Expert Advice and Interior Design tips

Expert Advice and Interior Design tips
Read about Interior Design recommendations focusing on wall décor and all sorts of advice to help you decorate in style. Find great ideas to bring art and oil paintings into your wall décor.

1. Traditional A welcoming elegant home inspired by the past. You probably love antique furnishings, floral prints and rich wood tones balancing light neutral colors. The essentials are order, symmetry and freshness to avoid the outdated feel. Lord Frederic Leighton, Rembrandt or Bouguereau are three examples of artists that will give it the ultimate refinement. overstockArt.com categories: Traditional, Classical, Romanticism, Impressionism, Symbolist 2. Rustic Your home has an honest cozy feel to it. You probably love reusing wire baskets and wooden crates over rough textiles, patchwork and earth tones. The point of perfection lies between the loose and lush feel of nature and an ever so slight touch of industrial style rawness – balancing the organic forms with sleek surfaces. Cezanne, Van Gogh and Alfred Maurer are a great starting point to complement your decoration. overstockArt.com categories: Rustic, Country Landscapes, Post-impressionist 3. Modern You love the mid-century looks balancing bold and elegant; retro and futuristic. Your house contrasts sleek forms, pop art and statement objects a midst simple surroundings. The perfect Modern pairs neutral and saturated tones; bold geometric patterns or sensuous curves with classic midcentury objects. Besides Pop Art, you can explore other modern styles starting by Edward Hopper and Gustav Klimt. overstockArt.com categories: Pop Art,...

There is no better time to dream in colors than when the sunlight is back in the sky. And no better advice to follow than the one coming from Pantone, the international leader in color technology and trends from design to decoration. When we dare to match tendencies with timeless art, what were beautiful tones turn into true statements of elegance, beauty and meaning. And if the originals are too much of a dream for your wallet, we selected beautiful handmade reproductions at overstockart.com so that you can transform your walls into masterpieces. Cayenne (P18-1651) A high impact color, spicy and hot, that mixes to perfection the romance of strong pink with a hint of a Boudoir feeling. It looks enigmatic with blue and witty with freesia. It inspires confidence, passion and a zest for life, and it goes beautifully with "Odalisque" by Matisse. Violet Tulip (P16-3823) It is commonly related to creativity, individualism and rebirth - that goes well with the theme of spring. It can be combined with orange to yellow hues for an extravagant effect, or with white and neutrals for a romantic atmosphere. For a balanced combination "A Slick Rider" by Charles Marion Russell is a great choice. Freesia (P14-0852)...
Monet - Artist's Garden at Giverny

All nature contains art. The play of light and shadow lingering in the shapes of nature, from season to season, are of endless inspiration. But from all of them, Spring is the season which brings the most excitement. Not everyone can express Springtime as Monet or as Botticelli in ‘La Primavera’, but we all know how it feels like. Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute sums it up brilliantly. "This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations." It is the time to explore those combinations we always wanted to, but never had a good impulse to do it. Spring is here, and there is no limit for color and creativity. Either you choose a natural style or bold prints and graphic patterns, use your freedom to balance the soft pastels with vivid bright and play with the shades between the extremes of your favorite palettes. Fill your home with the feeling of blooming flowers, nature scents and – why not – beautiful Art...

No matter who is on your gift list this holiday season, hand painted paintings and contemporary canvas art prints can make great presents that are a bit more thoughtful than most. From sprawling landscapes to classic reproductions to abstract shapes, these unique and collectible pieces make beautiful additions to any collection or room. If you want to give a work of art as a gift this holiday season but don’t know which to choose, these general questions will help steer you in the right direction Who are you shopping for? An older adult will have much different art preferences than a teenager, just like a male may have different tastes than a female. Younger men and women often like brightly colored paintings with animals or abstract shapes, while older people may prefer something a bit more subdued, like a nature scene. What are his or her interests? Consider your loved one’s interests, existing home decor, hobbies and even clothing style for some insight into the type of art he or she might like. Those who love sports, hunting or other outdoor activities would probably enjoy a rustic forest scene or a classic Edward Hopper lighthouse painting. If you’re shopping for a woman...
Henri Matisse - Lorette in a Green Robe against a Black Background

Everyone seeks advice. Artists have a tendency to always second guess themselves more then others. Insecurities and the luring question of "is this really great art?" are an ambiguous and extremely difficult questions to carry around in one's gut. The good news is that you are not alone. Artists have been faced with such concerns from the dawn of art itself. The great ones often spoke of the art process and what makes their art so very special. The following is a collection of artist inspiring quotes. Think of them as tips to help you get into the artist mindset and hopefully it will make you a better artist and a more confident one. Know in your heart that what you have created is nothing less than a masterpiece. It is a fantastic dream that one day this work will adorn the walls of the world's greatest art museums: “To create one’s own world takes courage.” -Georgia O’Keeffe “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” -Paul Cezanne "The nude, if you tackle it, is a very fascinating subject, especially for a woman... Traditionally the Nude was used to express formulations about life as larger-than-life, as Heroic or Ideal... The nude is...
How to Choose the Perfect Painting for Your Room

It's easy to identify a painting that you're fond of, but it's a bit trickier to find a painting that works well in a specific room of your home. These expert tips will help you choose a painting that adds to your space and works with the existing décor. Lively Living Areas In the living room, something bold and eye-catching works best because this room generally has an open layout and is full of lively activity. Colors like green and purple are great choices, as they brighten up the space and add a pop of color to even the most basic furniture. Place a gallery wall of paintings above the sofa, or lean a series of same-sized paintings on a shelf or media cabinet. One long, horizontal painting on a large, blank wall also makes a beautiful focal point. Cooking & Dining Decor Classic still life paintings of fruits, wines and other food items are universally flattering choices in any kitchen and dining room, but you can customize this traditional wall décor by using one uniform accent color across the board. Bright shades like yellow, red or orange work best in these social, festive places. Place paintings in a row across the tops...

We can use animal symbolism to make the act of decorating our spaces easier and feel more connected with the personality of ourselves, our families, or our company.
Surviving a Date to the Art Museum

Copy and paste the HTML to embed this Infograph: If you have a looming date to stare at art for an indeterminate amount of time with a person you intend on wooing, then you should know about the etiquette expectations that will make or cripple your romantic festivities. For those that emerge, validated, from the museum’s exit, the spoils of a successful date await. But without the prerequisite knowledge, you may find that the love you hoped to detect in the air has been replaced with the bitter smell of revolt. Here’s what you’ll need to do to get a second date: No matter how knowledgeable you may be about art, never force your opinion onto your date. A first date is no place to unleash a disparaging volley on romanticism or Picasso, especially if your date holds an opposing stance. Perhaps you are the uninitiated one. In this case, you’ll want to be inquisitive and open to learning. Don’t forget that you’re on a date, though, and not in art class — don’t interrogate your date to get every last boring detail. Get comfortable with your date and forget about the art. In the end, you need to remember you’re at the art...
CARING FOR YOUR PAINTING INFOGRAPH

CARING FOR YOUR PAINTING:A simple and free guide for art collectors to keep your fine art looking fine! Copy and paste the HTML to embed this infograph: There are no hard and fast rules when framing a painting. However, the spotlight is the artwork and the frame should be the perfect complement for the art and the décor in style and color. DO NOT USE A FRAME THAT COMPETES WITH THE ART IN COLOR OR TEXTURE If you have other paintings hanging, DON'T TRY and match the frame. It's actually cool to have them different and contrast each other. Make sure the frame matches the style of the painting, and not detract from it. Make sure the frame looks appropriate with the decor of the room it will be hanging in? FRAME BASED ON YOUR STYLE Portraits and landscapes look best with more traditional looking frames. Abstract, edgy, or modern art looks best with plain geometric frames. Not all paintings need to be framed. Gallery wrap canvas art is very popular. TRANSPORTING YOUR NEW FRAMED ART When transporting paintings, it’s best to travel when weather is moderate. The painting should be carefully wrapped, cushioned, and insulated from moisture, humidity, and temperature extremes. Paintings should always be carried by the...
hanging your oil painting safe from harm

The oil painting you have just hung on the wall may still be susceptible to damage. Never choose where to hang an oil painting based solely on where you think it will look best. Ignoring necessary environmental factors could damage your original oil painting more than you expect. Event though oil painting is a highly durable media it is still best to take into account temperature, air moisture, and lighting when thinking about the best place to hang your art. The following are a few tips to help you find that perfect spot for your art away from harm: Think about when you attend a showing at an art gallery. The space is usually cool as higher temperatures lead to the deterioration of the painting. Watch out for elevated humidity. Do not hang your painting near heating vents. Areas with high moisture - such as the bathroom - are not good places to hang your oil painting. Avoid walls with direct sunlight and rooms that have a hall volume of dust as it contains certain acids which can erode the artwork. You can periodically remove dust from the oil painting with a soft brush, but it may be advisable to use the brush solely for this...