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Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • Acrylic Pocket Displays Showcase Your Listings

    Looking for the best way to showcase your listings? Greet clients in your office with acrylic pocket displays featuring the hottest homes on the market.

    Advantages Of Pocket Displays For Realtors

    Pictures bring your listings to life. Attract new clients' attention to your listings with a few professional photographs. The acrylic pocket display is easy to hang and install in your office, and the frameless hanging style shows off your photographs without distractions.

    As a realtor, your listings will change regularly. Rather than deal with traditional frames, why not slip a photo in and out in a matter of seconds? The acrylic pocket display allows realtors to update their listings in their office as regularly as they do on their websites.

    The pocket display comes in three different styles.

    Portrait Pocket Display

    The portrait style pocket display holds pictures printed in portrait format (8.5" x 11", 8.5" x 14", 11" x 17"). Showcase interior photographs with the portrait pocket display or feature listing information. With several different hanging configurations, realtors can even arrange photographs to mimic the layout of the house.

    Landscape Pocket Display

    Landscape pocket displays are ideal for realtors. The landscape format looks professional and is better suited for architectural shots. Landscape photographs fully encompass views and bring the scope of a house or room into perspective. The landscape pocket display accommodates three different sizes of landscape photographs (11" x 8.5", 14" x 8.5", 17" x 11").

    Dual Pocket Display

    Dual pocket displays allow realtors to hang two portrait size (8.5" x 11") photographs side by side. This style is ideal for showing before and after pictures of renovations or for a direct comparison of listings. This style also makes it possible to hang listing information directly next to the listing image.

    Contact us to install an acrylic pocket display in your office today. Show your clients what your agency has to offer, and enjoy watching your listings literally fly off the wall. 

  • Essential Components of a Gallery Track System

    Need a lighting system that is easy to assemble, affordable, and easy to break down after a showing? Gallery track systems have many advantages for gallery and home art hanging. This system allows ease of transport and minimizes risk of damage to art or even theft due to added security. These hanging systems can also pair with LED lighting for increased lighting efficiency while reducing energy use at the same time.

    Gallery track systems are typically made of three parts: wall tracks, cable hangers, and hooks. Professional art galleries typically consult on the most versatile and sturdy systems, but homeowners have been known to DIY systems of their own using hardware that is easily obtainable at hardware stores.

    Mounted Wall Tracks

    A stable wall mounted track is the first component of gallery track system. These tracks can vary in size and weight capacity, so its important to take this into consideration when choosing you wall mount. Hanging a large, ornate 20 x 20 portrait or a small 8x10 collage? Choose your track accordingly. The tracks, usually aluminum, are the rail on which paintings will travel, so the amount of paintings that need to be hung and length of the room will be deciding factors for purchasing wall tracks.

    Cable Hangers

    Cable hangers are made with sliders that fit within the wall tracks. Similar to a railway system, these cables effortlessly attach track to hooks eliminating the need for heavy lifting for readjustment. Two cables are recommended per picture. These are easy to find at any hardware store, and generally come in packs of ten.

    Hooks

    This part of a gallery track hanging system holds pictures in place. Attaching to the end of the cable hangers, these gadgets are often times adjustable, allowing easy change of picture position on cables. Most hook come with buttons that allow easy adjusting of picture height, and differing levels of security depending on need. For example, high security hooks make slipping or theft almost impossible. Less secure hooks can be used in the home where lightweight pieces are usually hung.

    Lighting

    This is probably the best part of gallery track lighting. New gallery track hanging systems are able to accommodate lighting systems that reduce energy use by using a smaller, more efficient LED light. These track lights are simply clamped onto tracks, give pictures a more direct light than if they are lit from the ceiling. Due to the adjustable hanging cables and hooks, adjusting the lighting for gallery track systems may never get any easier! 

  • Hardware For Signs And Banners: Don't Make The Costly Mistake Of Choosing The Wrong Hardware

    With so many companies choosing to install banners on light poles, one of the biggest challenges if choosing the right hardware for your company's signs and banners. Another challenge will be installing the banners the correct way, according to the instructions. 

    On many occasions, companies base their hardware chooses on only the price. Other times, they choose hardware because it looks like it may work; the decision is not always based on how it's made or the durability or reliability of the hardware. 

    This can definitely be a huge, costly mistake. The choice of hardware that you choose for your company's banners or street banners will be a big decision in this process. Some people actually have the mindset of, "well, the banner will only be up for a short period of time anyway; it does not matter what I use".

    This should not be the way of thinking. Many people are unaware of some of the circumstances that could arise when you use cheap and unreliable hardware. If you place your banners on weak brackets, a strong wind could easily blow your banners away. 

    Your signs and banners are placed over people's heads; this should encourage you to choose your hardware with care. You have to make sure that you understand the aspects and guidelines of the hardware you choose for your banners.

    You need to be certain that you are making the right decision when you are trying to find the right hardware and tools for your company's signs and banners. 

    Contact us if you are unsure about the hardware you need for your banners. 

  • How to Create an Art Gallery in Your Home

    Have you strolled through awe-inspiring museum and art gallery exhibits, wondering how each picture can be so perfectly and securely displayed? Art and design professionals have long known the secrets to creating high visual impact by carefully arranging and hanging works of art.

    Now, you can learn the essential steps for properly hanging artwork in your own home, without damaging paint and walls. Just one picture or framed poster can affect the total look and feeling of a room—for better or worse. Balanced placement and a professional, neat job make all the difference.

    Follow the easy infographic below to create a home art gallery, using traditional hardware or adapting more modern tension hanging systems.

    Traditional Hardware

    When using traditional hardware, decide on the best location for your framed artwork based on the total dimensions of the wall, or on one large piece of furniture, such as a couch. Find the center point on the wall and place the center of the picture at eye level.

    What if you have a set of three pictures, or want to hang a row of framed images? Even the least gifted home DIY-type can follow a few steps to mark the wall with painter’s tape and experiment with traced brown butcher paper standing in for the artwork. Review the seven easy step-by-step instructions below.

    Tension Hanging System

    Go for a full gallery effect with a tension hanging system, especially useful when displaying multiple pieces. The look is clean and uncluttered, and remarkably versatile, allowing you to change out pieces and adapt to different room arrangements. A tension hanging system is ideal for the clean lines of modern home interiors.

    Tension hanging systems can be suspended from ceiling to floor, ceiling to one wall, or wall to wall, thanks to the pivot head on each tensioner. Choose an easy-to-install, gallery-quality hardware system, and you can create a professional looking art display that will make your home art gallery a reality.

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  • Top 10 Most Beautiful Art Galleries/Museums in the World

    Beauty truly is in the eyes of the beholder, especially when it comes to art. When it comes to art museums, you might have to choose which is more spectacular: the architecture of the museum itself, or what can be found in a particular gallery display. Fortunately, having to make a choice between the two doesn't even have to be a problem when you can enjoy them both. Below, you'll learn about 10 art museums that will enrapture you with their extensive collections and/or the architecture itself.

    1. Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy: If Renaissance art is something you have an avid interest in, look no further than the Uffizi Gallery, home to what may be the most extensive Renaissance painting collection in the world. This Gallery also happens to be one of the oldest ones in the western world, so expect to experience a historical aura.

    2. Vatican Museums: When it comes to beauty, divine presence, and architecture, look no further than the glorious elegance of the Vatican museum, found in Vatican City. Home to some of the most famous classical sculptures and other pieces, these museums also boast the majestic Sistine Chapel and Stanze della Segnatura.

    3. “Metro”: Combine modern technology and trends with more than 2 million art pieces in New York City, where you can visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, otherwise known as the “Metro.”

    4. Prado in Madrid, Spain: Spanish architecture gently cradles one of the most renowned European art collections in the world. Naturally, this is also where you will find the largest and most spectacular collection of Spanish art.

    5. Louvre de Paris: Paris, France is home to one of the most famous architectural creations in history, combined with the more recent addition of the centralized pyramid. The Louvre was built as a medieval fortress of protection and is now home to some of the most important art the world has ever seen, including the Mona Lisa.

    6. Royal Ontario Museum: Canada is home to what seems to be one of the most constantly changing museums in the world. Constructed mostly by hand using local workers and resources, this museum later ditched its terrace look for a Deconstructionist crystalline material that is absolutely stunning. It is also home to an amazing mosaic as part of the rotunda, and many other exquisite details.

    7. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: This museum won't be found in the United States, much less Louisiana. Instead, look to Humlebaek, Denmark for an art museum that combines the grace and beauty of the landscape, architecture, and art itself to create a humbling experience.

    8. Musee d'Orsay: Paris is known for its dedication to beauty, which makes the transformation of the train station and mail depot into an art museum no surprise. The structure itself was designed to reflect its elaborate surroundings, but is continuously being revived in order to display its own extensive art gallery.

    9. Guggenheim, Spain: Not the only Guggenheim in the world, but the only one that combines titanium, glass, and stone in Spain to create an artistic structure built to house 19 different art galleries.

    10. State Hermitage Museum: Found in St. Petersburg, Russia, this elegant museum exists thanks to Catherine the Great, who founded it in 1794. Today, it includes 6 historic buildings and is host to a collective gallery display of more than 3 million items.

     

  • How to Choose an Art Piece for Your Home

    Choosing an art piece for you home can be fun, but it isn't always easy. From making sure you get the right art hanging supplies, to finding the one particular piece or combination of pieces to really pull your room together, some research and knowledge is required. Of course, it's all worth it when you see your living room turned from a general setting to a virtual work of art in itself.

    Research Options

    Before you even make a solid decision concerning what type of art you plan to purchase, take a look at what is available. You may be thinking of a simple painting, and then come across a piece of 3D wall art that really catches your eye.

    • Look on the Internet
    • Visit local art exhibits
    • Step into an art museum

    Compare Size to Space Available

    While you certainly want your art piece to be eye-catching, you don't want it to overwhelm a room. Instead, it should be the centerpiece that pulls the room together. When it comes to subdued colors, a large item on a small wall may be something you want to consider, but bolder looks call for more space. Otherwise, they can be too distracting and take away from the look of the room as a whole.

    Create a Centerpiece, Not a Distraction

    Note how your room currently looks. What kind of architecture is involved? What style is your furniture? These things matter simply because you don't want your art to conflict with the surroundings unless you are trying to make an oppositional statement.

    For example, if you live in a Victorian home, you may need to adjust the style of trim and décor to match an abstract painting. Otherwise, the room may end up with a disjointed feel to it. On the other hand, if you live in a contemporary style home, you'll need to add a few elements to the room to make it work with a renaissance painting.

    If you truly fall in love with a piece, consider the adjustments you need to make to a room to make it work, rather than looking for another piece of art. Artwork that speaks to you and reflects who you are is a valuable commodity, but things like curtains and wall trim can be easily changed to fit the mood you are trying to create.

    Speak with the Artist or Seller

    Before you buy a piece, it's always a good idea to speak with the artist or seller. Find out if the piece is an original or a reproduction, as well as what materials are involved in it. This way you can manage it in appropriate lighting and offer your guests information about the piece itself.

    Something else you may want to consider is how you are going to mount the piece. Be sure to invest in the correct gallery hardware or other supplies so that you can secure your art to the wall without worry. You might also invest in art lighting supplies at the same time to show off your beautiful artwork in your home.

  • Enjoy a Picture-Filled Hallway with a Properly Installed Picture Rail

    When you want to mount a lot of pictures in your hallway to turn it into an attractive space, using dozens of picture hangers is not the greatest option because it leads to uneven pictures and messy walls.

    The better option is to use a picture rail, which can give you a clean, discreet, and organized look.

    Choose the Right Hardware

    When getting a picture rail, you want to make sure you choose the right hardware as this will determine whether you are able to properly secure the rail into the wall. For instance, you need different anchors and screws when mounting into brick compared to drywall, so careful selection is essential.

    Pick Rods or Cables

    After getting the picture rail, you need to pick rods or cables for mounting pictures. If you are looking for a discreet look, you can get clear cables, thus making them the ideal choice. Cables are also a little more affordable, but rods are an excellent choice for when you plan on doing heavy mounting.

    Get the Correct Hooks

    To finalize the process, you must choose the right hooks. It is an easy and straightforward step, but an important one because not choosing the correct hooks will have you struggling with mounting.

    Although there are plenty of ways to go about mounting pictures on the wall, investing the time and money into a picture rail is worthwhile because it provides you with high-quality and reliable mounting.

    Contact us if you have any questions about our selection or mounting pictures in general.

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