Statues and Wall Decor Transform Home Decor

I have found myself assisting my son in the operation of his online website. It’s a store that sells unique gifts and home decor items. At first just figuring out how to do things took more time than I could afford and I didn’t even pay that much attention to what was being sold.

Now that I have learned the ins and outs I have been taking a good look at what is being sold. For the most part it is art in one form or another. It may be statues, wall decor or even bookends, but they all are artistic.

I never was one who cared much about art. But having looked at some of the incredible pieces that my son offers I have come to a late appreciation of it.

Many of the statues that he carries are simply beautiful. They may be original pieces or reproductions of famous artwork. The may be of animals, religious figures, mythical gods or dragons. The styles range from classical, Egyptian, Asian, Contemporary, Art Deco and even Gothic. There is something rich and appealing in each one.

I am now going to art shows. I have come to appreciate the enormous talent that it takes to produce a good work of art. A couple of weeks ago I went to an art show where you could watch the artists work. Not only were there paintings and statues, but outside you could watch large statues being made with blowtorches. You could watch the intricacies of the clay molds that were being made and you could talk to the artists as they worked. It was fascinating and I wanted to buy almost everything that I saw. The drawback was price. Original works of handmade art are incredibly expensive. Six Thousand Dollars for something small and upwards of $30,000.00 for a medium sized sculpture or painting. A full size statue may cost more than $100,000.00. These are well out of my league.

I never could understand why people would spend astronomical amounts of money for art. I’m still not sure that I understand the $4,000,000.00 that one painting may sell for but I do understand the allure now. At my son’s site you get beautiful quality statues and other works of art for between $50.00 and $400.00. Larger outside statues may be a little more. Of course they do not look like the $50,000.00 versions. But they are good enough to add some really nice touches to your home decor. I have four new statues now and a couple of sculptured wall hangings. People look and them and complement them. They know as well as I do that these are not high priced originals but we enjoy looking at them. Forget the lofty debates about art. I am not versed enough to know one art form from another or what makes the works of certain artists special. I just know what I like to look at and perhaps that is the point of art when you get beyond the cocktail circuit discussions.

For years I’ve had tables with nothing on them but lamps and shelves and walls with blank spaces. That is no longer the case and I like walking around my house much more than before. I am easily entertained. I wish that I had done this sooner.

Home Decorating Ideas – Get Creative With Framed Art!

Many people think that framing art work is just for protection and little else, and that frame designs are pretty standard with little room for creativity. Did you know that frames not only compliment the art work but itself can be a work of art? Below are different types of frames that you can use to add a touch of creativity in your home decorating adventure.

Shadow Boxes

Shadow boxes are a great way of giving your art work a three dimensional effect. Any kind of object can be placed in a shadow box – flowers, leaves, miniature models and origami are often good choices. Even conventional two dimensional pieces like paintings and photographs can be placed in shadow boxes. Presenting art this way creates an illusion of depth because of the shadows that are created and this makes it a little more interesting to look at. By convention, if you’re going to use shadow boxes to display art, keep everything small in size. Use small pictures and art work; this will keep the viewer’s attention focused on the art work and the three dimensional effects of the shadow box. As mentioned earlier in my other articles, you don’t always have to hang art on a wall – place the shadow box on a side table in your living area so that guests can enjoy a close and detailed look at the display.

Color, Color and More Color!

Intensify your art display with a bold mix of colors. Mix and match the color of your frame and matte to find the right balance. Don’t forget that the color of the matte also contributes to the overall presentation, so be sure to find a matte color that will compliment the color of the frame. Finding the perfect color match to suit the surrounding theme of your home can be quite a challenging task – a good tip is to contrast with the surrounding wall and furniture so as to throw attention to the art piece. If you have a wall that is light or pastel colored, choose a frame and matte color that is striking and shouts for attention. Let it stand out and be noticed!

Wooden Frames

Wooden frames come in a wide variety of styles and can suit most home decorating themes. Modern or contemporary, classic or rustic, the choice is yours. Even for wooden frames, you have a wide variety of color shades to choose from. Pick a light untreated frame for a rustic raw look or a dark plain shade for a clean contemporary flavor.

Ornately Carved Frames

If you have a decorating theme that borders on the Classical or Victorian, these kinds of frames couldn’t be more perfect for your home. Great for family portraits and paintings, these frames provide very rich detail in intricate carvings which themselves are a work of art. Although a little more expensive, these types of frames will work nicely if you’re decorating along with antiques and other ornaments.

Metal Frames

Metal frames are common and inexpensive and easily lend themselves to most home interior styles. These types of frames can be used to showcase any kind of art, ranging from landscape paintings to portraits to abstract art. With a wide range of colors to choose from, the frame color can work well together with the color of the matte and the art work to complete the creative display. Black frames are perfect for black and white art or photographs. The choice of black is stylishly simple, and sits quietly in the background without offering too much detail and stealing away the focus from the centerpiece artwork.