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Monday, January 25th, 2010 | Author:

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As our lives become increasingly complex, an inner urge emerges to simplify our living areas to create balance and peace internally.  Interior designers are being asked to create minimalist spaces for their clients that still resonate with character and sophistication. This is a task that is easier said than done, as less is often more difficult to achieve than more.

Choosing just the right works of art to adorn walls is key to creating a Zen living space that also has warmth and life. Many intriguing photographs can be found to achieve this effect. The goal is to select those that are simple yet imaginative and evoke a sense of nature that can serve as a focal point for such designs.

Each room in a Zen design should have only one central focal point – a small Zen garden, a leaf print, or a simply stated wooden bench would suffice.  Such spaces should be highly functional and efficient, with many pieces of furniture serving a double duty.

Colors should be nature-oriented, and can be defined by the Zen photography placed on the walls.  Sage, coffee, taupe, and shades of balsa blend nicely together and create a natural, simplistic setting.

Also complementary to a Zen design are the photos of leaves.  As the humble leaf is the “factory” where food is produced for the mighty tree, it is symbolic of small things creating great results.  Dried leaves symbolize the harvest, while green, fresh ones symbolize the newness of spring. Photos of leaves fill the viewer with a sense of peace and harmony, making them ideal choices for stress-free living spaces.

Recessed lighting adds to the overall ambiance of such a design, and helps to illuminate the tastefully chosen Zen photos for decorating adding interest to the space.  A few candles sparsely spread throughout each room will add the Feng Shui element of fire for balance.

We have a large number of images suitable for imparting a Zen feeling to the design of a room throughout our site. You can visit a special gallery of our Zen imagery created using an exclusive technique by clicking HERE

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Saturday, September 26th, 2009 | Author:

When we think of putting art in a child’s room, the first things that come to mind are bright, primary colors and juvenile images of trucks, cars, princesses and kittens, and then maybe nursery rhymes or famous movie and TV characters.  All of these ideas are fine, of course, but they do have their drawbacks.  Here are a few different ideas to consider.

Nature photography can create a wonderful atmosphere for a child’s room and there is a great selection of this type of art that you can purchase online.  Most children love animals and clear colorful prints of tigers and giraffes, or zebras and monkeys can be just as interesting.

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The subtle, calming colors of most art photography are perfect for a little one’s bedroom, and the realistic portrayal of nature in an artistic photograph can also be very educational.  As the child grows and learns, the art on the wall can become a focal point of quiet time conversations and bedtime stories.

Choosing a more natural type of art also means that the child will not outgrow the room’s decor quite so soon.   Nature photography allows you to move from a simple decorating scheme for an infant, to a more complicated design for a preschooler, and still be effective for the more specific tastes of a young child.  For that matter, good nature photography can even move effortlessly into a completely different room in the house such as a family room or den.  Investing the money once to buy art such as this for a child’s room will indeed be money well spent.

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One other thing you might want to consider before framing the art, is the option of having it mounted instead of framed. This is a process where the art print is fused to a backing and coated with a protective coating so that it can be displayed without frames or glass.  If you would rather frame the art, look for frames with art quality Plexiglass instead of glass just for safety reasons.

The art is the investment here, so if your client’s on a tight budget, you should spend less on the framing.  For a nursery, you might even consider plastic frames that compliment the colors of the photograph.  Large art photos for interior design purchased in poster size are really cute in a toddler’s room and you can purchase poster-size frames that can turn a whole wall into a work of art.

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Saturday, September 26th, 2009 | Author:

Have you ever considered that the art in your office or place of business could be sending a message to your clients, customers, patients or colleagues? It is something to consider for sure, when you choose nature photography to decorate the walls.  Here are some samples of unique and inspiring works from the world of nature that can create exactly the moods and feelings that you want in your office.

fabulous1If you would like to instill a feeling of calm in your office, a selection in muted, relaxing tones is a good choice.  The composition should be simple and uncomplicated and in as few colors as possible.  This grass photograph with its muted colors and suggestion of flowing movements is perfect.  You can almost feel the calming breezes flowing by!

If you want to imply that your company is a one of a kind, you could do this by hanging prints with one bold object as the focal point of the print.  In a subconscious implication, your art can say that your clients are in the waiting room of a company that really stands out.

fabulous2Definitely one of a kind, this magnificent white tiger is an image any business would be proud to be associated with.

Believe it or not you can even reinforce your company’s sense of identity and connection to an area, city country or even the nation.  If you are proud to associate yourself with a particular place, you could display some awesome art that includes a state flower, local waterfall, or natural landmark.

Every company, business or even individual wants their customers to see their business as strong and prosperous.  You can promote your image of strength by arranging art that displays bold and defined images in its composition on your walls.

fabulous3Along with an image of strength, you can also promote a sense of stability for your business by displaying art that depicts deep roots and perseverance.  Your clients will feel confident that they are dealing with a company that’s going to be around for a while to see them through their needs.  The large solid rock photographed here is a definite symbol of immoveable strength.

All of these prints are available along with many more distinctive nature photography prints, a few of which are sure to make your office art stand out and be remembered.

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009 | Author:

We all have a favorite piece of nature photography that we love, or home decor photos that we want to display to beautify our homes and just simply enjoy.  Some of us are collectors and buying that next gorgeous piece of art photography that we’ve found is just too hard to resist.  But now we are left with the question of what to do with it all.  We only have so much wall space, right?  Well the good news is, there are a number of ways to display these cherished pieces without taking up every square inch of wall space.  When you need something a little different, be sure to try out one of these cool ideas for getting your art off the wall!


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One obvious solution that has become very popular is to display art on a shelf.  There are even specially designed shelves available that have an edge on the front to keep your art from sliding off.  Arrange a single photo or an arrangement on a shelf and see how effective it is.

Take a hint from the artist himself, and try displaying a piece of art on a freestanding easel.  An unused corner of space can suddenly become the focal point of the room.  Easels come in a variety of materials from shiny aluminum to highly polished ebony.  Choose an easel that compliments your art and matches your room for a very dramatic effect.

Another thing to do when using photos for decorating is to try and downsize your prints somewhat so they can be placed on bookshelves or other decorative shelving.  Arranging a few photographs among the spines is a great way to break up the monotony of a bookshelf.

Try putting some art in chunky freestanding frames that can sit proudly on a piano, in a curio cabinet or even on open kitchen cabinets.  After all, looking at our art gives us pleasure and should be all around us.

Large pieces of framed art can even be displayed on the floor.  Lean a large picture against the wall and arrange some smaller pieces in front.  This type of display is especially effective with country style frames in a more rustic setting.  Create a little vignette by adding a vase, sculpture or other decorative piece to the arrangement of pictures.

Floor screens that are designed to hold photos or art are another option for displaying pictures once your walls are full.  The advantage of one of these types of frames is that they allow you to display a large number of photos in one place.

If you’re both an art collector and a craftsman, you may want to create a table that displays some of your favorite pieces.  For this, your art is displayed under a piece of glass that is fitted to the top of your coffee table.  Instead of picking up that coffee table book, you can admire your mini art collection every time you sit down to relax!

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009 | Author:

For various reasons, most of us are timid when it comes to arranging art on our walls.  We love to use photos for decorating, whether they are our own or purchased art, but we tend to procrastinate before getting out that hammer and hangers.  It is a fear definitely born out of uncertainty.  What if we don’t like where we put them?  What if we make a mistake and make all those holes for nothing?  How can we be sure they won’t be too high or too low? What if they just plain don’t look right? Here are some simple guidelines to making the home decor photos that you want to display end up arranged just the way you want them.

1.    Before beginning, try to visualize the end design.  Some people cut out paper shapes that match their art pieces and do a mock arrangement on the wall to test it out.

2.    Art should be hung at “eye” level.  Obviously everyone’s eyes are not at the same level so an average rule of thumb is between 54 and 57 inches from the floor.  Art is generally hung a little lower in dining rooms where most of the time is spent seated.

3.    Arrange similarly framed pieces together for a formal presentation, and mismatched frames for a more casual look, but all the frames in an arrangement should complement each other in some way.

4.    If you are hanging a single picture over a piece of furniture, the art should not be wider than the piece.  Half the width of the furniture is ideal.


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5.    Smaller home decoration photos look best arranged together rather than grouping with larger pieces.

6.    Pictures should be hung no closer than three inches together and no farther apart than eight inches.

7.    When arranging art over a table, remember to hang it so that the bottom pictures are not blocked by items that will be sitting on the table.

8.    The “heavier” pieces of art should be placed in the bottom of the arrangement.  Heavy can refer to the size, framing materials or even the color of the photograph.

9.    Art arrangements do not need to be symmetrical.  Here’s where using the paper shapes you’ve cut out can help you choose the best layout for the wall you are decorating.

10.    Finally, remember this is your art.  You are the one who is going to be looking at it the most.  Arrange it in a way that you like and that will make you smile every time you’re in the room.

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009 | Author:

Whenever we are outside, it’s easy to acknowledge the beauty of nature.  We can see it, feel it, hear it and touch it.  But once we move indoors we easily forget about it.  A good way to bring some of that beauty inside where we need it most is to buy nature photography to hang on the walls of our homes and offices.


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Not only will this allow us more time to appreciate the wonders of the natural world, but it can also help us to decorate our rooms to bring out their best features.  By arranging just the right piece or pieces of art in just the right way, we can alter the perception of a room’s size and shape to create the effect we want.

For example, if you have a small, square room and you want to create the illusion of more length, you can do it with pictures.  One way to do this is to arrange several pictures in a horizontal line on one wall of the room.  This will help to make the room feel longer, but that isn’t the only thing that’s important; the subject of the pictures has an effect on this as well.  That is where natural photography plays its role.  There are so many natural subjects that contain strong horizontal lines that can help to accentuate the feeling of extended length.  Some examples of natural art with strong horizontal lines might be  a sunset or sunrise, an ocean or beach front, a mountain range, or even a field or meadow.


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Likewise, prints with strong vertical lines will give the appearance of higher ceilings in a room where the ceilings are low.  Again, natural art prints work very well with subjects such as trees, lighthouses, or even something as simple and dramatic as a single tall flower.

On the flip side, if you have a room that is long and narrow and you want it to appear more square, you can do this quite effectively with art as well.  In fact, large natural prints can pull this illusion off in a very dramatic manner.  Simply hang a large framed print on one of the end walls of the narrow room.  This will instantly appear to bring that wall in closer to create a cozier feel within the room.  A large field of flowers or any type of landscape works especially well for this.


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So the next time you going to be doing some redecorating, be sure to buy natural art photography for those rooms that need some improvement!  By using these types of photos for decorating, not only are you bringing a bit of the outdoors in, but you are also giving yourself the opportunity to enjoy nature a little more while we making your living spaces feel more inviting.

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009 | Author:

When you first move into a new space, or when you redecorate a space you already live in, choosing the right artwork for the walls is one of the best parts of it all.  One of the things many homeowners enjoy is decorating with realistic, eye catching and inspirational works of art photography.  With their warm, natural colors and striking composition, these works of art make exceptional photos for decorating.

Too often, however, our artwork sits waiting to be hung because we are intimidated by the process.  There are ways to guarantee picture hanging success.  Here are just five of the most valuable.

1.     Sometime ahead of picture hanging day, assemble all the artwork you want to hang.  Decide which style of hangers you will be using for each one and make a list of supplies.  Visit your local framing, hardware, or craft store and purchase everything you need.  There are a few things to keep in mind when deciding which type of hangers to use.  Heavy and large pieces of art and objects like mirrors should be hung with mirror hooks.  Smaller photos for decorating can be hung with wire and eye hooks on the back.  Picture hangers are packaged according to the weight they will support, so be sure to buy the right size.

2.    Your next step is to think through your arrangements and placements of all the pictures you are hanging.  Be certain of how and where you want them before you begin.  This would be the time to arrange paper templates of your artwork and get everything just right.

3.    The next step is the tricky one, and one that many people debate over.  Do you measure out where your artwork goes, or do you just put it where you like it.  The choice is really up to the individual.  If you have used paper templates then you only need to mark where the template is to know the location for your hanger.

4.    Now that you have the picture hook in the right place, hang your art and see how it looks.  Straighten and level all pictures, either by sight or using a small level.  If a picture is a little too high or low, you can fix it by adjusting the wire on the back a bit.

5.    The final little touch that many people overlook is adding the small rubber or plastic bumpers to the corners of your pictures to keep them in place.  We all know how annoying it can be to have a picture that we have to constantly be straightening.  These little bumpers make that a problem of the past!

Now there is nothing left to do but stand back and admire your picture hanging talent, except maybe to get online and start searching for your next awesome piece of nature photography!


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