Winter Blues

Well, it’s that time of year again, the days are short and the holiday season is over. Many people tend to feel a little down this time of year. Have you been keeping up with your New Years resolutions (come on Susan you’ve only been to the gym twice, you can’t quit now).
This is the perfect time of the year to spruce up your space. As many people are working from home right now, why not tackle your home office? It’s time to take control of that seasonal depression and start fresh.
This time of the year, I recommend a couple of different colours to brighten up your space. I recommend decorating with yellow, creams or your favourite colour. Why not give your space a touch of sunshine? I don’t know where you live reader, but here it’s been quite grey recently. Whether you want to go full bright tropical art, or simply a soft yellow, try to add some colour. After all the whites, greens and reds from the holiday decorations, it’s about time you chose something different.
Next, try to rearrange your space. I know this might sound really simple, but even small changes like shifting your lamp to the other side of the desk can really make an interior feel fresh. Take some time to make your work space a little more productive and new. Home offices don’t have to be boring, you can a little more playful with them. Now, stop reading this post and please clean up that pile of paper that’s been sitting on your desk for the past month.

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3 Autumnal Art Ideas

You don’t have to use cheesy pumpkin and harvest themed art in your home to bring some fall elements and colour into your space. Instead use warm and muted coloured art and frames.

Warm Abstract

For a modern spin on autumnal art, use abstracts with deep browns, oranges and yellows. These cozy colours will bring fall tones into the room. Use a simple brown or maple frame to complement these pieces. These prints look great hanging above or sitting on a console.

Neutral Landscape

Instead of bright oranges, neutral browns, creams and beiges can be a good choice for this time of year. Landscapes are a great investment since they can be left up through the year but will match your warm toned autumn decor perfectly. These suit living rooms and bedrooms and are great for large empty spaces above couches.

Vintage Print

Vintage art prints give off that classic fall look. They tend to use muted warm colours that make amazing fall decor. These can range from red and orange William Morris prints all the way to muted Matisse prints. Mix and match these prints to create an autumnal gallery wall. 
Framed William Morris Print

6 Tips For Cleaning Your Artwork

 Cotton Cloth

Use a cotton cloth to gently clean your artwork. These are pretty safe to use on prints, paintings and sculptures. You could also use a microfibre cloth if you prefer using those. You can also use a barely damp cotton cloth to dust the frame. If your piece is on paper, try to avoid using water to clean the artwork or glass since it can leave water stains.

Olive-Oil Based Soap

This type of soap is perfect for cleaning the grime off of oil or acrylic based paints. It’s a gentle soap that will get the dust and dirt off your artwork without damaging it.

Q Tips

If your artwork or frame has texture, you may find that a cloth can’t get into the nooks and crannies. Using a dry or slightly damp q-tip on the frame will get the job done.

Soft Dry Brush

For dusting, a soft dry brush can easily do the job well. I recommend using these over cloths if you’re worried about water damage or if your piece is old and delicate.

Avoid Humid Areas

Humidity can cause mold to grow under glass and frames. Framed artworks should ideally be kept in dry areas.

Avoid Direct Contact With Sunlight

Direct sunlight can discolour or fade artwork making it seem dirty or old quickly. Try to keep artwork away from bright windows to make sure that your artwork stays vibrant for longer.
Soft Dry Brush For Cleaning Frames

3 Tips For Styling Modern Classical Art

Clean Modern Frame

To elevate these prints from vintage to modern, the frame will make all the difference. Stick to a simple white or black thin frame to modernize the classical style. These simple frames also complement the artwork well as the prints tend to be visually cluttered, so keeping a simple frame is important.

Style with Sculptures

There has been a huge resurgence in classical art and sculptures. A big 2021 and 2022 trend is modern classical artwork styled with greek statues or busts. You can either place these sculptures on a console underneath the artwork, or on a shelf beside the print. Try to use a bright white sculpture to complement the modern, clean style associated with modern classical design.

Keep Decor Simple

This design style tends to lean into minimalist and neutral colour palettes and decor. This includes white or cream walls, lots of bright and neutral furniture and pops of black or beige decor elements.
Framed Modern Classical Artwork

4 Art Ideas for the Danish Pastel Aesthetic

Matisse Prints

These pieces are perfect for creating a colourful, bright gallery wall. Print sets and gallery walls are extremely prevalent in this design style. Remember when creating a gallery wall of framed art prints, to stick to an odd number of prints and to keep the frames consistent or keep a unified colour palette in the artwork so that your wall looks cohesive.

Pastel Still Life

The more minimalist framed artworks featured in this aesthetic often feature a vase and will be brightly coloured. The colour block style of these artworks lends itself perfectly to the danish pastel aesthetic.

Botanicals

The danish pastel aesthetic heavily features both florals and botanical prints. These pieces can either be in a poster style or in a colour block style. These artworks are another perfect choice for a gallery wall.

Bright Classical Art

A playful reimagining of the classical art found in your grandmother’s home. These pink. blue and green pieces feature classical figures and statues collaged with cheerful colours and elements.
Framed Flower Market Danish Pastel Art Print

3 Art Styles For an Industrial Space

Photography

Black and white photography adds a modern and clean look to any industrial space. These framed modern artworks suit the darker tones in the interior design style. Go big with this artwork with a simple black wood frame and hang it either on a living room or bedroom wall.

Abstract Painting

The dark neutrals of industrial spaces sometimes need a pop of colour, which an abstract painting can easily provide. For a more minimalist approach, use a black, white and neutral abstract artwork. These pieces are perfect for hanging above a bed, adding texture and visual interest to your wall.

Vintage Poster

For a more eclectic feeling, a framed vintage poster adds a fun touch to an otherwise simple space. A framed poster gallery wall is perfect for a hallway or large living room wall. These pieces add colour in a playful way, but keep the modern vintage feeling associated with industrial spaces.
Industrial Bedroom With Framed Modern Art

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.
Installing a track light