How To Choose Wall Art for Your Bedroom

How To Choose Wall Art for Your Bedroom

by Geri Radzim May 02, 2018

There is no space in the house as personal as a bedroom. It not just reflects the personality of the occupant, but stretches every bit to enhance the level of comfort desired. Art plays a key role in enhancing both the aesthetic and comfort level desired in a bedroom.

Here are some things you must keep in mind while choosing artwork for bedrooms:

Type of art: Most people prefer representational art in bedrooms because it represents their likes and dislikes clearly. However, abstract art inspired by a realistic subject is also a good option because it helps one to interpret it in its own way and have a deeper relation with it. Photographs work just as well, especially if they are clicked by the occupant of the room or are of something he closely associates with.

Colour choice: The art needs to be in sync with the room and to achieve this, colour plays a very important role. Repeating colour from the art in the decor increases its impact in the room, so look from cues from furnishing to select the art or go the other way round.

Positioning of the art work: Its very important to centre the art at eye level to have maximum impact. So consider if you'll usually be standing or sitting in the space, and select your eye-level height accordingly. When hanging art above a bed or sofa, keep the bottom edge of the frame 6 to 12 inches above the furniture.

Space matters:  Determine how much space you have available and search for pieces that are the right size. A rule of thumb is to have the art fill two-thirds to three-quarters of the wall. For contemporary art bigger frames are better, but if your room is small, then a big sized wall art could make it look smaller.

Mix it up: A mixture of paintings, photographs and sculpture collected over time and travels is a great way to add that personal touch and showcase different aspects of your personality. The idea is to display pieces that mean something to you.

Repetition: Repetition of colour is almost a must have from the painting and the decor, however, one could also consider repeating patterns from the painting to shape the furniture, or carpet or even an accessory. A painting with curves can be complemented with a curvy vase.

Use mirrors: Just like adding mirrors lends a volume to a room, placing mirrors skilfully can double the impact of your art work and allow it to be seen from various angles.

Decorating your bedroom should be all about having fun and making that one space that makes you feel yourself. So go ahead and bring in that "you" touch to it. Our thanks to

Ways to Buy Grown-Up Art Without Going Broke

Ways to Buy Grown-Up Art Without Going Broke

by ART PETRUS January 25, 2017

Like many decisions in life, buying art is easier when you're young. After all, no one is seriously going to judge you for that "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster you've got on your walls when you're barely able to make rent. But once you become a home owner (or tenant) of a certain age, you start to care a little more about what's in your place (and on your walls.

In a recent survey commissioned by online art dealer UGallery, 70 percent of people have never bought artwork — ever. And 20 percent found it to be the most intimidating shopping experience of all — more so than shopping for real estate or an expensive car. But while real-deal art collecting does require a certain degree of savvy, simply adorning your walls doesn’t. Here are 5 low-stress ways to do it, without setting foot in a gallery... or going broke.

1. Visit a small art fair. It's less intimidating

2. Don't bother with an expensive frame

3. Go to a garage sale. You might just find that perfect piece of artwork for next to nothing

4. Create your own work of art...attend an art class. Priceless!

5. Buy online

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Puzzled about Framing Puzzles?

Puzzled about Framing Puzzles?

by Geri Radzim August 30, 2016

Finished your puzzle and want to keep it forever? Lots of people like to frame their finished puzzles and there are many ways to do this yourself, or an easy solution is to take it to your local framing store and have it done professionally.

To transport your puzzle to a framer, make sure it is glued first - then sandwich it between two pieces of cardboard. Make sure to keep it covered to avoid damage.We recommend having the puzzle dry-mounted (adhered to a thick piece of sturdy foam board) before framing to preserve the puzzle seamlessly and make sure no pieces fall out. It 's also possible to simply glue your puzzle at home and find a frame that fits the size of your puzzle and frame it like you would a poster.
Ideally, puzzles should be covered with glass or a nice transparent plastic sheet inside the frame because the cover will protect the puzzle from fingerprints or scratches. The cover will also help secure the puzzle from collapsing or bowing from within the frame.

Many customers recommend using museum glass with built-in UV protection which will keep the puzzle colors looking vibrant for many years without fading.

Once the puzzle is framed, it will look great and last a long time.

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Buy Quality or Save Money?

Buy Quality or Save Money?

by Geri Radzim August 30, 2016

When was the last time you bought the cheaper pair of shoes (an imitation of the good ones) when you really wanted the expensive luxury version, only to find that they fell apart after one season?

It’s not about being frugal to save money—it means spending your money wisely. Which also means that something may be cheap now, but may cost you more in the long run.

There are two factors to think about when you're making a buying decision, whether it’s a t-shirt or a new car: Price and Quality. We live in a disposable world where just about everything can be affordably purchased, disposed of and re-purchased. Just because you can run out and buy a new jacket for your next important meeting doesn’t mean that you should.  A frugal person would make sure it was versatile for work and casual wear, in a colour and style that is simple and elegant and feels amazing and not just the current fashion trend.

For things that vary greatly in quality, whether it’s an apartment or an apple, I buy quality every time.

Recently I was looking for an all-weather jacket. Went to my favourite Italian brand store, found the jacket that fitted all my needs (no pun) and then found the Made in ? label, hidden in the tiniest pocket inside another pocket. Made in China. Not Italy. I was devastated. The quality just wasn’t the same as my loved 10 year old, Made in Italy, jacket (admittedly now not current fashion style and with a couple of worn edges). Needless to say I left it on the hanger.

Isn’t it better to buy just one jacket that is $900 which is gorgeous to wear, durable, practical and you just love it? Opposed to 3 jackets for $125 each, which feel rough against your skin, fall apart after one season and makes you feel ordinary?

As long as you can afford the upfront cost, you will be happier with your purchase for years to come. So, put your money towards things like longevity and quality, and of course, make sure you just love it!