In Good Shape

When adding a piece of contemporary artwork to your room, think about shapes. Shape based art has taken over the modern art world. These pieces add a bold and sleek pop of colour to your space. Even simple shapes can really elevate a space.

Organic Shapes

If you’re looking for a more relaxed piece of modern art, I would use more organic shapes. Keep the design loose with movement (simply put - flowing lines and rounded shapes). If your space is already decorated with very shark edges and furnishings, maybe add a softer shape based print.

Hard Edges

If you want to add a very sleek (and chic) piece of art, why not use harder edged shape pieces. This doesn't mean you have to add a random canvas with a single green square to your wall. There are plenty of pieces out there with harsh lines blended with softer lines or textures.

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Vintage or Dark Academia Art

Happy March reader, are you starting to get the spring cleaning or decorating bug yet? I know I have been, which brings me to one thing, Pintrest. Somehow, like many others I fell into a rabbit hole of vintage aesthetic photos and found something called Dark Academia. Now, I’m not going to talk about the fashion or ideals of this aesthetic, just the interior design style.
Vintage or dark academia rooms tend to be darker walls, with lots of wood, books and classical statues. Basically how I image an old Englishman named George Walker’s study to look. Even with the overwhelming rise in the minimalist style, many still prefer more traditional styles of artwork. This particular aesthetic tends to have art that reflects either a vintage style, darker colour palette, or classical statues. The furniture is wood, leather or old fabrics, with lots of big comfy armchairs to read your book in by a fireplace. Interestingly, this aesthetic seems to be bigger with teens and millennial, mostly becoming popular through social media. Why not move away from the all white abstracts and check out a darker and more warm toned style?

Art On Your Bedside Table

Hear me out reader, what usually sits on your bedside table, maybe your phone and clock? Many people have trouble styling their bedside tables, the problem is they’re small and only really used for essentials. A great solution to this problem is adding a piece of artwork.
It’s narrow so it won’t take up much needed space for your water glass or clock. You always see beautiful bedside tables in magazines, but the reality is they’re usually just places for stuff you want in reaching distance. You don’t want a thousand knickknacks, but you want it to have some personality beyond being where your alarm wakes you up every morning to an increasingly annoying pop cover. I would also suggest that the artwork sticking with a smaller piece of artwork with a simple or bright design.

Matisse Art Prints

Welcome back reader, I hope you had a pleasant week. Today I want to talk to you about the rise of minimalism and how Matisse art prints are making a huge splash in social media.

Minimalist trends have been steadily rising for years, bringing back more simple and graphic art styles. It would be strange to have a white room with simple furniture and an elaborate old fashioned painting, so decorators have chosen to stick with more shape-based artwork to compliment this design aesthetic. I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of influencers online with their fancy apartments and their Matisse art prints. Matisse is a great choice for simple decoration styles as his work is very colour and shape-based. This simply means he mostly painted colourful blobs. His other most popular prints are line art, again a simple drawing or painting that will match a more modern design taste.

It’s not only that his art is simple, Matisse is a name that a lot of people recognize. Most people don’t have a terribly diverse art history knowledge, but I would recon almost everybody has at least heard the name Matisse. Buying name brand clothing and accessories has been trendy and a status symbol for a long-time, and this is no exception with artwork. Buying artwork with a big name like Matisse on it can look upscale and fashionable.

Whether you purchase a Matisse print for the name, style or simple the trend, Matisse art prints are great pieces for any modern space. With a timeless modern style, it’s no wonder 67 years after his death, Henri Matisse’s work lives on in contemporary homes.

So, You’re Making a Galley Wall

Well well well, it seems you’ve given into social media and have decided to make a gallery wall like the one you saw online. Hanging a gallery wall isn’t nearly as heard as some people make it out to be, so friend, here are my steps for creating the perfect gallery wall.
First, you’re going to look like a weirdo and sit on your kitchen floor. I find the best way to plan a gallery wall layout is on the ground, that way you can clearly see if the pieces will fit well together without having to hold up pictures and squint at them hoping they look good together.
Next, assuming you’re happy with your layout and your feet having fallen asleep from crouching on the floor, get up and find some large paper. The best tip I ever got for hanging a gallery wall is to trace out the size of each artwork on paper, and then mark on the paper how far down the nail needs to go. This will save you so much time and arm strength. One you have all of your pieces cut out and nail placements marked on the paper, go ahead and tape the paper to the wall in the layout you had decided on the floor (try using painter’s tape so you don’t leave a mark). You can now make sure all of the paper pieces are straight.
Finally go ahead and put the nail into the wall trough the paper in the spot you marked. Once the nails are all in the wall, you can remove the paper and voila, you gallery wall art is ready to hang. These steps may seem silly and unnecessary, but I promise you it saves so much time and keeps you from making a ton of holes in the wall from all of the times you didn’t measure right. Now go friend, be free and create a gallery wall to post online and feed the public’s obsession. 

Art in Small Apartments

It’s another week and reader, if you're still here (or new here) welcome. This week I wanted to take some time to talk about decorating with art in smaller spaces. We can’t all be blessed with enormous gallery walls, some of us have smaller rented spaces.
Having been a renter myself for years, I hope I can offer you a few tips for decorating a small apartment. First things first, are you allowed to make holes in the wall? This may seem obvious, but some landlords are pretty strict about this. If your landlord is Satan incarnate and won’t allow you to hang art, you have several options. You can either use blue tack and stick up some prints and posters, or you can put your framed art on shelves or the floor. It’s become a pretty trendy option for people to have large prints on the floor, almost like a seated gallery wall.
Next reader, since you have limited space, you’re going to need to be selective about your art choices. I recommend keeping the personal pieces, such as family photos and mementos together. You can either group these together on the wall, or maybe have a few on a shelf or table. For the rest of your space, try to keep a cohesive style or colour palette so that the space seems more put together.
Lastly, friend, if you’re on a tighter budget or you’re a little more minimalistic, it’s better to just have one statement piece. Forget to gallery walls and stick to having one larger piece for a wall. This has the added bonus of taking up less space when moving. You don’t need huge quantities of artwork to elevate your space, try to find one piece that stands out.

Complete Guide to Line Art

Wow, reader you’re looking great! That new sweater really agrees with you. Oh, you want to know about line art? Well friend, look no further. Line art is exactly how it sounds, art based on line work rather than form. The most popular line art styles are comprised of one-line drawings, abstract lines, and inked drawings. Line art and drawings have been around for thousands of years, and it’s no wonder, ink and line art is simple and timeless.

Line art in a modern space

Having a clean modern space is the perfect vibe for line art. Now that minimalism is taking over, white, black and neutral spaces are on the rise. To keep your art in a minimal and clean style, I would recommend decorating with either a classic one-line drawing or using a modern line abstract. These simple pieces of artwork can really elevate your space.

Line art in a tradition space

If your space is a little more traditional, you can still make line drawings work. I would suggest moving away from the abstracts and stick to inked art. This can be anything from a pen and ink to a line art portrait. It will give your space some much needed class, but not look stark and foreign with the rest of your decor and furniture. For a less minimalistic look, you can also use line art with a neutral or coloured background.