April 24, 2022
Picking the right art for your office can be difficult. There's a lot to consider: What style do you want? What size? Where will it go? I've put together this Art Guide for you so you can make the best decisions for your office.
Avoid the temptation to just pick something that “works” for your office. With this approach, you risk having a collection of artworks that are merely functional, but don't make the space feel comfortable and inviting. Instead, consider what “look” you want to create with your artwork. This can be formal or casual, modern or eclectic—it just needs to reflect how you want employees and clients to feel when they're in your space.
If you’ve got the right art on your walls, it can help you feel energized, relaxed, or inspired. But if it makes you feel anything other than those things (uncomfortable, agitated, apathetic), then it’s probably not doing its job. That’s why it’s important to think about how you want to feel in your office before buying decorations for the wall.
Yes, that means thinking about what types of art appeal to you—but also how different types of art make you feel. For example: Do abstract designs make your brain buzz with inspiration and creativity? Or do they just seem like a big, splotchy mess? Do serene watercolor landscapes make you feel soothed and at peace? Or do they put you in a state of restless contemplation instead?
Remember: You are not everyone else. If the latest prints from leave your coworkers feeling energized and inspired but all they do is bore and confuse you… then maybe don't hang them on the walls of your office.
Consider adding color. Not only can it bring harmony and balance to an office space, but it also reflects your personality and helps create the environment you want. To start, ask yourself these questions:
One of the most popular ways to add interest to your walls is by including natural elements. Greenery, whether living or preserved, will bring a pop of color and texture to any room. They also have the added benefit of making small spaces feel larger. Large plants, such as fiddle leaf fig trees, can make a grand statement in a room, while smaller arrangements and succulents can create an interesting focal point on your desk or credenza.
With more indoor spaces being built every day, adding plants can greatly improve the air quality in your workspace. Research has shown that certain plants are very effective at removing toxins from the air like formaldehyde and benzene.
If you don't have access to natural light (a window) in your office space but still want to give indoor gardening a try, consider getting these low-maintenance varieties: jade plant, snake plant or cactus.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when selecting art for a space is to overthink it. I think this stems from the idea that artwork is somehow supposed to be “academic” or overly intellectual — in other words, you're supposed to understand and appreciate a painting in a way that's completely separate from your personal interests or preferences. But remember: art is personal! Your artwork will never be in an academic setting (unless you work at a museum), so there's no reason why it shouldn't both reflect who you are and make you happy every time you see it.
When choosing office art, select pieces that fit your personality and your space — but don't worry too much about how they'll be received by others. Remember: even if someone else doesn't like your art, they still have to look at it at least eight hours every day while they're working with you! If anything, having great artwork can be an icebreaker during meetings with clients or prospective customers — I love talking about my paintings with everyone who comes into my office, and I've found that most people are excited to talk about what strikes their own artistic fancy as well.
We spend most of our lives at work, so we should try to make our space as comfortable and visually appealing as possible. Art can have a powerful influence on employees, who will be more satisfied when their office is attractive and stylish.
Not only does art add to the aesthetic of any room, but it also enhances productivity and creativity. Art stimulates conversation, which is why it’s important for companies to select art that will complement the unique business culture they’re trying to create in an office space.
Art is one of the best ways to personalize a corporate space and express a company's values or goals. The right pieces can help convey what your company stands for while making your office appear more welcoming and approachable. When clients or potential employees visit you at work, they'll see that you really care about having an inviting atmosphere where people feel comfortable being themselves. Whether you choose abstract paintings or traditional landscapes, there are many different types of artwork out there which can help show off your personality without breaking the bank!
April 18, 2022
There are few things more beautiful than finding a piece of art that you connect with. The colors, shapes and textures can bring to mind so many different emotions and memories. The secret is that homes with art look better and make their owners happier. Of course, it's not hard to believe that having lovely artwork in your home looks good — it's science!
Don't be intimidated by abstract art. It's easy to find modern canvas art and decor pieces that match your personal aesthetic. Browse by space, size, or style to discover wall art with a hint of texture. Look for modern abstract paintings that complement your existing decor and create a unique look in any room. Instead of looking at decorated walls as static, consider them as functional pieces of furniture that can shape the mood of your room. You'll be surprised at how much impact one simple alteration can make in your home.
Art prints are printed on paper. They usually have a white border around the artwork and are available in a variety of sizes. These are one of the most affordable ways to own art, with prices starting at as little as $15.
Art prints come unframed and you'll need to buy or make your own frame. If you're not sure how to do this, ask a friend who's crafty, or try an online tutorial. Or consider buying an art print that comes with a frame designed specifically for that particular piece of artwork.
A canvas art piece is a great way to express yourself through art. You may choose a picture that means something important to you or one that sets the tone of your room. Regardless of what you choose, it will be something that expresses who you are as a person and what’s important to you.
If your art sets the tone for the room, then it can also help start conversations with friends and family members. For example, if all of your pictures are from memorable trips, then people visiting your house may feel free to share their own experiences with traveling. It’s a great way to get closer to the people in your life.
It’s also one of the most affordable ways to decorate your home or office space! Canvas art is less expensive than framed prints or paintings, making it easier on both time and money commitments when planning either a simple refresh or an entire redecoration of a space.
Last but not least, canvas art makes for a fantastic gift! People often want to add new pieces into their homes that represent their interests, personality traits, or big life events like travel and marriage. However, sometimes they don’t have the time or know-how to find exactly what they want. If you know someone well enough then choosing them an appropriate piece of artwork can be easy while still allowing them control over what they put up on their wall because they get final approval before placing any orders!
What is framed art?
Framed art is a combination of a framed piece of art and a mat. The mat is the area around the artwork, usually white, that is used to make the artwork look more attractive.
Mirrors are a great way to add interest and dimension to any room. Not only do they reflect beautiful artwork and home decor, but they also act as accent piece themselves. Mirrors can be placed anywhere and in any room. They can be displayed by themselves or in arrangements with other mirrors or wall art. The different sizes and shapes of mirrors allow you to play around with different arrangements until you find the one that fits your style the most. If you are working with a small space, mirrors will give the illusion of a larger area due to their reflection ability. Another reason to use mirrors is that they bring light into the room through their glass material, which gives off an airy feel in small areas that receive little natural light from windows.
If you plan on using mirrors for home decor, it is important that you maintain them regularly so they don't become damaged over time due to dust buildup or condensation upon contact with water vapor in the air. A cleaning solution should specifically be made for glass because this will protect your mirror without negative effects while removing dirt and stains on its surface.
Your home is your sanctuary. It should make you feel good, relaxed, energized (not drained), happy, at home and inspired. The best decor does all of this for you.
April 16, 2022
Some artists are hesitant to embrace canvas as a medium, believing that it’s not “serious” enough.
But the quality of today’s printing and the materials being used is so superior to what was available just a few decades ago that we think it's time for everyone to have a fresh look at canvas. After all, some of the most famous paintings in history got their start on canvas! And, with an artist-grade printed canvas from Milton Wes, you can rest assured that you're getting an archival-quality product that will never fade or yellow.
The canvas is wrapped around a wooden frame that is 1 ½ inch thick – the largest available in any art store. This makes it very sturdy and durable and because the canvas has been stretched over the frame, you do not need to frame it separately. The edges of the canvas are also cleanly finished in black which gives it a professional look.
A wall mount is included on the back so all you have to do is hang it on a nail or screw on your wall without needing to purchase one separately. The wooden frames are made from solid wood and are designed to last for years without showing signs of aging.
The inks and materials used to create the piece are guaranteed fade-resistant. Canvas fabric is resistant to fading. They will hold up under harsh conditions and last for years without damage or deterioration.
In addition to our exceptional pigments and resins, we also use cotton canvas that is specially treated with a proprietary formula of chemicals that makes it more resistant to the effects of prolonged exposure to sunlight. The wood frames used for all of our canvas reproduction prints have also been treated with this proprietary chemical formula, making them highly fade resistant as well.
If you are looking to add a beautiful work of art to your home or office, then a printed canvas is the obvious choice. Why? Because there is an extra layer of protection on the surface to prevent scratches or cracking. The UV protection helps keep the color from fading over time from exposure to sunlight and keeps moisture and other liquids from penetrating into the canvas. A printed canvas will last for years without any problems and even become more beautiful over time as it ages gracefully in its environment.
When you choose to purchase a printed canvas, the pieces arrives ready to hang with no additional framing necessary. The canvas is wrapped around a wooden frame that is 1 ½ inch thick – the largest available in any art store. Your art piece will arrive at your door sealed, and protected with bubble wrap or foam padding. The inks and materials used to create the pieces are guaranteed fade-resistant for up to 150 years, so you know that it will last for future generations to enjoy as well. There is an extra layer of protection on the surface to prevent scratches or cracking over time.
Have you ever been interested in a piece but wanted to know more about it? A little background on the artist, why they chose their subject matter, or the materials used to create it. With a reproduction, the artist isn’t around to answer your questions. Original artworks have an inherent value thats not possible with reproductions.
April 16, 2022
Buying directly from the artist is important to sustaining their work.
An artist can usually make somewhere between 50-65% of the sale if they are selling directly to you. If they go through a larger gallery, that number can drop to around 10-15%.
One of my main motivations of selling directly to you is because I want it to be sustainable for me and other artists. I also want people like you to be able to afford artwork without having to sell a kidney on the black market (not recommended).
Personally, I love to support small businesses and local businesses. This is why when making a purchase it is important to consider if your money is going to a small business or a large corporation.
When you support your local small businesses, you are helping to create jobs. While each person employed at the large store down the street may not be able to make as much money, these people will have more expendable income than their big-box counterparts that are traveling an hour across town for work. More money spent in our community will help keep our economy strong and growing.
Buying from a local online fine art gallery means that your piece, if in stock, will be shipped within 24 hours of purchase (not including weekends). This means that your art is on its way to you very quickly!
But what if you don't live near your local gallery? Your options don't end there. You can still purchase art in person, but first use the internet to communicate with the gallery and go over what you're looking for. The gallery can then send photographs of their inventory that fits your description, or they can set up a video call so you can look at the pieces together—a great way to find out how different works will fit into your home. Once you've made a choice, arrangements for payment and shipping are done online as well. Finally, if you're willing to travel to pick up your work in person, that's an option too!
Buying art at a local off-line gallery is a great way to support the individual artist and your local economy
When you buy from a small gallery, you are supporting an independent artist who makes unique work. Artists are individuals, not big corporations. Artists work hard and rely on the sales of their artwork for their livelihood. When you buy directly from them, your money stays in the community instead of going to a large company that may not even be based in your country or state!
Buying art at a small online gallery is also more personal than going through a large company. It's likely that you will be able to communicate with the artist directly if you have questions about his or her work. Unlike large galleries and companies, small galleries are easy for artists to work with because they don't require exclusive contracts, lengthy submissions processes, and high commission fees - which means all of the profit goes directly back into making more art!
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