Statement Art

by Lisa Doherty 15. May 2018 13:03

Be loud, be proud, make a statement!

You feel like you want to take a few risks with art and you’re thinking of buying a painting that really shouts and makes an impact when people visit your house. It’s unapologetic and is the centrepiece of any room.

Welcome to statement art.

How to make a statement

The keywords to any statement piece are big and bold. These are not small, polite pieces as they dominate the space, but also work with its surroundings. These works of art can be made up of bright colours, be period pieces or a dramatic abstract statement.

Set of 3 paintings red abstract A223 by Ksavera Art
Set of 3 paintings red abstract A223 by Ksavera Art Fluit Liefde by Zhana Viel
Fluit Liefde by Zhana Viel

The great thing about statement art is that it works well with any interior style, whether that’s antique, vintage, Nordic, minimal or modern, there is a painting for every taste, not to mention the fact that it can really offset the look you’re trying to achieve and help make that style pop.

Sunset boat in the sea  by MARIA ROM
Sunset boat in the sea by MARIA ROM

Where to hang a statement piece

Naturally, for anybody, or anything, wanting to be noticed it needs to be centre stage. Statement art is no exception and needs be the main focal point in a room. This means hanging it over a fireplace or on a wall where the eye naturally gravitates.

If your house has space, then the larger the piece the better to really stand out and be the main point in a room.

Neon Pink Cityscape by Nineke Havinga
Neon Pink Cityscape by Nineke Havinga

If you’re hanging it a bedroom, then over the bed is ideal, but make sure you get the right dimensions between the ceiling and the top of the bed, or headboard, to get maximum impact and to ensure the eye naturally hits the centre point of the painting.

The same rules apply if hanging it over a desk in a home office. Besides, studies, bedrooms and lounges, other rooms where this art would work include dining rooms or general social areas. A statement piece would also work at the top of a staircase.

Statement art for smaller spaces

As this kind of art is big and bold, a balance needs to be struck between standing out versus completely dominating the space, so it needs to be hung in a room where the painting isn’t overwhelming.

With this in mind, smaller areas such as bathrooms or small kitchens aren’t ideal for large pieces. If you live in a smaller space but would like a statement piece nonetheless, then going for a medium-sized painting won’t lessen the effect and can still make an impact.

Her Lips by ina Prodanova
Her Lips by ina Prodanova

By going for bold colour or striking monochrome the piece can still standout, especially if you have neutral white or cream walls. Again, make them the focal piece of a room to become art that’s hard to ignore.

ANOTHER GEOMETRIC DOODLE by Stephen Conroy
ANOTHER GEOMETRIC DOODLE by Stephen Conroy GRID by Neil Hemsley
GRID by Neil Hemsley

Statement portraits

Usually, people associate statement pieces with landscapes or abstract art, but portraiture can be just as impactful. An image of a person can be just as striking in a room, if not more so, than abstract or landscape paintings.

These days, portraiture is not what people traditionally expect to see in a room, so breaking with convention is also a great way to make a statement.

Male head study No 3 by jean-marc hoth
Male head study No 3 by jean-marc hoth

If you’re feeling bold enough, you can have a lot of fun with portraits by hanging a painting that may contradict the interior look you’re going for, which can also help enhance the statement piece.

A great example of this would be to hang an antique-style portrait in a modernist interior. The contrast of the two styles would certainly make a great conversation piece.

Christopher Gill is an artist who uses contemporary subjects but places them in a Renaissance-style portrait. It makes for striking works of art and ideal for a range of rooms and interior styles.

Girl in the Leather Coat  ( framed original )  by Christopher Gill
Girl in the Leather Coat ( framed original ) by Christopher Gill Lucia de MEDICI  by Shirley Wright
Lucia de MEDICI by Shirley Wright

Statement art on a budget

There is a perception that statement art is expensive, but this isn’t necessarily the case as you can make a statement on any price range – from £45 right up to £4,500.

If you’re looking to buy art as a future investment, but you’re on a tight budget, then why not do some research on up and coming artists or think about latest trends, such as digital art. Statement art isn’t something that only belongs to the rich and famous, it’s out there for everybody and every home.

Sweeten To Taste 3 by Simeon Machin
Sweeten To Taste 3 by Simeon Machin Blue Matter by Rob Thornham
Blue Matter by Rob Thornham

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Enjoy the Early May Bank Holiday With Springlike Art

by Gordon Smith 4. May 2018 09:26

The early May Bank Holiday weekend is here, and it looks like the weather throughout the UK is set to be warm and sunshiney, at last!

Artists love nothing more than celebrating the seasons through painting, sculpture and photography. Spring is traditionally one of the favourite seasons - with all its promise of warmth and life in the year to come.

Why not spend an hour or two of your downtime this Bank Holiday weekend perusing our nearly 40,000 artworks to find the perfect piece for your home?

To make the idea more tempting we're giving you a 15% discount code. Simply use the code MAY15 at the checkout to redeem your discount. Have a glorious weekend, art-lovers!

 

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Original Art and Gifts to Celebrate the Royal Wedding

by Lisa Doherty 2. May 2018 11:09

The wedding season starts with pomp and ceremony this year as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on May 19th. It will be the first royal wedding in six years since Prince William and Kate Middleton married in 2011. Who doesn’t love a royal wedding?!

If you’re getting married around the same time or this year, then huge congratulations! You’ll certainly never forget the year you got married, that’s for sure.

Art and weddings go together particularly well. A painting makes a really touching and everlasting gift and can also help the bride stand out even more with unique, one-off accessories.

We show you how art can transform and enhance this happy time.

Royal wedding

The royal family have been through good times and bad times and have dealt with their fair share of politics … just like a normal family then! They’ve also had a lot of weddings over the years that have triggered bridal dress trends across the globe. Remember Princess Diana’s dress?

Diana by Peter Mason
Diana by Peter Mason

With Harry and Meghan’s nuptials coming up, why not go with the trends, check out some regal portraiture and celebrate all things royal?

Ever since Andy Warhol turned the Queen into pop art, her Majesty has become an iconic figure and is frequently captured in paintings and photographs.

Queen Elizabeth  by Olga  Koval
Queen Elizabeth by Olga Koval

There are so many paintings of the Queen to choose from, as well as historic portraits of Princess Diana, so it’s only a matter of time before Kate and Meghan become iconic images in art as well.

Kate by Mel Davies
Kate by Mel Davies

For weddings taking place this year, buying a painting with a royal reference can also be a historical document for your family, as you will have something in common with the Windsor family, and, dare we say it, a bit of a royal connection.

Wedding gifts

If you’re getting married or going to a wedding over the next few months, but you’re stuck for a gift – or a wedding list - then art may just be the solution.

Wedding Day by Maxine Martin
Wedding Day by Maxine Martin

A painting can last pretty much forever, so a wedding gift would last throughout a marriage, children, grandchildren and beyond. It can be passed down through generations and inspire people whenever they look at it.

The gift of art can also be symbolic of everlasting love and be a permanent fixture throughout all life’s ups and downs. As a result, it’s a really touching gift that means so much more, not to mention more durable than cutlery or china.

SPRING TIME by Monika Luniak
SPRING TIME by Monika Luniak

It is now becoming more commonplace for the bride and groom to request that presents be replaced with a charitable donation instead. This is because most couples have everything they need for the home by the time they get around to marriage.

Art, however, is different as you can never have too much art, it’s not disposable or wears out and is something people always want in their home.

Getting Together by Jools Lawley
Getting Together by Jools Lawley Marriage UK 2013 by Philip Hart
Marriage UK 2013 by Philip Hart Infinite Love Glass Art by Pauline Thomas
Infinite Love Glass Art by Pauline Thomas Happy swans in love. Wedding present idea. by Olga  Koval
Happy swans in love. Wedding present idea. by Olga Koval

Art for the bride

Art isn’t only for the home, it can be worn as well, and there are artists out there who not only paint, but also create jewellery and accessories. Naturally, the bride wants to stand out on the day, and what better way than with unique, one-off pieces.

Bridal hair piece by Irum Iftikhar
Bridal hair piece by Irum Iftikhar Chunky Funky Bracelet (Milk) by Paula Horsley
Chunky Funky Bracelet (Milk) by Paula Horsley

If it’s the second time around for you, then this day is by no means less important. You still want to look amazing on the day, so why not treat yourself to some standout jewellery or accessories. And, if you’re the type of person who’s not keen on ‘showing off’, then a few subtle accent pieces can make a real impact.

Promise by Irum Iftikhar
Promise by Irum Iftikhar Red delight by Irum Iftikhar
Red delight by Irum Iftikhar Floral Headband 2 by Paula Horsley
Floral Headband 2 by Paula Horsley

Gifts for the wedding group

With the wedding group traditionally consisting of bridesmaids, in-laws, parents, flower girls, page boys and the best man, there’s a lot of people to thank for their help on the big day. Which means that buying presents to say thanks for all their help is a whole job in itself.

The Queen's Head, Underbank, Stockport At Night by Michael  Gutteridge
The Queen's Head, Underbank, Stockport At Night by Michael Gutteridge

With everything else to arrange, it’s easy to leave this job to the lastminute, but it’s always worth taking time throughout the wedding planning process to ensure you do take time to think about the gifts you’d like to buy.

Weddings are considered to be one of the most stressful times of a person’s life, so no doubt there will be a few tense moments with family and friends along the way! Take some time out, think about why you love that friend or family member, and get them a thank you gift to really show how you appreciate them and all the work they’ve done.

Very drunk indeed!  by Sara Sutton
Very drunk indeed! by Sara Sutton Golf club mantel clock by Malcolm Hull
Golf club mantel clock by Malcolm Hull Handpainted Silk Scarf  N.12 , Yellow and blue by Susana Zarate
Handpainted Silk Scarf N.12 , Yellow and blue by Susana Zarate Princess themed letters by Tracy Jolly
Princess themed letters by Tracy Jolly

The Honeymoon

…and relax. Wherever you’re going and whatever you do on your Honeymoon, make the memory last even longer with art.

If you’re off on an adventure, a trek, lying on a beach or wandering through a Mediterranean street, there will always be a painting to capture the essence of that special holiday.

Mediterranean Sunshine by Yary Dluhos
Mediterranean Sunshine by Yary Dluhos

Getting married can be an expensive process but buying art doesn’t mean you need to break the bank. We have art to suit all price ranges and tastes, so you don’t need to bust your wedding budget starting married life with the painting you love, which leaves us just to say congratulations and good luck on the big day. And congratulations to Harry and Meghan!

Moonlit Beach Couple by Steve Hawthorn
Moonlit Beach Couple by Steve Hawthorn From one Extreme to Another by Anna Cumming
From one Extreme to Another by Anna Cumming

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Spotlight on: Sally Lancaster

by Lisa Doherty 27. April 2018 09:00

Sally Lancaster is a Devon-based artist who specialises in figurative art. She is largely self-taught, and her paintings focus on movement, muscle, motion and tone.

She recently appeared on the global TV show Colour in your Life, which takes an in-depth look at her paintings and shows Sally at work in her studio. The programme also looks at how artists, in general, manage the ongoing process of selling their work.

One thing that’s made clear in the show is that great painting takes time and patience. So, looking at Sally’s art in a bit more detail, we show you what’s involved when artists go through the creative and artistic process.

Figurative work

Having started her career painting pet portraits, Sally moved on to focus on equestrian art - predominantly studies of racing, dressage and polo horses that were captured in motion to highlight muscle tone and light and shade.

In recent years, however, she has moved away from equine art to focus more on figurative studies, which includes dancers. Again, like horses, the human body enables her to capture motion and form, as well as light and shade.

Curvation by the artist Sally Lancaster

Curvation by Sally Lancaster

To enhance the figurative form, Sally captures bodies in ‘stretched’ or elongated poses, which really enhances their build and highlights the detail and honed musculature of the subject’s body. Not only that, but the fact that Sally portrays figures mid-movement really makes the viewer want to imagine what they’re going to do next.

Material Feeling by Sally Lancaster
Material Feeling by Sally Lancaster

In order to capture the movement and muscle of her subjects, Sally holds a photoshoot in a local theatre hall and, through the use of blackout blinds, she puts the space into darkness in order to control the light source and enhance the variations between light and shade.

Sally then directs the model to move into positions and angles that will make for strong and compelling subject matter. Once the shoot is done, she then sorts through the images to create a portfolio, or shortlist, of potential paintings.

Reach by Sally Lancaster
Reach by Sally Lancaster

The creative process

Once Sally has chosen an image from the shoot, she then gets to work on creating her art. As you can imagine, this much detail doesn’t come out on the canvas overnight, so, on average, her paintings take over a month to produce.

The reason for this is because not only does she have to draw and paint the figure, but also work on the intricacies involved in light and shade, which can be very complex. And there’s a lot more to light and shade than black and white.

In fact, there are many shades, well, in shade. For example, if the subject is placed against a blue backdrop, then these colours will manifest themselves in various tones on the figure or surrounding areas.

To help capture this and help her gauge colours, Sally works alongside a large monitor with the photo of the subject on display. This enables her to zoom in and out of detail and clearly pick-up these tonal shades.

You can see this detail in ‘Fragile Transparency’ where the dancer is shrouded by a veil, so not only does Sally have to capture the dancer’s form, but also the light and shade in the folds of the veil. Trust us, this is not an easy task!

Fragile Transparency by Sally Lancaster
Fragile Transparency by Sally Lancaster

Interiors focus

As is common practice with most artists, Sally looks to exhibit her paintings wherever possible. She currently has her work on display at Lympstone Manor, which is owned by Michelin starred chef, Michael Caines.

Sally Lancaster's work on display at Lympstone Manor

A display of Sally Lancaster's work at Lympstone Manor

If you’re thinking of buying one of Sally’s paintings and you’re in the Devon area – or you’re even going to stay at the Manor - then this is a great opportunity to see how her paintings look from an interiors perspective.

As you can see in the photo, the copper tones and creams of the bar area really help make the painting stand out and be a striking focal point in the room. It’s also positioned in a way to make a great talking point while at the bar.

Seeing a painting in real-life, or in situ, can really help with the decision-making process and help you see it from a different perspective as well, so getting to see an artist’s work ‘in the flesh’, or using a room visualiser, can make all the difference.

Price range

With this much detail and skill, Sally’s paintings start from around £2,000 and up into the £5,000 price range. Our premier Artists are carefully selected and are noted for their outstanding work and reputation, so their work is priced accordingly. All Sally’s paintings are sold with frames, which does save on the additional cost of having to go to a framer.

Sally’s reputation is growing year on year, and she is a highly respected and regarded artist. With that in mind, purchasing her work could be viewed as a long-term investment. Not to mention that the subject matter will always be of interest to people and it’s hard to tire of looking at her work.

There are ways you can invest and own one of her paintings, however, such as the Own Art scheme, which can help you make those dream purchases with interest-free monthly instalments.

We are proud to say we are part of the scheme, so if you’re thinking of buying one of Sally’s paintings, then get in contact and let’s see how we can help.

Final note. Calling all male dancers!

Currently, Sally uses a female dancer for her paintings, but she is also keen to focus on figurative studies of the male form. If anybody knows a male dancer that would be happy to pose, then get in contact. They will be captured permanently on canvas and become a work of art, an amazing opportunity!

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Latest Interior Art Trends

by Lisa Doherty 18. April 2018 11:54

This year is proving to be an exciting year for interiors. There are such a wide-range of trends to help transform your home and suit every taste. We take a look at some of the top predictions and show you the art you need to make that style pop.

Folk or global style

For fans of tradition, or those who love to see the world and experience different cultures, Folklore and travel have been combined to create a global look. The key colours for this style are Terracotta, muted greens or sage and off-whites, which are offset by patterned textiles and wall hangings.

Example of folk/global style

Image courtesy of Dulux.

From an art perspective, this is all about pattern with a naïve twist. So, paintings that have a folk element, or a global tone to them are perfect for these interiors. This means looking for art that is more simplified and patterns that have a textile feel to them.

Creative Africa by Robert Niland
Creative Africa by Robert Niland Leaf Art #1 by Jo KC Ellis
Leaf Art #1 by Jo KC Ellis Green Palm by Jo KC Ellis
Green Palm by Jo KC Ellis African Tribal Women by Irina Rumyantseva
African Tribal Women by Irina Rumyantseva

Colour pop

As a nation, we’re getting much bolder and confident with colour, and this is being reflected in interiors. In fact, Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2018 is Ultra Violet, which is a vivid purple, and marks the start of a trend in rich pigments, such as yellows, emerald greens, and blues.

Example of colour pop

Image courtesy of Swoon Editions

Even though we’re getting braver with colour, it is understandable that some people may be a little nervous about using it to cover a space. If so, then art is a great compromise as it allows you to be bold without saturating a room. With that in mind, you could have white or off-white walls and use art to provide that striking colour pop. Abstract art is great for this style, as are landscapes.

Despite the cold - XXL abstract painting - XXL abstract painting by Ivana Olbricht
Despite the cold - XXL abstract painting - XXL abstract painting by Ivana Olbricht Yellow line by Poonam choudhary
Yellow line by Poonam choudhary

Touchy feely textures

Alongside the Global style, texture is becoming more popular and we’re seeing large-weave rugs, carpets, baskets and wicker-style seating and lampshades becoming key interior features. This is no less the case with art as there a wide range of artists bringing texture to their painting with rough brush strokes and layering. This style of art complements the textured interior look well.

Table and chairs

Image courtesy of John Lewis

Portraits, abstract and three-dimensional art are styles to consider - or any paintings that use strong textures - when enhancing this look. Especially textured paintings with colour, as woven materials tends to be a neutral tone and can look a bit flat when used too much. Basically, this is a chance to be bold and really make a statement. Mid-Century art is also a great style to go with this look.

Mojito by Kerry Bowler
Mojito by Kerry Bowler Down in the Valley by Andrew Alan Johnson
Down in the Valley by Andrew Alan Johnson

Totally tropical

The tropical trend is set to remain popular this year and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. One of the reasons for this is, not only because it can create a warm and relaxing space, but it’s a style that you can have a lot of fun with.

Tropical themed bedroom

Image courtesy of Dunelm

Whether you want to just use hints of the tropical, by using art and accessories, or go all out with wall colour and house plants, there are no holds barred. As you would expect with this look, greens, reds and yellows are key colours.

Starfish by Jean Tatton Jones
Starfish by Jean Tatton Jones Organic2 by Jean Tatton Jones
Organic2 by Jean Tatton Jones Tropical forest by Viktoriya Gorokhova
Tropical forest by Viktoriya Gorokhova Blue and Yellow Macaw by Zoe Elizabeth Norman
Blue and Yellow Macaw by Zoe Elizabeth Norman

Latest art trends

It’s not just interiors that focus on trends, but the art world does as well. Currently, digital art is opening-up a world of opportunities for artists, and, as a result, we’re seeing a fusion of photography, paint and illustration to create mixed media imagery.

Artists are also using digital as an opportunity to be more creative with light studies as well, which has led to colourful and almost surreal images that play with and use technology to their advantage.

And the sky turned pink by Elisabeth Grosse
And the sky turned pink by Elisabeth Grosse Birds V / Limited Edition Print on Canvas by Anna Sidi-Yacoub
Birds V / Limited Edition Print on Canvas by Anna Sidi-Yacoub

Digital is also being used to create painterly paintings that have the feel of a photo negative and is making for really interesting viewing. If you’re someone who is forward thinking and are looking to invest in art of the future, then this digital is certainly marking the way.

Apple Blossom by Kathryn Edwards
Apple Blossom by Kathryn Edwards Sunrise in the forrest by leslie garrett
Sunrise in the forrest by leslie garrett

Whatever your interiors tastes, we most certainly have the art to match. Not only that, but we have paintings to suit every budget as well. Our budget search buttons mean you can go straight to the images in your price range, to avoid any distractions or lengthy searches. What are you waiting for, go get creative!

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Art for Interiors: Mid-Century Paintings

by Lisa Doherty 20. March 2018 09:45

People are passionate about the Mid-Century look. It’s iconic, stylish and not at all out of place in a 21st Century interior. For most people, once bitten by the Mid-Century bug, there’s no going back.

As with all great interior trends, art complements décor and furnishings to help finalise and set-off a specific look that is trying to be achieved. This certainly isn’t any different with the Mid-Century style.

Unfortunately, Mid-Century does have a bit of a reputation for having quite unattractive or ‘tacky’ art, but this really isn’t the case. Before you think brown and orange abstract paintings, or the Green Lady, think again. There’s a lot to this look than meets the eye.

What is Mid-Century style?

The Mid-Century period starts around 1933 and comes to an end in 1965, and spans a significant period in world history, which includes the end of the second World War, the start of the Cold War and an obsession with space exploration and the future.

Naturally, this climate impacted and influenced artists and we start to see an increase in Abstract Art and Abstract Expressionism from painters such as Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian and Marc Rothko. We also see the birth of the Pop art movement during this time, so there are a lot of styles to choose from!

Hedgehog Spray by LEO BROOKS
Hedgehog Spray by LEO BROOKS Other People's Paintings Only Much Cheaper: No.3 Mondrian. by Juan Sly
Other People's Paintings Only Much Cheaper: No.3 Mondrian. by Juan Sly

This was also an iconic period for furniture designers and architects who responded to the political climate with futuristic and experimental furniture that still hold-up as examples of great design to this day. The Eames chair is probably the most famous, as well as the Tulip chair by Eero Saarinen.

From a high street perspective, this period also saw furniture combine function and design to create a more stylised home. These manufacturers included G-Plan, Parker Knoll and Beautility. Again, today, their furniture has now become highly desired and sought-after.

How to choose a Mid-Century painting

Abstract art and portraiture are key artistic styles for the Mid-Century look. The key colours and tones are muted orange, brown and blue, which may sound a little drab, but they have been brought up to date by today’s Abstract Artists to be more vibrant and vivid.

Geometric shapes were also popular in art during this time, so it’s worth considering this when looking for a painting that best matches the Mid-Century look. This was also a time of texture in art as well with the use of thick, visible brush strokes and also decorative, or three-dimensional wall art.

Mid Century Madness by Lisa Vallo
Mid Century Madness by Lisa Vallo

Through Abstract Expressionism, Jackson Pollock and Marc Rothko tried to capture noise, emotion and even music on canvas. Capturing these in a painting has been a long-held pursuit of artists, who have tried to convey this in so many different ways. Pollock and Rothko did this by dripping paint, soft tones or ombre, and the use of colour.

Sound Waves 04 - Limited Edition Lithograph by M K Anisko
Sound Waves 04 - Limited Edition Lithograph by M K Anisko

There was also a futuristic element to this period, as there was an obsession with robots, aliens and space exploration, all underpinned by the fears of the Cold War. This was also known as the Atomic style, which uses a lot of lines, dots and circles, again, in an Abstract style.

RETRO ROBOT Returns by Tony Lilley
RETRO ROBOT Returns by Tony Lilley Corona  by Robin Gray
Corona by Robin Gray

Mid-Century Portraits

This period saw the home evolve into a place of comfort and style, and not just a functional space. As a result, art became more mainstream and could be bought on the high street - remember Woolworths? - which became very popular and led to some paintings, such as The Green Lady or Mysterious Girl, become iconic statement pieces for this time.

To bring this look up to date, there are portraits you can buy with a Mid-Century twist that reference famous portraits from this period. They do this through the use of tone and colour scheme, as well as a softness with the brush.

These portraits also took on a more global perspective as they portrayed women from other countries and cultures in a more relaxed pose - as opposed to the more formal, European paintings - which was considered ground-breaking, and very popular, at the time.

HER GAZE / 60 CM X 42 CM PORTRAIT PAINTING ON PAPER by Anna Sidi-Yacoub
HER GAZE / 60 CM X 42 CM PORTRAIT PAINTING ON PAPER by Anna Sidi-Yacoub

60's Woman 1 by Victor White
60's Woman 1 by Victor White

The best rooms for Mid-Century

There are a lot of muted tones in the Mid-Century look, so choose a room that is bright and airy and can carry-off the look. Otherwise, a room that has quite poor light is at risk of looking very brown and quite drab.

Furniture-wise, this style uses a lot of wood and leather, so again, it needs a bright space to have impact. A bright conservatory, dining area, living room, study or home office is great for this style. Use sparingly in kitchens or you’re at risk of being overwhelmed by wood. A great alternative, especially for dining furniture, is to go with a round, white table and Tulip chairs, with bright cushions to break things up a bit.

A Mid-Century interior is a lot of fun to design. It’s helped that there is also a lot of art out there - especially on our site - to help you complete the style, create maximum impact and transform your space. Have fun!

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How to Hang a Painting

by Lisa Doherty 7. March 2018 11:59

If you’ve invested in buying real art, then you want to make sure it stands out and always catches the eye when hung on a wall. And, although the actual process of hanging a painting is straightforward, how to frame, place and get the right measurements for maximum impact is a different thing altogether.

Here are our top tips on how to hang a painting and get the most out of the art you love.

What frame to choose

A lot of paintings on our site have already been framed, but it is standard practice to expect a canvas to arrive without one, which gives you more scope and flexibility to buy the frame you want.

To make that choice, it’s best to look at the style of painting first and work from there. The key to framing success is to make sure the art does all the talking - the frame simply helps bring that out.

Gold or gilded

Ideal for a simple still life, abstract painting or a clean and uncluttered image. If you’re going for a more classical look, then gold keeps to that tradition.

Black gold II by Birgitte Hansen
Black gold II by Birgitte Hansen The Toy Boat by Stephen Clark
The Toy Boat by Stephen Clark

Coloured

A frame that uses the same tone as the dominant colour in the painting. This complements the painting, enhances the image and merges the frame with the art into one whole.

Girl in a blue dress ( framed original ) by Christopher Gill
Girl in a blue dress ( framed original ) by Christopher Gill

Natural Wood

A versatile and popular choice, which is great for natural scenes, such as landscapes, portraits, still life’s and photography. They also work with contemporary art and can enhance a minimalist or mid-Century painting.

Starman by Sara Sutton
Starman by Sara Sutton

White Wood

Another popular choice for retro posters or paintings bursting with colour. If you’re hanging a painting against a dark wall, then a white frame can really stand out and show off an image.

Lights in the sky (large) by Paresh Nrshinga
Lights in the sky (large) by Paresh Nrshinga

Metallic

Black metal is the go-to frame for photography and can be bought in a wide-range of thicknesses. It also comes in a wide range of colours to work with nearly all styles and genres.

Sunset over a Scottish Loch by Louise Cairns
Sunset over a Scottish Loch by Louise Cairns

Choosing the thickness of a frame is purely a matter of preference, but the rule of thumb is that thinner frames take less attention away from a painting than a thicker one. When choosing a metallic frame, it’s always worth veering towards a matte texture to avoid shine taking over the painting.

Selecting the right wall

If you’re hanging a small painting, the it’s best to hang it on a smaller wall or space, a larger area will drown-out the image. If you do want to hang it on a larger wall, however, then smaller painting hangs well next to a bigger image or a cluster of paintings, like a gallery wall.

A painting needs light to show it off, but not too much that it affects the canvas or photo, so look for a bright space that isn’t in direct sunlight. If the wall you want to use does have strong sun, then you can buy anti-fade glass from a framing specialist.

Art should always be hung at eye level, so placing it too high will leave you straining your neck too look at it. the rule of thumb is that the midpoint of a painting should be between 50 - 60 inches from the floor.

Hanging over a bed, sofa or mantelpiece

There is a different rule when hanging a painting over furniture or a mantelpiece. The whole idea of hanging a painting over a bed or sofa is for the painting to work with the furniture and almost be an extension of the interior design.

Basically, there should be a connection between the two, as opposed to an image floating on a wall. To make this work, the bottom of the frame should be 8 to 10 inches above the piece of furniture.

If you’re going for a more relaxed or eclectic look, then a painting also looks good simply leaning against the wall on a mantelpiece.

Buying the right hanging kit

Most multi-purpose or hardware stores sell a wide-range of picture hanging kits for all types of art. A small piece can be hung simply with a nail and picture hanger, but a larger, heavier piece will need hanging wire or strong string for a more even distribution of weight.

Make sure you use nails that are around 1inch in length as anything over that will be too long and will leave the painting sticking out of the wall, and anything less will be too short.

If your walls are made from brick or plaster, then it’s more advisable to use a screw and rawlplug to secure it in place. Always make sure you use screws with a small head.

In all, there is a lot to consider when hanging art, but it’s worth going through the process to have a knockout painting that brings a wall to life, and leaves you feeling it was worth every penny spent!

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Art for Interiors: Art Deco Paintings

by Lisa Doherty 6. March 2018 16:56

The Art Deco look has become a timeless classic. Interior trends have arrived, gone, come back and gone again, but Art Deco has remained constant.

The main reason for this is because it is a style that remains modern in its look and feel and doesn’t seem to date. Not only that, but it’s constantly evolving to work with contemporary interiors.

If you’re in the process of recreating this style in your home, we take a look at how Art Deco  painting and photography can help you complete the look.

The Art Deco style

Originating in the 1920’s and 30’s, Art Deco is made up of strong geometric lines and shapes, such as triangles and circles, and also uses bold colours. It was heavily influenced by the latest technology of the day and drew from artistic and creative styles from the Orient and Persia.

The style grew out of a need from Designers, Architects and Artists to create a more ‘modern’ look. This new look was immediately popular and became a key style for almost anything, such as buildings, fashion, furniture, and, of course, art.

For Art Deco artists, the Cubist and Fauvist art movements were the main influences, and you can see this clearly in paintings through the use of strong, ‘block-like’ figures and shapes, and bright colours, such as yellow and red. The key artists of this movement consisted of Tamara De Lempicka and Sonia Delauney.

MANSCAPE 3 by John Varden
MANSCAPE 3 by John Varden

A coffee with Tamara de Lempicka by Jean-pierre Walter
A coffee with Tamara de Lempicka by Jean-pierre Walter

How to choose an Art Deco painting?

An Art Deco painting is very distinctive and easy to recognise. They also tend to stick mainly to three themes, which are figurative studies, abstract shapes or landscapes.

If you’re looking for a figurative image, then the Art Deco movement focused mainly on nude studies or portraits. If you’re especially influenced by the work of Tamara De Lempicka, then look for portraits with accentuated curves, or with a ‘solid’ or ‘heavy figured’ feel to it.

The Art deco period was also a time of innovation in travel and transport, as cruise liners, high speed trains and air travel became more affordable and increased in popularity.

As a result, posters became even more popular during this period and were treated as works of art in their own right, so think iconic London Underground posters or adverts for trains, Cars, or Cruise ships. Who doesn’t love this style?!

Two Figures, Aqueduct by Miles Bodimeade
Two Figures, Aqueduct by Miles Bodimeade

Cat and I. by Carron  Howe
Cat and I. by Carron Howe

In the morning by Florentina(anca)  popescu
In the morning by Florentina(anca) popescu

BSA motorcycle poster by Michael Gadd
BSA motorcycle poster by Michael Gadd

Modern art deco

If you want to create a more modern Art Deco look, then it’s worth looking at abstract art or photography to bring the look up to date.

Modern Art Deco colours are still very much based around monochrome, but they are now mixed with elements of pastel Pink, Gold or Green.

This is the beauty of this style and one of the reasons why it has stood the test of time, as it can be adapted, brought up to date so easily and work with a modern or traditional look.

The City at Night by Neil Hemsley
The City at Night by Neil Hemsley Beginnings by belinda jackson
Beginnings by belinda jackson DUVER VIEW by Suzanne Whitmarsh
DUVER VIEW by Suzanne Whitmarsh

The best rooms for Art Deco

As we all know, the 1920’s are synonymous with partying, so this look does tend to work better in the more social spaces around the home, such as lounges, dining rooms or even the home-office. This style also works in bedrooms and bathrooms, so you can wow house guests when they come to stay.

Overall, Art Deco is quite an indulgent and decadent style, so it works well in a room where you can really show-off. As a result, you can either go all out for patterned wallpaper or go for a sleek monochromatic look, which is broken-up with pops of colour from fabrics or paintings.

The Art Deco style also calls for a lot of geometry, not just through shapes, but also in the use of furniture and accessories such as lamps and chairs, which are always used in pairs to balance out a room.

This geometry is also worth considering when choosing art. A painting that works as a pair – also known as a diptych - can be placed either side by side or further apart on a wall, which could provide balance over a fireplace or desk in a home office.

So, whether you’re in a new build, or even a Victorian home, there is a lot of scope and range to work with. And, even if you’re a modern or traditional Art Deco-ist, this is a style you can have a lot of fun with.

Art is a great way to help you express your look, but don’t think it is something that is the left to the pursuit of the super-rich; there are paintings available to suit all budgets, tastes, and of course, styles…so what are you waiting for, it’s time to get creative!

The Three Hills (Diptych) by David Moore
The Three Hills (Diptych) by David Moore Waterloo by Rebecca Coleman
Waterloo by Rebecca Coleman Surrey Landscape 7 by Jan Rippingham
Surrey Landscape 7 by Jan Rippingham

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Inspirational Art to Lift Your Mood

by Lisa Doherty 12. February 2018 12:29

"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless." Jean-Jacques Rousseau 

Art is good for you. It can help reduce stress, it’s therapeutic, and is a source of constant inspiration. In fact, brain scans have revealed that looking at works of art triggers a surge of dopamine into the same area of the brain that registers romantic love.

If you’ve spent time designing an interior you love, then adding art to the walls will, not only give a room a focus, but can also help shape a thought-provoking and creative environment.

We look at how inspirational art can transform your home, how it boosts creativity and helps with relaxation.

What is inspirational art?

Quite simply, inspirational paintings are usually landscapes, seascapes or abstract paintings. When you look at them, it gets those creative juices flowing, and lets your imagination run wild.

The reason for this is because they’re not telling you how to think. They are scenes, shapes or brush strokes that are open to interpretation. As a result, they trigger thought and curiosity, and let the mind wander.

That’s not to say a figurative painting can’t be inspirational as they can also be thought-provoking. Images based around dance or movement are great examples of how you can let your imagination run free.

Structured abstract by Peter Cross
Structured abstract by Peter Cross

Inspirational art is about paintings that leave you with more questions than answers. Every time you look at the piece you come up with a new thought or idea around the image, which, in turn, proves to be a constant source of inspiration. 

Manifestation - a winter woodland landscape with deer by Gill Bustamante
Manifestation - a winter woodland landscape with deer by Gill Bustamante Just Go. by Laura Kinnell
Just Go. by Laura Kinnell

How to choose?

Like everything with art, your choice should be based on a painting you love. Remember the Dopamine surge?

However, it is important to remember that buying art is also a financial decision, so it’s worth considering a few other elements before you hit the checkout button.

The first thing is whether the painting matches your interior style and colour scheme. A painting can transform a room, but it can also clash and look uncomfortable if it doesn’t work with the look and feel of a room.

Secondly, think about how you want the painting to make you feel. You can be inspired in many different ways, whether it be creative or spiritual, so think about whether the image needs to ignite ideas or be a calming or mindful influence. 

Structured abstract by Peter Cross
Structured abstract by Peter Cross Above Grasmere by Kevin Sean O'Connell
Above Grasmere by Kevin Sean O'Connell Morning Blues'  by Kerry Bowler
Morning Blues' by Kerry Bowler

Best rooms to hang inspirational art

Essentially, you can hang inspirational art in any room, but again, think about its purpose. A piece that gets the brain thinking and buzzing is best for a home office or work space, and a relaxing piece is more suited to a lounge or living area.

Another great place for inspirational art is in the bathroom. We tend to get some of our best ideas in the bath or shower, so why not hang art that provokes thought in there. It can also help get you energised and inspired for the day ahead.

Ultimately, it’s best to hang inspirational art in a place where you will look at it and engage with the image, so think about places in your home where you have quieter moments and take time to reflect, or spaces that make you feel your most creative.

Entangled 6 by Rachel Mccullock
Entangled 6 by Rachel Mccullock I've Reached That Happy Place by susan wooler
I've Reached That Happy Place by susan wooler Coastal Waters by Sarah Blakey
Coastal Waters by Sarah Blakey Dungeness by Jonathan Talks
Dungeness by Jonathan Talks Inner Realm by Stefan Fierros
Inner Realm by Stefan Fierros

How to find inspirational artists

We mainly buy paintings that we love, but it’s also useful to find out more about the artist and how they work to get a deeper understanding of the image. 

There are so many artists creating great art, but we’ve picked out a few to help get you started and give you inspiration as to the style of art you’re looking to buy.

Gillian Luff is a bestselling artist and her work stands out in any interior. Her range of colours and her ability capture mood, means that they can work in any room, from a clean, minimal interior, right through to a darker, more gothic space.

Other popular artists include Peter Nottrott, who’s abstract paintings capture movement and are ideal for more modern interiors, and there’s also Paul Acraman, an artist who specialises in seacapes. His images are great for traditional, vintage and antique interiors, or more eclectic rooms.

Celebration III by Gillian Luff
Celebration III by Gillian Luff Black And White Nature Wings XXL 3 by Peter Nottrott
Black And White Nature Wings XXL 3 by Peter Nottrott Chilly Dip by Paul Acraman
Chilly Dip by Paul Acraman

There are so many other artists to choose from, and these are just a select few. By going to our Bestselling or Featured artists pages, you can see a lot more, and if you’re a collector of up-and-coming talent, then why not visit our New Artists page.

Whatever your taste, art can transform a bare wall, so have fun selecting your dream piece and being constantly inspired!

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