When Winter inspires you

28 June 2016 / Art Tips

Have you ever wondered how to best position your favourite artwork?

“Someday, we will find what we are looking for. Or maybe we won’t. Maybe we will find something much greater than that.”

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Winter is here and it’s the perfect time to de-clutter and change things up a little. Pick a room and start to remove everything that no longer serves you or doesn’t appeal to you anymore.  Now stand back and check out those bare walls and repeat after me: “Art is a Soul Uplifter”.  It gives a room personality and warmth that pulls you out of a funk & improves your mood and the mood of your occupants.  There is no right or wrong way to hang a piece of art.  It is what feels right to you & makes you smile and feel good to be in the room.

So how do you get a handle on what feels right more quickly?  Through Colour and Style.

Not only does art on walls offer an injection of Colour and Style but it can also create a sense of movement when the energy feels a little stuck.   If you have ever watched waves come in or looked at a naked flame, then you will know what I mean.  The patterns are continually changing and seem to blend into what you are thinking.  They take you to another place, into a dream-like state that improves your well being and can soothe even the longest day.   So choose a picture that has flow in it or if it is a happy vibe you are seeking then look for art with light and bright colours.

Size is also important when positioning your piece of art.  The home-beautifier gurus will tell us that choosing large art in a small room helps create a feeling of more space.   Similarly collections of small pieces can give a corner or space character when the room is large and feels empty.

Should your favourite piece of art be framed? Watercolour art must always be framed (or behind protective glass) while canvases don’t necessarily require it. However, acrylic and oil canvases can look awesome when framed especially when a sense of richness or formality is required in a room. Generally, black or white frames never date.  Similarly, silver and gold are timeless.   However, one of my favourites at the moment is the refreshing look of white-wash wooden frames in which the picture is set back in the frame like seen in my earlier blog Happily Ever After Hearts. This type of frame creates a light, natural tone that is reminiscent of nature.  Lastly, when framing watercolour art always remember to ask for UV glass from your professional framer in order to prevent premature fading and ensure the life of your chosen art.

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