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Monthly Archives: April 2015

  • The eight best tips for adjustable art systems you'll read this year

    If we may be so bold, we have some great tips regarding adjustable art systems. So great, in fact, that they may just be the best eight tips you see all year.   

    The first thing you need to do is choose an art hanging system. Ceiling mounted systems are great for walls with mirrors, stone, marble, or another precious feature. Wall-mounted systems are better suited for heavier items. 

    Once you decide on which display system is right for you, choose the appropriate hardware. To hang pictures you're going to need three things: a rail, a hanging cable or rod, and a cable or rod hook. Stainless steel and nylon cables coincide cable hooks, while aluminum and stainless steel hanging rods pair with rod hooks. Basically, you take the cable or rod route in conjunction with a rail.   

    Let's discuss the difference between a hanging rod and a cable hanger. Hanging rods are what you see in museums. They are the favorite. Cable hangers are chosen for a more modern approach and can only hold up to 40 lbs on one single stainless steel cable.  

    Nylon or stainless steel cables? The nylon cable is virtually invisible and can only support 15 lbs of weight. The stainless cable is slightly more detectable, but can hold artwork up to 40 lbs. It's looks verses strength.   

    How much rail do I install? Well, it's up to you. You can hang rail just above the area you want the art to hang, or you can hang rail the entire length of the wall. For symmetry and moving options, it's best to hang rail the entire length of the wall. Be sure to purchase additional rail if you plan to connect the rails in the corners of your walls. Connecting rails in the corners requires a perfect 45 degree angle cut.   

    You can easily calculate how many rods or cables you're going to need based on the number and size of the objects you plan to hang from the rail. Typically, you'll need three cables or rods per rail.   

    Customize your rail colors. We do offer rails in silver, white, and black. You can paint your rail to match your decor. However, we don't recommend painting the rods. Movement from the rods will cause paint to flake off.   

    Tips concerning installation include difficulty, time, and tools. Installation is pretty straightforward. Just drill holes in the wall or ceiling, insert anchors into the drilled holes, then screw the rail to the anchors in the wall. Rail installation takes about 20 minutes for a person with average home improvement skills. This process should only require three tools: a drill, a drill bit, and a screwdriver. However, you may need additional tools based on individual circumstances.   

    To talk more about this, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.

  • Create an Art Gallery out of Your Home

    Have you always wanted some type of art gallery display in your home? Perhaps you think you don't have the room for it or there is no perfect place where you can put it. The truth is that you can turn just about any space into something that looks like an art gallery, as long as you have some art and decent art-hanging hardware. This is not the kind of thing you are going to put together with simple picture-hanging materials like a trim nail.

    Picture Gallery

    Choose Your Location

    Take a look around your home. Do you have a small hallway, foyer, or nook that could use a little sprucing up? Don't worry about the lighting for this display, because you can always get a gallery hanging system that includes lights that draw the focus and shadows exactly where you want them to be. Do keep in mind that natural lighting can damage some types of art, so you may want to avoid areas with large windows or skylights. Aside from that, it's easier to focus gallery lighting than natural lighting.

    Select a Focal Point

    If you are creating your art gallery in a hallway, the main piece is normally going to be placed at the end of the hallway. This piece will invite the visitors to the area, but along the way they can enjoy all the other pieces you have on display. This is also a great place to put soft lighting that highlights the piece, but which also provides lighting to see where you are going in the hallway so you don't have to rely on common overhead lights.

    Mix and Match

    If you have sculptures and other three dimensional pieces, don't be afraid to put them on display near related two dimensional pieces. For example, if you have a landscape painting as your main focal point, you might want to place this part of your gallery display above a small table that holds a natural sculpture or elements from the area where the painting was done.

    Stagger Elements

    If you decide to put all of your art on the same level, it may be a good idea to do it in such a way as to build up to an end theme. Otherwise, it may be so streamlined that some of your glorious pieces will go unnoticed. Try combining different hanging levels or different mediums so that the overall effect is one of depth and creativity.

    Ensure Stability

    Because of the framing and other elements, many pieces of art require specialized art hanging hardware. Be sure that your items are secured correctly so that they can be enjoyed for years to come. Use quality art hanging hardware rather than the cheap items you use to hang your photos.

    Rather than seeing some of the smaller parts of your home as wasted space, you can turn these into the ultimate areas for the art pieces that you love so much. Creating your own art gallery is just another way to express your creativity.

  • How to Choose the Right Painting for Your Home

    Choosing the right painting for your home isn't as easy as it sounds. You have to decide on the reason for the painting in the first place, make sure you purchase the correct picture hanging system, and decide on the other decorative elements that go with it. Use the information below to make the whole process a bit easier on yourself. Continue reading

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