How to choose the best art for your room

Advice, Art, Inspiration, Styling

The right piece of art can really increase the visual interest of any space.  Have you ever walked into a room and been captured by a unique piece of art that took your breath away?  I love rooms like that, people love rooms like that we all want to have rooms like that.  Let’s talk through how you, can get a room

How to visually improve your office

Art, Office Styling, Styling

Have you ever worked in an office that is bland and uninviting to you, other staff and visitors alike?

We all have.  Today I wanted to chat about what are some easy improvements that can be made to office spaces that will make them more inviting to all users and still align with the company brand and image and be professional

Corporate Office Styling

Art, Office Styling, Styling

Does your Corporate Office look bland? We can help

Let us do the leg work for you. We can recommend, order, deliver and have art professionally hung and stylish decorator pieces in place to compliment your company’s vision, create an environment that motivates staff and impresses clients. Access our 10 years of interior design experience to achieve all of the above effortlessly and to budget.

 

What you get:

  • Access to over 10 years of design experience
  • Personalised service – we come to you
  • A Digital Moodboard showing how your new space could look
  • All the details are handled, we will order the art and decorator accessories and arrange delivery to your office
  • Art is professionally hung
  • Office is styled by our Interior Designer
  • A new look interior office that comes within budget

 

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What happens during a consultation and how does My Decorator work?

We are Your Decorator, so the first thing we want to do when we arrive at your office is get to know you, gain an understanding of your company and the space in question and we do this by gleaning a client brief. We will take notes, measure and assess your space.

We will then go back to our office and use the information we gathered at our appointment with you to begin to put together your Digital Moodboard. This is a document that will have our recommendations on it, of what we believe is the best styling solution, based on the information you have told us.

We then make a time with you to present your Digital Moodboard. It is very important that we go through and discuss our ideas with you so that we can explain our thinking behind the recommendations and more importantly it also gives us the opportunity to get feedback from you and make changes as needed.

Once you are happy with your Digital Moodboard and the proposed styling direction we implement it for you, art and decorator accessories are ordered, once it all arrives we come to your office with our professional art installer and style your office for you.

How to hang art

Advice, Art, DIY, Interior trends

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What size art for where and how should I hang it? How can I create a show-stopping gallery of art as a feature? What height should my art be placed at on a wall? These questions and more are often asked of me when I’m on a consult so today I thought I would write a blog post to help you all with your art displaying and hanging.  I got some help from the professionals along the way too.

As a guide always hang your art around eye level.  Meaning that the middle of the picture should be at 1450mm from the ground.  Check out the formula that Maxwell Ryan from Apartment Therapy uses to achieve this, he also says (or has heard on the grapevine) it is the formula that art galleries and museums use.

Watch this video (1st on page) for instructions:  https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-hang-artwork-apartment-therapy-video-roundup-193341

Step By Step Instructions to hanging your art:

A. Measure from the floor up your wall to 1450mm high and lightly mark

B. Measure artwork height and divide by 2 (this gives you the center)

C. Measure top of your picture to the tightened wire (a small amount)

D. Subtract (C) “tight wire” amount from (B) 1/2 height amount for the “to the hook” amount. This will tell you how far above 1450mm your hook should go

E. Lightly mark wall just above 1450mm with the “to the hook” amount

Example:

A. Picture is 508mm tall

B. Middle is at 254mm (this mid point should rest at 1450mm)

C. Wire comes to 50mm below the top

D. 254mm – 50mm = 203mm

E. Lightly mark 203mm above your first mark OR 1651mm on the wall

or

1450mm + 1/2 picture height minus pin to top of picture = where to place hook

Consider grouping your art together for more impact rather than scattering the pieces on various walls around the room.

When creating a gallery of art select art that is similar in colour scheme so that it looks harmonious to the eye when it is hanging on the wall.  Choose lots of different size pieces of art to make up your gallery and group the art so that they are evenly spaced but look visually appealing.  You can also add  three dimensional items to the mix to create more interest for the eye as well.

Be careful with the scale of your art.  If you have high ceilings and large rooms you can hang larger art in your space.  

Below are some tips that I have put together for clients in the past that you also may find helpful.  I find the below 3M picture hanger works well as the hook is at the top meaning no matter where your canvas string or D ring is you won’t see your 3M picture hanger sticking over the top of your art work.

3m

Above is 3M Picture Hanging Strips, these are ideal for use when hanging a gallery wall see link below for how to apply.

Make sure you check out the links and videos below from other designers, they have some really helpful and invaluable tips as well.  And as Maxwell says, go hang some art today!!

Further reading and watching:

http://blog.westelm.com/2013/06/05/how-to-hang-gallery-wall/

http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/interiors/hang-art-like-a-pro-a-68712

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-hang-artwork-properly-57-inches-from-the-floor-6174

http://www.elledecor.com/celebrity-style/homes/celebrity-gallery-walls#slide-1

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Vivid Sydney – Inspired Interior by My Decorator

Architecture, Art, Concept/Mood/Colour Board, Furniture, Inspiration

Proposed foyer design for Performing Arts Co.

A few Friday nights ago we went into the city to take in the amazing atmosphere at Vivid Sydney 2013. We enjoyed dinner and drinks first at the Opera Bar and then wandered around Circular Quay and The Rocks to see all the different visual light displays.

I couldn’t help but let my designer mind go to thinking how some of the amazing images that were projected onto the Opera House could be used in Interior spaces. So to capture this creative thinking I have put together a 3D image for an Old Warehouse of a Performing Arts Company that shows what some Vivid could look like in a Commercial setting (pictured above). The proposed foyer would have a huge artwork image of the opera house (vivid a fied) hanging in the foyer with some quirky performing arts bowler hats as pendants and tan leather barcelona chairs to create a warm friendly welcome to any visitors.

I hope you had the opportunity to go and see Vivid Sydney 2013, if you didn’t have a look at the slideshow I put together of some of the photos we took. I would also love to read your thoughts and experiences of Vivid Sydney 2013 so feel free to comment below.

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