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.
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...
Top 5 Oil Paintings for Father's Day

overstockArt.com announced today the top 5 must have oil paintings for Father’s Day 2013 to help dads create their perfect man cave. "When a dad is elegant and tasteful, his man-cave should probably fit the part." said David Sasson, CEO of overstockArt.com. "We love sharing our unique insights and customer favorites with the art world to help art lovers know what's cool and trending for their space, and what would make the perfect gift for the elegant dad this Father's Day.” The Father's Day Top 5 list was accumulated based on traffic to the overstockArt.com website of dads in the US only, measured in the past 12 months. According to the analytics gathered, the works of art listed above were most sought after among dads in the US. The Top Five oil paintings for Father's Day include: “Bullfight” by Edouard Manet - Bullfight is an impressionist painting by Edouard Manet that captures the action and moment of the Spanish corrida. French painter Manet, was a key artist in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. “Going Out” by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait - Going Out is a beautiful painting of a hunter and his dog in the heat of the hunt. Fitzwilliam Tait was...

Redecorating a home can be challenging and picking out a new color scheme may seem like the most daunting part of the process. Reds, blues and greens are all viable options, but which shade? What about the trim? Then begins the frenzy of online searches, torn out pages from magazines, and stealthily analyzing the homes of friends and family for inspiration. After the headache of choosing colors and painting the walls, another challenge arises: What to decorate the walls with? Let's start with that question. Choose a work of art to inspire your color scheme and forget the online searches for “wall colors ideas.” When you go to peruse the paint chips in the home depot store, you will be prepared. Here are three examples from the reproduction art galleries of Overstock Art to inspire you as you choose home wall colors. Click on the hyperlink art titles to have the ability to zoom on each painting as if it were inches from your eye. Klimt's The Kiss Gustav Klimt's The Kiss (1907-08) is an iconic painting of two lovers sharing a romantic kiss among a bed of flowers. Which colors appear the most vibrant to you? Where is your eye immediately drawn...
Mother's Day Oil Paintings

The art experts at the popular online art gallery overstockArt.com revealed today its official top 5 must have oil paintings for Mother’s Day 2013. Treat mom to a gift that never stops giving - the gift of fine art. overstockArt.com's most desired art for Mother's Day is sure to be a favorite of Moms' everywhere: 1."Poppy Field in Argenteuil," Claude Monet - In this colorful oil painting, originally created in 1873, Claude Monet painted his wife and son strolling together among the poppies. 2. "Le tre eta della donna (Mother and Child)," Gustav Klimt - Mother and Child is part of Klimt’s famous oil painting Three Ages of Woman. The painting depicts an image of a mother cradling her young son. The original was created in 1905, three years after the death of Klimt’s baby son, Otto. 3. "Madame Monet and her Son," Claude Monet - While Monet successfully captured life's reality in many of his works, his aim was to analyze the ever-changing nature of color and light. Known as the classic Impressionist, one can not help but have deep admiration for his talent. The original masterpiece was created in 1875. 4. "Bouquet of Pink Peonies," Camille Pissarro - Originally painted in...
Touring London

This Summer, Britain is in the spotlight. The Olympic craze already has the UK in its grasp. But the first focus is The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrating 60 years on the throne, the second longest reigning monarch in British history, with the center of the celebration coming up.  For four days, June 2-5, the UK and the commonwealth realms (Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu) hit the height of celebration. Even though we fought for our independence, Americans are still fascinated with the pomp and circumstance of British Royalty. Weddings, births, deaths and scandals, we can’t help but to be intrigued by the monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952, with her coronation over a year later on June 2, 1953. Born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II was third in line for the throne. At nine, her grandfather King George V died, and the crown passed to her uncle, King Edward VIII who later abdicated the throne less than a year after King George’s death, choosing love (Wallis Simpson)...
Spring Decorating Ideas to Brighten Your Home

This spring bold is in. Colors, patterns and fabrics are brighter and bolder than ever. Design Expert Dawn Kail of overstockArt.com advises now is the time to pack up demure shades and go for daring home décor pieces that will liven up your home. “You don’t have to be particularly brave to incorporate the season’s bold decorating trends in to your home décor,” said Kail. “To keep up with the trends it isn’t necessary to repaint all of your walls tangerine or buy a brightly colored couch, start small by adding an assortment of accessories that bring in the spring color and design trends.” Refresh your rooms with Kail’s tips on incorporating spring’s spunky home decorating trends Kail shares spring home decorating trends and offers the following tips on how to spring forward: Citrus tones - Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year Tangerine Tango isn’t the only citrus color to make the season’s color palette. Juicy citrus shades of yellow and green mix well to bring the cheerful colors of the season inside your home. Be bold and add in splashes of orange or tangerine for an even more striking look. Liven up your look by incorporating these shades with...
How to Choose a Frame for Your Oil Painting

Original oil paintings represent a form of artwork that's believed by many to have come into prominence midway through the 15th century. Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci and Claude Monet represent a few of the brilliant artists who have created oil painting masterpieces. Many things have been said about these famous artworks, but few speak about the framing of the art. Although you may not own an oil painting by Monet or Van Gogh, how do you go about selecting a frame for your cherished oil painting? Use this short guide below to help you choose an ideal frame to display your oil masterpiece. Step 1- Set a budget for your frame. Perform a few preliminary internet searches to view an assortment of frames from online picture framing companies. Also, consult with a local picture framing store to check their prices. The materials and labor required to frame your painting can come with a hefty price tag. Set a dollar range you feel comfortable spending. If your painting is a standard size it will typically fit a ready-made frame. However, if it's an irregular size, it might require a custom-frame that costs more to fabricate. Larger, heavier frames often require...
Vivid colors, including tangerine hues, emerge from Gustav Klimt Water Serpents II.

Tangerine Tango, Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year, is the “spirited reddish orange” shade that will be brightening up cosmetics, fashion and home trends this year. Design Expert Dawn Kail of overstockArt.com advises that it’s easy to brighten up your home design with the color Pantone describes as being “reminiscent of the radiant shading of a sunset.” “Decorating with vibrant shades of orange, like Tangerine Tango, adds a playful, lively energy to the home,” said Kail. “In feng shui, the color orange is often called the ‘social’ color and is used in areas of the home where you want energy that promotes lively conversations and good times.” Kail advises to start small when decorating with such a vibrant color, “I wouldn’t advise you to repaint every wall in a room or purchase all new furniture in tangerine tango, use the color to accessorize and accent your home. Doing too much will leave your room looking like a pumpkin patch.” Enliven your home decor with five decorating tips from Kail that make it easy to incorporate the color of the year into your look: Color pairings – Traditionally an autumnal shade, Tangerine Tango can last all year when it...
Seasonal Fall Art

Fall is in the air, now bring it in to your home with the season’s hottest decorating trends. Design Expert Dawn Kail of overstockArt.com, makes it easy to add a little fall flair to your home décor with a top five list of decorating trends and tips. "Fall décor trends feature a mosaic of different colors, textures and decorating styles," said Kail. "By adding the rich jewel tones and various vintage and natural design elements you will create a cozy autumnal setting that brings the beauty of the season inside your home." Create a fall feeling in your home with Kail’s top five decorating tips: Rich jewel tones – According to the Pantone Color Institute, the must have fall colors include navy black, coffee brown, phlox (a deep purple shade), jade green, rust, asparagus and pumpkin orange. An easy way to incorporate these rich jewel tones is to add a touch of the colors with pillows, rugs, throws and painted accent pieces. Visual and actual texture – Home décor trends this season are marked by a comforting combination of visual and actual texture. Mix wood furnishings with opulent velvet upholstery, herringbone rugs, wool throws, and thick, textured fall themed oil...

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