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4 Frame Options for Modern Art

Feri and Joon offers four distinct frame options to suit any space, made with sustainably sourced Canadian wood.

Maple

Whether you’re wanting to add a bohemian or Scandinavian style print, maple frames are hugely popular. These paler woods are perfect for more neutral or paler spaces. I would recommend this frame to anyone looking for a lighter wood option.

Black

Black wood frames are a classic. These sleek and modern frames fit perfectly into a minimalist or contemporary room. Black frames are not likely to go out of style anytime soon. If you’re looking for a dramatic frame to add to a white wall, go for black.

White

A slightly different option for modern and minimalists alike. White wood frames are a clean, polished looking frame choice. If you have white or coloured walls, but don’t want a dramatic frame, go for a white frame.

Grey

Our grey frame is a darker natural look for your art print. If you’re more of a traditionalist with darker wood furniture, I would go for this option. Our grey frame suits traditional and woodsier spaces. This frame also suits a Scandinavian style interior perfectly. 

 

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.

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.

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.

Winter Whites

When you think of white, what is the first thing that comes into your head? Do you think it’s cold, stark or boring? More and more with the rise of minimalism and Scandinavian decor, white is making a come back in a big way.

Warm. Vs. Cool Whites

You may heard heard these terms before and thought they were kidding, but truly there are different types of white. Basically this means that you can either have a warm toned white that’s basically the world’s palest yellow or warm colour, or the palest blue that is basically white. When choosing artwork of furnishings for white rooms consider if you want to keep a cooler tone for a more modern design, or go warmer to a warm white. Art can really pop on a white wall, and it can make your space seem really cool and modern like an art gallery. Try to use artwork with black or bold colours to really stand out and bring some life into your space.

Mood and Vision Boards

If you’re anything like me, you love to scroll through Pinterest and pin all those aesthetic moodboards. To put it simply, mood or vision boards are like digital or physical scrapbooks. Whenever I start a new interior design project, my first step is to browse Pinterest to find the perfect vibe for my room. My next step is to create a moodboard.

Putting A Moodboard Together

I find the easiest way to start a moodboard is to center it around a specific colour palette or aesthetic. Say you want to create a room with lots of plants and neutrals, the first step is to grab some colour swatches. If you’re doing this in person, maybe grab some paint chips from the local paint store, or if you work digitally, feel free to use photoshop. Secondly, have lots of photos and tape. This is the fun bit, use tape to stick up a bunch of photographs that inspire you and fit into your moodboard look. Lastly, feel free to accessorize, this is the final step where you add bits and bobs that fill the space and fit the overall look (for example dried flowers, newspaper clippings, postcards or art prints). The next time you start and interior design project, I recommend this easy and quick step in the planning process.

 

Art in the Bedroom

If you’re anything like me, you have trouble finding that perfect piece to suit that one weird wall in your room. Fear not, we all have this same strange affliction, indecision. Maybe you’ve tried hanging several different pieces at this point, or it’s been a weird empty space for too long.
For bedrooms, I generally recommend hanging art over your bed, or on the wall across from your bed. I would use either a set of vertical artworks, or a large horizontal piece that fills up the space. Try to hang your pieces at least 15 cm over top of your furniture so that it doesn’t sit too low. In articles online, they recommend using calming abstracts or neutral photography for your bedroom, but I say if you’re going to be sitting on your bed a lot, choose whatever makes you happy. Feel free to use bolder or more modern pieces if they suit the space.

 

The Art of Being Cozy

Well friend, it’s beginning to be that time of year again. It’s time to bust out the warm socks and scarves, light a candle and snuggle up with a good book. As the year winds to a close and the days get shorter, take some time for yourself.

Eating and drinking

I am a strong proponent for seasonal eating and drinking. In the colder months, I tend to lean towards hotter foods and drinks. Some of my favourites include: tea, hot cocoa and soups. It’s the perfect time of year to dig out that slow cooker from the back of your cupboard and make a slow cooker stew.

Dressing for the weather

This may seem obvious, but I don’t just mean wearing oversized sweaters. I find with the colder months, my wardrobe tends to shift to more muted and darker colours, I favour plaid and heavier fabrics. I can also highly recommend wearing fleece lined tights (just a warm hug on your legs). If you’re looking for that extra bit of warmth, you can layers socks over top of your fleece lined tights for maximum level coziness.
Lastly reader, I am telling you to take some time for yourself. After the elections and the craziness of this year, please be gentle with yourself. Take a day to just do nothing, stretch out on your bed and binge some tv or read a book, enjoy the colder weather and get cozy.

What Does Your Wall Colour Mean?

It’s been proven that certain wall colours in your space can change your mood. Yes….this does sound like something someone would say to you while clutching crystals and telling you about their latest tarot card reading., but colours do genuinely have an effect on our mood. We tend to associate certain colours with feelings, like yellow with the sun.

Blue

Take blue for instance, what is the first thing you think of when someone says blue? Probably the ocean or sky. Blue is a great easy colour to work with since most people find blue calming. It’s also reasonably easy to decorate, add a white couch and some simple furnishings and your blue room is set to keep you calm and cool the whole year round.

“A certain blue enters your soul” -Henri Matisse

Brown

Brown wall colours have come very much back into vogue. Browns tend to be associated with the earth and nature. Brown is a colour that is neutral and simple to furnish. Keeping your rooms in a neutral colour palette keeps your space simple and warm.

White

White walls tend to be a bit polarizing. Some people find the light paint stark and harsh while many others say that it is sophisticated and bright. This can also be dependant on the kind of white paint you choose, whether you go for a cooler or warmer white. If you’re interested in a more modern and posh white, go cooler. A warmer white like eggshell tends to fall more into the classical styles such as shabby chic.
With modern pigments, the possibilities are endless, feel free to go for a bright cheery yellow, or maybe a dramatic pop of black. All I ask is that you stay far away from the colour you get when you mix yellow and black. Seriously the worst options out there.

 

What is Your Style?

Boho

Are you inexplicably drawn to rattan? Are earth tones slowly taking over your space? You’re space is probably in the bohemian style. Fear not, boho does not have to look like aunt Susan’s hippie apartment in the 70s. With earth tones very much in vogue, there are plenty of decor options for you. I would recommend keeping the artwork for the space minimal and in the same colour family. Add accents of campus grass or hanging textiles to finish off any wall.

Minimalist

If you prefer less fuss and like to keep things more sleek and modern, you’re probably drawn to minimalism. It’s fine if you threw out grandma’s souvenirs from her trip to New York, because honestly, you like your desk clean. Minimalism is synonymous with clean lines, bold accented colours and monochromatic decor. For decor, use modern furnishing and keep the artwork bold to bring an otherwise simple space to life.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci

Traditionalist

Did you think the first two options sounded a little pretentious? Does your house look more like a family home and less like a magazine? Are there dishes in your sink from two days ago (this is me telling you to please wash them)? You lean more to the traditionalist aesthetic. Keeping your furniture classic so it won’t go out of style anytime soon is a great choice. Use neutral colours that don’t offend the eyes and imagery that is easy to understand. I recommend the artwork for the space to be photography or botanicals that you won’t get tired of the longer you stare at it. I would also recommend using colours that are soothing and universally enjoyed such as blues, greys, browns and whites.