An interview with professional artist Mike Kershnar from San Francisco and examples of his beautiful mural work in the home. Talk about a unique bedroom idea!
A wall of east-facing windows is what immediately drew Andrew Holden and Perry Lowe to their downtown Brooklyn, New York, loft. The home’s large, open layout had tons of potential, despite needing some cosmetic improvements. For Holden, a freelance stylist and creative director, and Lowe, a project manager for Herman Miller, the needed improvements were a selling point. They were able to customize and personalize the loft from the onset to truly make it their own. Read More
I found an awesome little video of DIY frames for the individuals that like a little more personality to their frames instead of the traditional off the shelf frames that you find at most retailers. Tanner Bell shares 15 inexpensive frame ideas with us….enjoy!
Your living room is one of the main focal points of your home. When most people visit this, besides the kitchen, is the room that people gather in the most. So creating a functional room with your personal style is key. The ambiance of a living room allows for you to be more diversified when it comes to choosing the type of photographs or artwork you hang in there. Bold bright colored photographs or artwork are wonderful additions to the living room and they tend to offset the formality found in most traditional living rooms.
A living room tends to be one of the larger rooms of the home so you can go for a much larger sized photograph or piece of artwork without overwhelming the room and your guests. Bigger is always better especially if a large piece of furniture is under it, such as a sofa or a fire place. The low profile of a sofa leaves you with a substantial amount of empty space on the wall, so go big! Clusters of photographs and artwork (wall collages) also work well in the living room.
Don’t Break the Bank
You don’t need to take out a second mortgage to have beautiful photographs or artwork in your home. I find the work of Ansel Adams and Edvard Munch to be stunning but in my opinion their work is too recognizable and have become a tad boring because of all the reproductions. Not to mention that in order to buy an original I would need to take out a second mortgage on my home, sell my car, a kidney and possibly my left leg… just kidding I need my car ;). There are many photographers and artists working today whose art is compelling, beautiful, and even affordable.
Search the internet for a photographer or artist whose style really strikes your emotions. With today’s technology you can easily choose from a wide selection of prints or even obtain the artist’s original work before they are famous. You may even get lucky and find that the photographer or artist is in your home town. If you are a more hands on kind of shopper, you could also visit art fairs and festivals in your area.
There are several other perks to purchasing photographs and artwork from lesser known artists than the upfront cost (and hours spent refinancing your home). These photographs and pieces of artwork give you a conversational piece with your guests because your guests have more than likely never heard of the artist or seen the piece of artwork. Secondly, you would be helping support the arts and possibly your local economy. Finally, “lesser known” now does not mean the artist will be obscure forever. Meaning, if you purchase original photographs and piece of artwork from the artist those pieces could very well be worth a fortune one day.
Whatever medium you choose to finish off your living room, be sure that the artist’s work and style really “speak” to you.
Most of us in the working world could never afford an original piece of art work like a Picasso or Renoir but we can still make our living spaces enjoyable with fine art. Who knows, maybe one day the photographs or pieces of artwork that you invest in will be as valuable as a Picasso….wouldn’t that be an awesome legacy to leave to your family. Today I’m going to give you some helpful tips for decorating your dining area with art and make your walls reflect your own sense of taste and style while offering comfort to your guests.
When decorating your dining area it seems to be best to shoot for more of a low key style than expressing boldness. People connect with food and are comforted by it. The point of a dining area is to connect with family and friends over a meal; the last thing you want to do is have an uncomfortable room with over the top colors and themes that ruins the calm, comfortable eating environment.
If your decorating tastes lean more towards modern, select muted neutral colors and objects such as nature photographs or painting. If you are more of a traditionalist, calm landscape photographs or paintings of rolling meadows, creeks and rural scenes are ideal. Narrative landscapes, artwork that tells a story, always make for great conversational pieces over dinner no matter what you style is. Chose photographs or pieces of artwork that has a little of your color theme in them in order to pull everything together in harmony.
When selecting photographs or artwork for your dining area keep in mind that size does matter. If your dining room is on the small side, a large print will crowd the walls and overwhelm the entire room. You want your visitors to be able to view the photographs or artwork without having to back up to take it all in. However, the same theory applies to small images or artwork. Small images are great for making wall collages but individually they may be too small for your guests to view without squinting or moving in closely. Another thing to consider is if the photographs or artwork is going to hang over a piece of furniture. It’s best practice to keep the artwork width under the width of the piece of furniture. For example if you have a hutch that is 4ft across then the artwork should be less than 4ft. The final note on size I would like to share is about spacing. When selecting your photographs and artwork you may need to get it framed yourself to match your decor, so don’t forget to calculate your mat and frame size.
Before you spend money on any photographs or artwork it may be in your best interest to create a layout of your wall space in each area you want to hang your photographs or artwork. Simply measure out and tape off the area that a photograph or piece of artwork is going to hang, masking tape or painters tape works best. Once you’re done taping sit in the seat across from the mock-ups, readjust the taped area (mock-up) until you are comfortable with the size and spacing around it.
Get your final measurements of the mock-up and start shopping. To view our online gallery please visit: PI Photography and Fine Art