Cabin Fever

Happy New Years dear reader! With 2020 coming to a close, and a new round of lockdowns starting, you may be finding yourself with a strong case of cabin fever. The only prescription (no it’s not more cowbell) is to get out of your house.
I would recommend visiting a cabin or cottage if you can. Getting away from the city life can be a breath of fresh air. Maybe while you’re at your cabin, take some time to re-decorate. Cabin decorations should be soothing as they’re in a vacation home. Whether you would prefer lots of wood and neutral colours or a more modern take on cottage life, decor can really change your mood. For me, re-decorating and changing my space can lift my mood wonders. Even small changes like moving furniture around can alter the feel and look of a space dramatically.
With a new year beginning, remember to take some time for yourself (your pile of paperwork can wait another day, its already been on your desk for a week anyways Susan). I hope your holidays were healthy and happy, and your 2021 is a little brighter.

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5 Tips For Lighting Your Artwork

Natural Light

Try not to use natural light for your artwork. Direct sunlight can really damage the art, the UV rays will fade your prints and can be very harmful to paintings. Try to keep your artwork away from bright windows.

Bulbs

When lighting your artwork, considered the colour temperature in your space. If your piece is cool toned, I suggest using white LED lights, but if your artwork is warmer colours (reds, browns, etc.) go for a yellow bulb.

Track Lights

If you have more than one piece, track lights are an easy lighting solution. You can simply screw them into your ceiling and angle them towards your pieces. Try to keep the angle of the light somewhere around 30 degrees out from the wall to minimize the reflection in the glass of your artwork.

Picture Lights

If you really want to bring the focus onto one larger print, I would recommend using a picture light. These are really easy to instal in the wall, or can clip right to the frame. These are a classic option even used often in art galleries to light artwork.

Frame

Depending on the frame, the light on the artwork can be greatly affected. The frame can cast a shadow depending on the size as well as the frame can bounce colour onto a piece. If you’re using a more dramatic and thick frame, I recommend installing a picture light above the piece to make sure no strong shadows are being cast onto the artwork.
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5 Types of Artwork for a Guest Room

Landscapes

A spare bedroom should be a soothing comfortable space for any visitor. Having a beautiful abstract landscape painting is a great place to start. Keep the colour palette blues or neutrals for a calming effect. Coastal paintings are a perfect easy option for a spare room.

Photography

Another option is black and white photography. If your looking to design a more modern or minimalist room, add a dramatic framed black and white photograph. To keep the photography from visually weighing down your wall, try to keep the rest of the furnishings white, and maybe have some pops of grey or black accessories to match.

Floral

These framed pieces don’t have to look like your grandmother chose them for you. Add a modern abstract or line art floral to your space for a spin on a traditional guest bedroom artwork. Since these pieces tend to be detailed, stick to a simple clean frame so that the focus stays on the artwork.

Still Life

Modern still lives are incredible trendy right now in interior design. These elegant pieces usually feature a pot or vase and or some fruit. Line art or simple shapes take these old fashioned concepts into 21st century homes. I recommend buying a set, and placing them above either the bed or a side console in the room.

Neutral Abstracts

For those of you with a more Scandinavian inspired home, use a simple framed neutral abstract for your spare room. To create a peaceful Nordic space, use a thin black or neutral frame and keep the furnishings simple. Add some textured blankets and pillows on the bed to get that hygge feeling.
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3 Still Life Styles for Modern Spaces

Abstract Painting

Abstract still life paintings are definitely back in fashion, these classic pieces add an elegant look to any space. They're often modern painted florals in a vase, but are painted in a more abstract and impressionistic style, making them have that more modern feeling. Since these pieces are so detailed, so try to stick to a simple back or brown frame.

Ink

If you’re looking for a more minimalist approach, a black ink still life is for you. The ink brush style adds texture and visual interest, but the monochromatic palette easily lends itself to a minimalist space. These framed artworks are bold and eye catching against a white wall.

Vintage Poster

Vintage famed posters are making a huge comeback right now. A framed Van Gogh still life looks amazing in a gallery wall or a set. These more colourful pieces suit eclectic modern space. To add that modern feeling to a vintage print, use a thin modern frame.
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5 Gallery Wall Ideas

Art and Mirrors

If you’re into a more eclectic decor style, having a mix of framed art prints and mirrors in a gallery all is a great option. This look is perfect for a living room wall with lots of empty space and mismatched furniture. I recommend using vintage scrollwork framed mirrors to add some texture and visual interest.

Art all the same size

If your space is a little modern modern and minimalist, try going for a gallery wall of artwork in the same size. These simple and classic sets look great with a simple black or white frame and suit a hallway or stairwell.

Vintage art

For those of you who have vintage or maximalist spaces, I would recommend this option. For a more traditional room, use botanical prints, but for a more modern take, use framed vintage prints like a colourful Matisse work. Try to stagger the sizes but keep the artwork in a matching frame and or colour palette to keep the wall cohesive.

Framed art prints and posters

If you’ve spent any time on Pintrest lately, you have probably seen the gallery walls with mixed framed art and posters. These are a good option if you have a larger wall and need to fill in more space. Try to stagger the sizes of both the posters as well as your framed art prints. Since these gallery walls tend to be larger, practice the layout of your gallery wall on the floor before making holes in your walls to hang them up.

Art and plants

For any boho lover, mixing plants and art is a must. When mixing these, try to use air plants as they require little to no water, which will protect your artwork and walls. Another option is to use fake plants in pots with hooks to hang on the wall.
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4 Minimalist Art Ideas

Abstracts

Between line art, shape and textural abstracts, these pieces are perfect for any modern space. These are great for either going neutral, or adding a pop of colour to your space. Abstract art prints are great larger, they can be a dramatic piece on white walls

Photography

Black and white photography is a great choice for minimalist rooms. These are also a great option for a gallery wall. I recommend sticking to a simple black frame to fit into a minimalist space.

Landscapes

Modern abstract landscapes art prints have been rising in popularity for a while. These beautiful neutral paintings are a great more traditional take on minimalist art. These pieces suit the space over a couch, a mantel or a modern console perfectly.

Modern Botanicals

These line and shape based pieces are a really unique option for a minimalist space. If your space is colourful, stick to a simple piece with line art leaves, but if your room needs some colour, a vibrant shape based botanical print is perfect.
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3 Neutral Art Trends

Abstracts

These solid pieces can be a great neutral choice. They complement your decor and won’t be too eye catching. These pieces are perfect if your room already has a statement piece such as a table or couch. They’re often shape based with simple flat, warmed toned shapes and some subtle texture. Neutral abstract prints can tie a room together with pops of white of black that will complement the other decor.

Landscapes

If you want a more modern take on a traditional artwork, this is the way to go. These beautiful pieces are a perfect option above a couch or mantel. Neutral abstract coastal prints are incredibly popular right now for a reason, they’re really easy to style in modern homes. I recommend sticking to either a black or brown frame to complement these designs.

Line Art

Framed line art prints are perfect for any modern or Scandinavian space. These subtle pieces enhance a neutral room without being too overpowering visually. I recommend sticking to a simple piece with a brown or beige background with white or black lines. A white or black frame will enhance the simplicity of these works.
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