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Monthly Archives: March 2018

  • What If You Just Want One Perfectly Straight, Evenly Spaced Column?

    When you're creating a minimalist display, every detail matters. There's no covering up mistakes or adding extra touches for a homey, cluttered look. There are two potential solutions and, like with every project when something might go wrong, using both gets you the best results.

    Create a pattern and tape it to your wall.

    This is an art display version of measuring twice and cutting (or poking holes) once. Cut out newspaper shapes with the same dimensions as your picture frames and rearrange them on the wall until you're satisfied. The important part of this technique is that you have to measure the picture frames. Don't measure just your pictures or use the dimensions printed on the frames wrapping. Measure it yourself so you can plan the gaps and columns precisely. Not only does that prevent mistakes when you're installing the final version, you can really examine the display before it's permanent and decide if you like it.

    Use hanging cables instead of separate frames.

    Picture frames are notoriously bad at hiding imperfections. If it's the slightest bit ajar, that angle will always catch your eye. If one frame sticks slightly to the left of the others, you'll always notice it. Both wide and narrow frames will let you know if something's not aligned. And frames that use two supports instead of a central hook and wire band (which are a type of frame that always seem to tilt) are hard to readjust.

    So get a cable system instead. Not only do vertical cables provide a straight guide so the artwork is always hanging straight relative to each other, it's easy to correct and straighten permanently during installation. Because the cable system stays in place you also don't have to worry about patching holes and making new ones each time you want to hang new and differently sized pictures.

    If you want to just install a straight column once and hang different displays for years, go to Systematic Art to get started.

  • Make Your Restaurant or Coffee Shop a Community Hangout

    Maybe it's a bit of a cliche, but hanging local artwork in your coffee shop is good for business. Not only does it bring in the business of the artists themselves, it's a queue for the community. Here's how to get the most good out of hanging local art and displays.

    Make sure you have room for everyone's displays.

    Don't just restrict your displays to the traditional artwork of people looking to get acclaim on a wider stage. Create a large area where you can display local paintings, the winning work from high school contests, promotions about local productions and shows, and more. Highlighting everyone's accomplishments means you're not cutting out any part of the market. You're also inviting new customers, such as proud parents who wouldn't have otherwise stopped by but now might go out of their way. In order to make sure nothing gets covered or, even worse, damaged, start off with adjustable display hardware so you can organize the pieces and add on additional columns as needed.

    Don't stress out your walls.

    Using picture frames for everything, or even just the professional art, will get heavy pretty quickly. That can start to step on your landlord's toes, who might have rules about heavy displays and wall damage. The same is just as true for pushpins and binder clips, which can also damage the artwork. Instead of having a mish-mash of supports, frames, and pins, use cable systems. They are balanced to provide support without overstressing areas on your wall and ceiling. They can also help you stay within rental rules and fire safety regulations.

    You can still stick to a central decor theme.

    Every coffee shop has their own color scheme and style. Whether it's a corporate demand on a franchise location, your favorite colors for a self-owned business, or just what happened as you picked up discount furniture and decorations, you have your own style. Cable displays fade into the background and make only as strong of a statement as you want. They also introduce a bit more order to your community wall with their adjustable grid formation.

    Go to Systematic Art to pick the style that works best for you, and get started growing your customer base.

  • Use Photo Display Systems as Quick Fixes for Ugly Flips

    Flipping homes means tangling with a lot of tricky problems. Whether you look for the easier homes that need a cosmetic work and upgrades or you rake in the profits with the foundationally unsteady homes that no one else has the experience to touch, sometimes the houses are just ugly. Here's how pre-installing photo displays can change that.

    Draw positive attention to asymmetrical walls.

    Some house designs have aged out. Whether your new property has a bunch of smaller rooms or a few half-walls in the high-ceiling living room, the walls just don't look like how people expect them to. Sometimes, you can't make them match their fellow walls through good paint jobs alone, but moving the wall isn't in the budget. Instead of accepting a lower selling price, turn it into a highlighted feature. You can install the foundation of a cable art system so that prospective buyers can imagine their own customized take, or you can place the picture frames in a design that fits the wall to its advantage.

    Make a reason for inconsistent textures.

    Paint texturing used to be far more popular than it is now. That doesn't just include popcorn ceilings or a bit of texture to mitigate crooked drywall. It also includes half-inch thick globs of pointy texture that needs a sander and a lot of patience to get rid of. But a lot of rooms with textured paint from thirty to forty years ago have a flat accent wall, which means you either have to get rid of all the texture, add texture to the flat wall, or get creative. Make the flat wall look purposeful with photo displays and hanging hardware. Not only does it block the worst of the contrast, it makes the flat wall make sense: you can't hang photos (or a television) in front of thickly textured paint.

    Go to Systematic Art to get the hardware you need across all of your properties for consistent quality and easy installation.

  • Top Two Tips to Keep in Mind When Planning an Art Display

    If you're planning your display instead of designing it on the fly, you're already off to a great start. Organizing your display as you go will just lead to extra work, extra holes in your wall, or a finished display you don't like as much as you thought you would. Here are a few tips so you only need to plan once:

    1. Keep the frame in mind.

    If you have a bunch of eight by tens but you're using different frames that you've picked up over the years, then your job won't be as easy as creating a simple grid. Measure the whole dimensions of the framed, final product and use that for your planning. Sometimes a frame decides where the central focus is, and they can make your final display look lopsided if all of the heavy or ornate frames are off to one side. Remember: the margins of empty wall space between frames should always be the same, not the distance between pictures.

    2. Overestimate the weight.

    Just like it can be easy to overlook the frames when you're planning, it can be easy to overlook the total weight of each piece of art. You need to calculate the artwork, the frame, the hanging assembly, and the potential drag of someone touching it when comparing it to a hook's maximum recommended weight. It's also good practice to hang everything on two points of support (even if it means a lot of leveling), each of which could support the art single-handedly. Not only does this protect the art, it protects your walls.

    If you want to simplify the whole process, go to Systematic Art for adjustable hanging hardware, secure supports, and more advice.

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