Incorporating Art in Your Entertaining Areas
‘Tis the season for entertaining guests! Homemade pies, a good glass of wine, and great company are all on order for your holiday party. Be sure to create a great atmosphere by infusing art and wall décor into your entertaining areas. If you’re at a loss of what to hang, the Beard’s Framing team is here to help you find the perfect piece. We’re even on standby for those last minute gift ideas!
The Bigger the Better
Large art pieces work in large and small rooms alike. Living rooms and dining rooms can benefit from a large piece, as it can help draw the eye in and create a focal point. If your living room is on the smaller side, a large piece of art can actually make a room feel more expansive. Be sure to choose a piece that you love, as it will be at the front and center of your entertaining space! A mural completed by your family can help to cut down on the cost of purchasing one large piece while adding a very personal touch. Alternatively, a triptych can give just as great a visual impact while reducing the cost.
Dish it Out
Dishware and utensils are no longer just for eating. Wall arrangements of porcelain and ceramic dishware have been cropping up on a number of blogs and design sites. If you love to find and collect saucers, plates, and cutlery from antique stores and thrift markets around the world, they could be the perfect addition to your dining room walls.
you are looking to incorporate art into your dining experience, artists and designers frequently team up with porcelain makers to create unique and limited edition sets; be on the look out so you can dine in style. Knifes, chopping boards, and other kitchen tools can be seen as objects of beauty, especially if they’re hand crafted. Choose your dishware and tools carefully and feature them when you’re entertaining.
Entertaining areas also double up as areas of relaxation in a home. Choose heartfelt pieces that you can enjoy on a daily basis to make your house feel like a home. We believe that sentimental pieces shouldn’t just be reserved for the fridge. From handmade rugs, throws, or even your child’s art, these pieces can be a great way to enliven the mood in your living room. When entertaining, the sentimental pieces you showcase can even spark a friendly conversation.
A party often features a good selection of food and drink. Use these same themes when choosing art in your entertaining space. From lesser-known still lifes featuring fruits, cheese, and wine bottles, to iconic works like “Mound of Butter” (1875-1885) by Antoine Vollon, there are many food-centered prints and works to fit your space. For more a practical option, try a wall-mounted wine rack. You’ll be able to access your collection easily, and it can even double as wall art!
Ready to create a showstopper with the perfect frame? Come into your local Beard’s Framing store to talk with one of our knowledgeable designers. Many of our stores can even connect you to local artists so you can find a one-of-a-kind piece for your living or dining room.12-08-2015 link
Digital vs. Analog: The Top 3 Reasons to Stick with Old Fashioned Frames
While custom framing is nearly as old a practice as art itself, framing as an art and craft has experienced many trends and iterations over the years. From the ornate gold frames of European art museums, to the subtle and understated frames that go so well with shabby chic décor, the appearance of frames takes on a wide range of styles. One of the current iterations of modern frames, though, are digital frames. You’ve likely seen one of these digital desktop albums in the home or office of one of your more tech-savvy friends, featuring multiple images that cross the screen like a computer screen saver. These digital displays are growing in popularity, and while we would hardly consider ourselves luddites here at Beard’s Framing, we think there are some definite drawbacks to the digital device. Here are some of our reasons for why traditional custom framing still rules the market!
1. Poor Image Quality
With many digital frames, the temptation might be to shop around for a deal, rather than shelling out the often prohibitively high-cost of a high-end digital frame. The problem with this though, is that many cheap digital frames will have trouble properly displaying high-resolution images. Your treasured family photos might come through looking pixelated or cropped in odd ways. Having your photos professionally printed and custom framed by professionals will ensure that the high quality of your images is maintained.
2. Energy Dependent
Unlike an analog, old-fashioned frame, digital frames require an energy source. This might come in one of two ways, either by being plugged in, meaning you need to have a plug nearby, along with an unsightly cord, or the frame might take batteries. Batteries drain down and will need to be replaced, and we can guarantee that opting for an eco-friendly old-fashioned frame is the greener option, for all our environmental readers!
3. Screen Saturation
These days, we spend so much of our time looking at screens as is. Sometimes what we really want is a break from our computers and digital devices, in order to fully appreciate our in person surroundings. Traditional framing gives you the opportunity to share your memories in a way that feels moving and significant, and much more substantial than a Facebook album or Instagram post.
To learn more about the great custom framing options available from Beard’s Framing, visit one of our convenient locations today!
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How to Set Up Your Own At Home Art Studio
We’re always looking for ways to stimulate the creativity of our clients and customers here at Beard’s Framing, and one of the best ways to get the creative juices flowing is to have a dedicated area in your home that is devoted solely to art and creativity. An at-home art studio is the perfect place to unwind and get in touch with your inner artist, but can also serve as a good way to bring the family together over crafts and creative projects. If you’re thinking about setting up an at-home art studio in your home, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your artistic space!
Having lots of natural light is a must when it comes to an art studio. Not only will it make it easier to see your pieces, but you’ll find that a light and airy room opens up the mind to creative impulses as well. Choose a room that has large windows so that you can let in the sun and set a natural ambiance. There’s a reason why attics and garrets were so popular for Bohemian artists, they often had skylights that maximized on natural lighting!
Good Artificial Lighting
As much we would all love to have spare rooms with tons of natural light, not all of us are so lucky. In the absence of a skylit garret, you can still ensure that your studio is well lit by artificial light sources. Use overhead lighting that is bright but not harsh, and mimics natural light, rather than being overly fluorescent. While decorative lamps can make nice accessories and accents, they often don’t work as great light sources, so keep that in mind when choosing your studio lighting.
Don't Neglect Your Walls
Wall art is an important aspect of any studio. Having inspiration hanging in quick visual range is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. You can hang past pieces and paintings of your own (custom framed by Beard’s Framing of course!) or you can shop through any of our prints and posters to draw inspiration from other master artists. Decorating your walls with colorful inspiration will ensure that as soon as you enter your studio, you’ll know that you’re in a creative and artistic space.
Organize Your Supplies
Having a good organizational system for all of your art supplies is an important aspect to any art studio. If you can’t find the right paintbrush or pigment, it can be easy to lose your creative flow as you go on a wild goose chase for items that should have been close to hand. Make sure that you have an organization and storage system set up so that everything has a home and you’ll never need to break your flow to find what you need.
To learn more about the best ways to unleash your creativity, or for your next custom-framing job, make sure to visit your local Beard’s Framing location today!
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