love the energy and warmth these elements bring to a room, like the one below.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” William Morris
Surround yourself with art you love! The most important aspect of choosing artwork is finding pieces that express your personality while enhancing the look of a room. Today artwork can be found in all shapes, sizes and styles, and knowing where to begin your search for the perfect piece can be difficult. Below are some tips to get started on your search:
- If your tastes are traditional, consider landscapes or works of the Old Masters in a traditional frame.
- If you have more romantic taste, look to impressionist-style portraits, or photographs of couples in gold or silver frames.
- Photography in a black industrial-chic frame is a great option for contemporary interiors.
- If you’re looking for something modern and eclectic, pick pieces with bold colours and graphic shapes.
- Choose artwork that complements the colours in your décor, but don’t try to perfectly match colours. The artwork will not stand out enough to draw the attention it deserves.
- Consider scale when selecting your art. A large room with high ceilings will need a large piece of art, while small art should be selected for more intimate spaces where it can be appreciated up-close. A large, bold piece of artwork can be an excellent focal point in a small room.
- Art is a very personal decision and it should reflect your personality. Look for artwork that reflects your personal interests and passions. If you love to travel, select artwork that depicts some of your favorite places to visit. Art should make you feel good when you look at it, so don’t settle for generic images.
- Don’t be afraid to mix things up. Very few people live in a décor that is strictly one style. If a modern abstract speaks to you, there’s no reason it can’t be displayed in a traditional room. The right framing treatment can create a transition from old to new.
To help find the work of art that’s perfect for you, visit our partner at www.shopforart.com where you can easily search through more than 200,000 images by style, artist or collections at your leisure. For your convenience you can have your selections shipped directly to Framing & Art Centre that’s closest to you, where our framing experts will help you select beautiful framing that will fit your home and lifestyle.
Metal picture frames are making a comeback in design! They’re perfect for creating a contemporary or modern look in your home, or adding new life to existing décor and art. Here are several benefits to using a metal frame over a frame of another material.
- Metal frames are easy to clean.
- Where humidity is a concern, metal frames will not warp or shrink.
- Cost Effective.
- Durable and light-weight.
- Variety of finishes and colours.
Determining a layout for your gallery wall can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Before putting nails in the wall, create a layout. You can lay out your picture frames and art on the floor, but if you don’t have the space for that, then tape paper to the wall.
Cut the paper to the size of each item and use painters tape to stick the papers to the wall. By using the painters tape you won’t strip off your paint when you move the papers around. This method allows you to envision the gallery without damaging your walls. Once you decide you like the arrangement, then it’s time to start hanging!
If you’re not sure how to hang your custom framing, then check out this blog post for more tips!
Image from Better Homes and Gardens
In the 80’s metal was seen everywhere. While you may not necessarily want to replicate the entire 80’s in your home, metal can still be a great accent to add.
There are many options for metal. Silver. Gold. Brushed. Polished. The list goes on and on. Whichever color or finish you like, metal can help you achieve many looks from retro to modern to eclectic styles.
A room predominantly filled with metal is a common look to retro. Anything goes from fixtures and furniture to picture frames and wall décor.
Modern style coincides with clean lines and simplicity. Metal further emphasizes the open and airy environment of a modern home. A metal picture frame can make a modern piece of art look sleek and stand out.
Mix the old with the new! This is the easiest type of room transformation if you’re looking for a change, because you start with things you already have. Put new life into an old piece of art with a metal picture frame, or switch out an outdated lamp for one with a metallic base. Just a few accessories spread throughout a room can make a HUGE change.
Metal accessories can blend in with a natural, earthy look, believe it or not! In a warm-toned room metal will add balance while also providing contrast to the varied textures of wood, stone and fabric.
Metal can be natural, reflective and brushed with a variety of finishes. Create a retro look, refresh an older look or go for something modern. Picture frames, tables, lamps and other accessories are the perfect way to achieve this!
Colour – use it… A LOT! Nothing says summer like a healthy dose of colour and this year the brighter the better.
Go bright in the entire room! This works because of the neutral flooring and a few neutral accessories placed around the room. (Belle Maison)
Bright colours are fun in a child’s bedroom or playroom! (Parents)
If you’re not sure about bright colours all over your room, use just a few bright accents like curtains, flowers and art. (Style At Home)