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As more and more Australians are becoming interested in contemporary art in the home, decisions of what to buy with all that is available can be for some, confusing. So, fast forward from that thought, to the point where you have found an art print that you really like.

But even before you decide to buy that art print thoughts automatically begin to assess those practical decisions. Where will I hang that? Will it look good in the lounge or hall? Is there enough room? Is it the right format or size or colour? It’s these type of questions that probably cause most of us to pull back from making that initial online or shop purchase.

But then there are those marvelous impulsive people or straight forward thinking people who can make snap decisions. They are overwhelmed by what they see and before they can blink, just go ahead and buy it. Life is meant for change as the motto goes. The practical decisions don’t even get a second thought, instead there is this rock solid belief that the art will fit and if not will be made to fit.

So with energy abound, if there isn’t enough space I can just rearrange the furniture, and get rid of those small pictures that have been there for the last 10 years. And if the wall colour is wrong, easy fixed, down to the local hardware for a tin of Dulux satin. Before I know it, it’s a weekend away from the box, and into refreshing a lounge for a total make over because of an art print!   Small actions can make big positive changes.

Neutral earth colours give a beautiful warm ambiance in a bedroom. The mood is carried with the art print in greyscale called ‘Telling Lives’

Neutral walls like you see in the bedroom scene provide a backdrop to most type of artwork. But with the use of the frame, wall colour influence can be reduced to allow the art work be the focus.

The frame is a very important part of an art print, because it acts as a separator. You have the wall, then the frame that holds the art print. If the frame is too narrow, it basically doesn’t do anything but holds the print inside it for protection. If the frame is too thick it overpowers the print and everyone just sees a rather large frame.

The colour of the frame – its shade, hue and luster, is also an important consideration as well as if it is ornate or plain. The next level down on importance, is if the frame is flat, concave or convex. Thankfully, these characteristics are in categories that can be easily assessed in order. The first decision is to decide if you want an ornate or plain – concave or convex frame.

If it is a plain flat frame, a further deduction in choice follows. Should the frame have a sharp edge or a more rounded edge? Having a natural wood frame with a sharp edge is softer than a painted black gloss or semi gloss frame. The reason is to do with contrast.  Most homes have light walls and many art prints will have an inner matte that acts as a separator to the frame for the image.  If you have a white colour on either side of the black frame, its edges will be prominent.   Rather, if it were a natural wood timber frame, being a light to mid tone colour, the edge of the frame won’t be so sharp.

Here you have a print framed to highlight sharpness with black and white. Because it is a black and white graphic the frame with its’ white inner matte goes well.

The art prints you see on iloveart.com.au have been selected to present the art print in its most suitable look. Because ‘Modern’ is a big part of the brand, the art frame has to follow this theme. So gold or silver ornate frames that emphasis a flowery relief is a mold more suited to traditional and historical pictures. Likewise, the standard narrow black or white frame won’t be used on every art print just because it is a mold that has been made for commercial savings and thus a frame utilised more today that yesterday.

So we have spoken a little bit about framing an art print. What about the colour of your wall, and the wall itself? In contemporary Australian homes, most walls are standard in height and made of plasterboard. Our older Federation to the Californian bungalow have an interruption of wall surface with wide architraves mid railing and panel board. Some of these homes also have their walls painted in two colours because of these combinations of materials. Although this styling has a historical reference here in Australia, many modern homes in the USA use this wall design as a feature that is desirable.

A blank flat wall that hangs one art piece on it has a connection that is more removed than that of a wall that is made up of two types of material. Lightly painted wood paneling that takes up a 3rd of the wall height, with it’s vertical repetitive lines, adds a warm characteristic to a wall. It acts as a sub border to your art print. The paneling painted in the colour of the wall rather than a wood colour reduces its presence to only allow for its form to be the element that is recognised. This is an important part of design to understand. Just with a painting itself, all objects are made up of different elements and their juxtaposition or placement with other objects will have an effect on appearance.

Wall paneling is a beautiful decorative feature of wall construction. The art print is called The Polders – a Dutch term meaning flat land that was once below sea level.

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