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HOW TO PLACE ART IN YOUR SPACE TO MAKE IT SHINE (Part II: How to Install Art)

No CommentsPosted July 3, 2020 by Emily McInnes

In our previous blog we explored three steps to take to make sure you’re placing your artwork in the best location within your space. The expertise we shared provided a practical overview on general placement, but this week we dig a little further with a step-by-step guide on how to hang your new artwork.


Image courtesy Samuel Choisy. Artwork by Becky Comber.

If you’ve been following along with our blog series, by now you’ll have decided to refresh your space, chosen a new work of art (or several!) and they’ve arrived at your front door. You’ve thought about the key tenets of placement and have an idea which room they’ll go into. Now comes the exciting part – installation!

There are three main hanging styles:
Impact Wall
Diptych / Multiples
Salon Style

Impact Wall:
The impact wall (or “the hero” wall) is a high-impact showcase: usually one large artwork that commands attention (a large art piece above your couch or fireplace, for example).

Diptych / Multiples:
A diptych, or multiples simply refers to the idea of several works being hung side-by-side on a wall – sometimes touching, sometimes spaced apart (these are by the same artist and sometimes created specifically to be hung beside each other).

Salon Style:
Salon style refers to many pieces, not necessarily intended to be grouped together, being placed intuitively within a grouping.  Strict measurements not required, which can be a real problem solver.

You can learn about these styles(with diagrams) and more examples here.

However, in order to proceed with any of these hanging styles, you need to know the basic fundamentals of how to hang art (note: the following instructions are for basic drywall – if you have more complex materials like wallpaper, custom wood panelling or plaster walls we have solutions – just send us a note).

Here is a list of what you’ll need:

Tools + Hardware:

  • D-rings (see note below
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Screws and plugs
  • Drill (you can get away with a hammer and nails if your piece is lightweight)
  • A partner to help!
  • Confidence! (This might seem silly, but if you’re feeling daunted, can’t find a partner, or the artwork is very heavy or very large, consider hiring a professional in your area)

D-rings: Never use wire to hang your art. D-rings are small “D” shaped pieces of hardware that hang on each side at the back of your frame. A D-ring ensures that your artwork hangs flush against the wall (wire makes your art bow outwards), the weight is evenly distributed across the frame and the artwork stays in place. Very handy for high-traffic areas like a hallway or staircase i.e. if you find yourself constantly adjusting the level of your artwork, this will solve that problem forever. Also, the seams that hold the corners together on a frame are surprisingly fragile and can split if too much pressure is put on them. You may think I’m geeking out on D-rings – I am. The advice is never hang heavy artwork with a wire (or any artwork at all). Always use D-rings.

Ready for the step-by-step instructions? You can download them (plus tips!) in our free handy guide here:

Happy hanging!

Cheers,

Emily McInnes
Founder + CEO

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Rose Ekins
Director

How to Place Art in Your Space to Make it Shine (Part I: Three Pro Tips)

No CommentsPosted June 26, 2020 by Emily McInnes

Our past blogs have explored how art can refresh your space and enhance your mood, how to find an art style that suits you, and how to evaluate art so you know that it’s the right choice. This time we’re taking a more practical approach: once you receive your artwork, how do you show it at its best?

There are a few things to consider before installing your new artwork in your home or office. In this blog we dive into three key things to consider when it comes to placement and presentation, and our next blog we will feature our FREE guide on how to hang artwork (and keep it in mint condition!).

So: you’ve purchased an artwork and it’s arrived! First things first: if it’s unframed, our advice is to keep it wrapped up. I know! You want to see it, but if you’re planning to get it framed, it really is best to wait for the professionals to open the package for you, so the artwork doesn’t get damaged.

Otherwise, if it arrives ready to be installed, are you sure you know where to put it? Here are the three key points to consider:

Image courtesy Tricon House. Artwork by Jennifer Lefort.

1. Size Matters
Firstly, consider the space: both the location where the art will live, and the space the artwork will fill. A large artwork often looks best as the stand alone piece, for instance, a large painting above a couch or more than one piece of furniture to unify a space. Smaller works look lovely placed together, whether side by side, or in a salon style.

Considering the height of your ceiling and furniture is important – while it has to physically fit on the wall, you don’t want it to feel squishy. If you do have a large living room with a huge couch, consider making a statement with a super-sized piece. It’s great to have one large piece as the “feature,” something that makes a statement that other, smaller, pieces can hinge onto. It will make the grandest first impression.

Small corner walls can be accented with small paintings to make them more of a space-within-a-space instead of a forgotten spot. At the end of the day, there really are no precise measurements to follow as long as you’re happy with your art, but there are some tips that you really should follow to avoid mistakes – see next tip.

Image Courtesy Tricon House. Artwork by Julia Callon.

2. Choose a Practical Location
Consider the activities that take place in the area where you wish to place your artwork. A large painting looks great above your sectional, but make sure you’ve pushed the couch far enough out from the wall so that it doesn’t hit  your head when you sit down (this is a far better solution than what we often see happening, where people hang the work too high).

Kitchens and bathrooms are a great place to hang art, just be careful to consider the amount of humidity or potential for spills that it may have to endure (we can suggest framing styles that can help to solve for this!).

Your kids’ playroom may not be the ideal spot for a one-of-a-kind paper sculpture, but it would be perfect on your office shelf. Art in a stairwell is gorgeous, but if you tend to hit the wall every time you lug your laundry hamper down, you may want to reconsider. If you want to put a piece in the bathroom, for instance, but you’re worried about humidity, consider putting it just outside of the room in the hallway, where  it will greet you each time you pass by. For a kitchen, hang it in a place that you feel is far enough away from your prep space. Use your common sense and you’ll be fine!


Image courtesy Ming Wu. Artwork by Ryan Schude.

3. Lighting, Lighting, Lighting!
Lastly, and perhaps most important of all: a key ingredient people often forget is the light, both natural and artificial. Where does the light source come from in the space you intend to hang your art? If you hold it up and the art seems slightly muted, try adjusting the lighting by adding a spotlight or a brighter bulb. I guarantee that lighting is a game-changer and will literally make your art pop! To test this theory, try using the flashlight feature on your phone to highlight a section of the work–see the difference? Galleries and museums always pay careful attention to lighting, and to ensure you bring the best out in your collection, you should too!

Another pro tip is to avoid direct sunlight directly on your artwork. Many frames now come with UV protective glass and plexi that helps to prevent the damaging effects of direct sunlight. All of our encased frames come with UV protection for just this reason. Some window treatments that allow light but not direct sun inside would  also work well.

(You are always welcome to send us your questions. We love talking art and if you need some advice, we will happily help you find the perfect spot in your space!)

By taking our advice into consideration, you can rest assured that your artwork will be well protected – and your space will shine!

Stay tuned – in our next article we’ll provide you with practical steps on how to correctly install your new artwork in the location you’ve chosen, and how to easily care for it (with a FREE downloadable guide). Subscribe to our mailing list to ensure you don’t miss it!

Cheers,

Rose Ekins
Director

4 STEPS TO HELP YOU EVALUATE GREAT ART

No CommentsPosted June 18, 2020 by Emily McInnes

Last time we shared our quiz that matches an art style to your personality (didn’t take it yet? Check it out here). Your results may have identified you as a Non-Conformist, a Modernist, a Minimalist, a Classic Lover, or a Generalist.

It’s fun to know what style may suit you, but when it comes to actually choosing a work for your home, office or anywhere, it can sometimes be tricky to pull the trigger on any one piece. You might know what draws your eye, but you’re not sure why, or if it’s a smart move. We’re here to help.

Whether an artwork is “good” or not is subjective. What someone else may be drawn to may not be your cup of tea, but there are certain tricks of the trade we can share that can help you feel confident in your choice.

Here are 4 things we at EYE BUY ART look for in a piece of artwork.

Intrigue
An artwork should capture your attention. Whether it be abstract or portrait, monochrome or colourful, an artwork will often grab your eye from behind your screen or across a room. You might not be able to pinpoint the reason why, but still you find yourself looking at it. This is your intuition and the perfect place to start!


Beatriz Diaz, Nigella Damascena $3.99 ; Botanica Inc.; Brooklyn NY; 12/05/08

Story
What is the story behind the artwork and what compelled the artist to create it? Knowing more about the narrative of the artwork can help you to decide – and you’ll be surprised, sometimes, to discover what lies beneath. Beatriz Diaz’s Nigella Damascena is a portrait of a plant, but it’s also much more than that. It’s a portrait of plant life in the context of the urban NYC environment, and about the use of plastic plants. Diaz is asking through her work: what need is plastic flora fulfilling? What is a plant without the element of life? Are they beautiful or ugly? What is the line between natural and artificial, and does it matter? So many thoughts and questions are provoked in Diaz’s work, much more than might first be apparent. At EYE BUY ART we seek out work that has the perfect trifecta: inspiration, narrative, and intention. Sometimes the story behind the artwork is at odds with what you might have first assumed the work was about, but it always leads to more thinking and may be exactly the conversation starter you want in your home when you host friends or family!

Artist
Who created the work? The person behind an artwork is just as relevant as what it’s about. You might look for different things than someone else: maybe the artist’s formal education is important to you, maybe you want to know more about the other artwork they’ve made before this, maybe you want to support specific kinds of artists. Collecting artwork can be a significant investment, so it makes sense to want to learn about its creator. One of the ways we evaluate an artist that we’re considering is to look for people who demonstrate a commitment to their craft. Some key questions to ask would be:

How long have they been making artwork?
How has their work evolved over time?
Is the work consistent from series to series?
Where have they shown, and are they exhibiting outside their hometown?

We like to seek out artists who we feel are at the cusp of growth and who are considered emerging, and while you can never know who will be the “next big thing” you can look for clues (exhibition history, press features, for example) to see the trajectory their career is taking.

Image courtesy of Tricon House. Artwork featured by Becky Comber and Samuel Choisy.

Does it Suit Your Space
Is this artwork right for you? Where would it live in your home? Would it be placed alongside other artwork or does it need to be able to command a larger space in it’s own room? Sometimes you just love a work so much that it doesn’t matter if you don’t have the “perfect” spot for it just yet, but it is worth thinking about how the work connects to you or whomever you’re buying it for.

By using these methods, we’ve been helping people find the perfect artwork for over a decade and we’re confident you’ll be able to use them to identify which work is right for you

What’s the biggest barrier you face when deciding on artwork and decor for your space? Let us know!

Cheers,

Rose Ekins
Director

P.s. Next time we’re diving behind the scenes of one artist. Click to sign up to our newsletter, or take our quiz again here.

Get to Know Your Art Personality: 5 Questions to Discover your Art Style

No CommentsPosted June 12, 2020 by Emily McInnes

This is the second installment in our series that helps to guide you along the path of finding the right piece of art. You can find part 1 “Using Art to Refresh Your Space: 3 Simple Steps to Bring Joy Inside” here.

Are you the kind of person who has a rare vintage rock print of Sonic Youth hanging beside the drum kit in your living room? Do you proudly display a majestic landscape rich with brush strokes and the frequency of birdsong captured in paint? Do you serve dark chocolate pavlova in a creamy bun or hot dogs roasted on an open flame? As we discovered in part 1 of our new blog series, what we do and the choices we make say a lot about who we are.

So how does your art represent you?

Like a choose-your-own-adventure story, here’s a fun little journey we will take you on to help you discover your inner art connoisseur.

 

 


Peggy Guggenheim always knew what she liked, how about you?

 

Cheers,

Emily McInnes
Founder + CEO

Using Art to Refresh Your Space: 3 Simple Steps to Bring Joy Inside

No CommentsPosted May 29, 2020 by Emily McInnes

If you’re like me you’ve been spending a lot of time scrutinizing your home lately. My inner Marie Kondo is kicking stuff out the door and the energy in my space has blossomed like a shot of green unfurling itself towards Spring. 

Now is the perfect time to infuse joy into your home with art.

This is a before and after of the same room after furniture was moved around and artwork was installed. Painting by Emma Carney. Images courtesy of Emily McInnes & Tricon House.

When it comes to art we usually hear about it in the loftier context of art history, through a museum exhibition or because it broke a world record at Christie’s. But how is this meaningful to you, and how does this apply to your everyday life and the space you live in? 

One thing I know to be true: art is a language that very much represents who you are and the things you care about. It’s an expression of your values and your beliefs about the world. There are as many variances and nuances in this unwritten language as there are artists and artworks, and this is why having the piece that best represents you and your uniqueness is what gives colour, shape and context to your environment. 

Another thing I know to be true: we are all creative. Being stuck indoors with a bit (or a lot) of extra time is an opportunity to unleash this side of ourselves and to see our environment in a new light. Here are 3 simple steps to help start you on your journey: 

Find your Location:

1. Start with the room you’re spending the most time in; your living room, your kitchen, or perhaps a newly minted home office. Is there a part of this room that you’d like to change?


Explore new horizons:

2. Give some thought to what you most love to do. What brings you joy? Is it nature? Gardening? Sports? Architecture, music, travel or food? Where do you tend to spend your free time and what sites have you been on lately? Let your freak flag fly and write it all down.


Find your Passion

3. From here, you’ll develop a feeling for what you’re looking for. Great art is so accessible – a topic Rose and I will be discussing over the next few weeks – and one of the things that makes it great is by making it an expression of you. The art on your walls should feel meaningful, it should infuse your space with joy and bring the things you love to experience into your everyday.


You’ll be amazed at how art can transform your space – and your mood. Art is that powerful. 

Artwork by Whitney Lewis-Smith. Image courtesy Samuel Choisy.


Coming up next: stay tuned next Friday to discover more about your art collecting personality by taking our art style quiz!

Artwork by and image courtesy of Samuel Choisy.

Share your story with us!

Do you have a room in your house that you’ve been struggling with? What challenges you most when you’re re-thinking a space? I’d love you to share your thoughts with me so I can address your questions in our future posts. Please share your comments below!

 

Cheers,

Emily McInnes
Founder + CEO

 

P.S. Need some inspiration? Browse our collection at eyebuyart.com/eye and stay tuned for our gorgeous new website that will be launching soon!


P.S. Need some inspiration? Browse our collection at eyebuyart.com/eye and stay tuned for our gorgeous new website that will be launching soon!