James Smith

Artistic European or Marble tile work

Art gallery tiling work

When designing an art gallery there are several factors that must be put into consideration. The way the art gallery is designed will determine its success or failure. A good design is more likely to attract customers. Designing an art gallery may turn out to be a challenging process especially if you don’t have a goal in mind. Before you start applying various designs you must ensure that the design you have chosen reflects the pieces of art that will be on display.

One of the main factors that must be considered is the style of tile that will be used in the gallery. This has a lot to do with how the floor will be designed and what themes will be applied in the flooring tiles. Marble style tiles are among the best flooring designs that you can choose from. This is because marble tiles offer all that your art gallery may need. Here are some of the advantages of using marble tiles in your art gallery.

High aesthetic value

Marble tiles are generally very beautiful. If the right design is applied the art gallery will adopt the same beauty. When properly polished marble tiles can turn the whole room into one giant mirror creating artistic images on every surface. This will make the art pieces on display to be more visible to the customer as one will be able to see the artifacts even without directly looking at them. The reflections in the room will act as a third eye to the customers.

Marble tiles come in a variety

Using marble tiles will give you an easy time when tuning the appearance of your art gallery as against when you decide to go for European style tiles. This is made possible since marble tiles come in a variety of colours, designs, and patterns. This allows you to come up with jaw-dropping custom designs that will attract more customers to your gallery. Depending on the pieces of art you are showcasing marble tiles will make it easier to switch from one artistic theme to another. Through this, you can easily keep up with changing trends in the world of art. The variety of patterns on marble tiles will also create art in their own way when properly installed.

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Marble tiles are radiant

Because of their translucent nature marble tiles can reflect light. This property gives them a radiant property that makes them very effective when used in art galleries. When marble tiles have used the lighting in the gallery will be improved as the tiles will be reflecting light from various sources. This will give the entire room a sparkling look that will attract more customers and visitors. Due to the reflection property, impressions of the pieces of art hanged on the walls are also likely to be reflected on the marble floor. This will create a rare view that may attract further attention from those in the gallery.

Marble floors are very easy to clean

Art galleries are places that require a high standard of cleanliness. With marble tiles, your art gallery will look clean all the time. Marble tiles will give you an easy time when cleaning since all that is required is a simple wipe on the surface. Floors made of marble tiles also don’t get dirty easily, this is because the surface of these marbles is designed in such a way that stains cannot stick to them permanently.

Marble tiles are durable

Marble tiles are very tough and can withstand external pressure. This makes them effective in places with high traffic such as art galleries. By using marble tiles, you can be sure that you won’t have to spend on replacements from time to time.

 

James Smith

Turn Painting Into A Hobby 

painting as a hobby

Paint can be used for many different things. First of all, there is paint used for houses and interiors – that includes traditional timber oil as well as wall paint – and these types of pain come in big tubs. If you are renovating at home and you need to paint a wooden surface, you need to get this type of paint. But before you paint anything (especially wood), remember to clean it first with decking preparation

But, that’s not really the type of paint you are interested in, is it? You want to paint pictures and artwork yourself!  But if you are a complete beginner when it comes to painting it can be hard to know where to start. If that’s you, my best tip is to start with acrylic paints. 

Acrylic Paint 

This type of paint is not expensive and is easy for beginners to deal with. They are water-soluble, so it makes for easy cleanup, quick-drying and will give you a good all-around first paint experience.

It’s very common, especially as a new artist that is just starting out, to have a mental blank when you sit in front of the canvas. Therefore, a good tip is to think ahead and find some ideas of what you would like to paint. You can look on Pinterest for some ideas, or simply just google pictures and photos and try to recreate them on your own canvas. This can help stimulate your imagination and encourage you to start thinking visually.

Painting is not only for professionals. It can be a great past-time and a very calming and enjoyable hobby.

Don’t worry about being an amateur when painting, this happens to everyone who starts out. Even professionals were amateurs at one stage. Do you know the word amateur comes from amateur which means one who loves? This should give you a better feeling of being an amateur. Painting is done for enjoyment and my guess is that you’ll find yourself proud and sentimental of your work pretty quickly.

There may even be a time when you become more advanced in your painting, and decide that you might like to start selling your work. This can give you satisfaction, knowing that someone likes your art so much they are willing to pay for it.

In nursing homes and group homes, people join art classes not just to fill in time but to create their own masterpiece and enjoy the relaxation that painting can bring. Painting can also be very challenging, and you will find that at times you will be so absorbed in this hobby that time just flies by. If you join a painting group, you will find everyone is at the same level as you and that you are not alone when you face troubles like mental blanks and not getting something right.

It doesn’t matter how old you are or what stage in life you’re in; a painting can be really beneficial for people of all ages, including little children. I think it’s time for you to start painting something and wait for people to comment on your beautiful work! Then you can feel super proud when you point and say “I did that, that painting is my work”. Painting can be an escape into a new world of calmness. Painting even makes for a sentimental present for a wedding or birthday. You can work with pictures already drawn to get comfortable with different shades and mixing colours before you work on sketching and creating your own drawings from scratch.

If you don’t feel confident with painting, you can take one of one many lesson available, with an art teacher who can help you to learn the basics. Once you feel more comfortable, then you can move onto the next level and try more advanced methods. Enjoy paint shopping, picking out a nice canvas, choose your easel, your pallet and some wonderful bright colours to use. The best thing about painting is that you can paint your backyard, the beach, your family portrait or even whatever is sitting in front of you at the time.

Get your inspiration ready and see what you can create. You never know you could end up becoming the next famous painter! 

James Smith

Use Design To Increase The Value Of Your Home

Use Design To Improve Your Home

Not all renovations will give you a nice profit in the end when selling your home. There are some projects that will cost plenty more to do than what they will give you back in return. To make sure you know which ones are worth the trouble (and the $$), I’ve conducted thorough research to find the best solutions. Here are a few renovation and design trends that will give you the best return when you decide to sell:

Bathroom
There are two options here: you can either update the bathroom or add another. The trend for more bathrooms has been growing over time and it is being reflected within the renovation market too. It is not unusual for homes to have 1 bathroom and 1 ensuite these days. If you are renovating or adding another bathroom, then it is important to have your budget set out from the start and aim to stick to that fixed price (to the best of your ability). Most buyers want bathrooms to be up to date and modern with stylish fixtures and fittings. It’s also important to style if properly; add some beautiful coastal style home interiors or a couple of plants. There are so many components to a bathroom, that it’s easy to make small improvements that will have a big impact.

Repainting
Renovations are meant to show off the home’s qualities rather than diminish its value. By doing good renovations, you’ll have the best opportunity to make a good profit when you sell. Painting is a good option to give the home a cheap and easy “lift” (as long as you are using modern shades and colours). Paint is actually a powerful renovating tool. You can modernise and refresh an outdated and tired home with just a coat of paint in a modern colour scheme. Trust me, if you add one of those stunning armadillo rugs to a newly painted, white room – people will go nuts for it!

Street appeal
When you are renovating a home with a set resale in mind, ensure you are making improvements to the outside of the house as well. You want to maximise the number of potential buyers that are walking through the door enticed from the street view. With this in mind, consider incorporating things like modern cladding materials. You also need to clean up the garden and make it look thriving and beautiful. Your front door is important for the street appeal. If you’ve got an outdated door, consider replacing it with a modern front door that has more of a wow factor to it. You can even paint the door with rich colour and give it a big lift. Ensure the garden is tidy, the front lawns are mowed, and no weeds are seen popping out anywhere. Either replace or repaint the front fence and add a new modern letterbox and house number.

Outdoor area
There is a big trend when it comes to upgrading your outdoor area to a more indoor-outdoor style of living. We used to see barbies on a patio, but now the outdoor area is an extra room that is just an extension of the home with big, wide-open doors opening right outwards. Your outdoor area is now a driver for the buyers. They imagine themselves using it and suddenly they are sold on the type of lifestyle it could offer.

All home renovations should be done with the intention to increase profit. Try not to inject too many personal preferences and tastes into your design choices. Try to keep a broad audience in mind – less is more here!
Things like pools and new appliances won’t add much profit and are not exactly what people are looking for. Search the current market and see what is selling and what isn’t, and work out how it differs from yours and what extra could you be doing to bump up the profit.

James Smith

What Is Nail Art

nail art

Professional nail art is decorating and painting nails with colourful materials, designs and things like gemstones – to brighten up the traditional manicure with certain accessories. The nail art industry appears to have boomed and has now come into high fashion. It is very popular amongst popular culture enthusiasts, which means it is now a key asset for generations of women who like to show their individuality and personal styles through their manicure. What used to dominate the nail art market was the traditional red and pink shades, but now we are seeing more freestyle artistic creativity. Beauty technicians have a big variety of colours, foils, stickers and new 3D designs that they use to create nail art on their clients. 

In the last few years, the demand for custom nails has taken off, and the trends are changing constantly. It doesn’t matter what mood, outfit or occasion you’re going for – there is a nail tool, polish or technique to complement it. Having a unique set of nails makes it so easy to express your creativity and show off your individuality in an affordable and powerful way.

Professional nail art techniques

Many salons offer professional nail services that suit different occasions, tastes and budgets. Some blow wave bars offer nail manicures in addition to their hair services too – which is an option you might want to look into. You can buy your own DIY nail art, however, you are going to get a longer-lasting result and better-quality nail designs if you go to a real nail salon. Some styles are just too hard to achieve yourself.

Here is a list of the most popular nail art treatments and techniques that can be achieved at a beauty salon:

Gel nail art

This popular form of professional nail art is offered in many different salons and it is called gel manicure. This manicure involves the application of special gel polish to the nail that is set in place by a purple UV lightbox. A modern application is the bio sculpture gel, which comes in a variety of colours and will actually strengthen and protect your nails.

Foil nails

This is an eye-catching nail design that has emerged in recent years. It is a multi-dimensional manicure that is created using foil transfers. There is a huge variety of patterns, colours and different metallic shades available. This option is super pretty and often ends up lasting the same amount of time as a normal manicure. To get this look, the nail artist will start by getting the foil transfers cut to match the size and shape of your nails. A special glue is then added to the nail in order to hold the foil in place. The nail technician will then apply coats of clear polish in order to set the foil. And voila – you are done! 

Nail piercing

This one is pretty self-explanatory. The technician will create a small hole in your nail using a nail plate and insert a decorative gemstone or accessory. This doesn’t take long and is an easy way to add some sparkle to your nails. The best thing about the nail piercing option is the fact that it can be done on both natural and acrylic nails.

Nail art pens

The interest in nail art is growing every year, and the latest addition to the nail art tool is the art pen. Nail technicians can use this handy device to add decoration with different images, colours, patterns and textures. This will create a unique manicure each and every time you get it done.

3d nail art

These days women want volumetric nail art. This can be done by using different tools and techniques that include glues, gemstones, colours and special gels.

With so many options available, you are bound to find something that suits you and your budget. Just make sure you are not allergic to any of the chemicals

James Smith

How Advertising Helps a Museum!

art, gallery, paintings

Museums are homes for cultural heritage, historical artifacts and legendary customs proven by the relics and ancient materials they have collected over time. Its main importance to society is its ability to preserve, research, study and record these findings and share it to the people for the sole purpose of learning. This way, we get a hold of how civilization had come about and how we all evolved as human beings.

conference, meeting, display

Despite these very interesting facts, museums remain uninteresting and mostly ignored because of the greatest discovery of all time, mobile phones. People nowadays research everything online. They won’t go to libraries, galleries and museums anymore to get hold of something fresh, abstract and historical. In short, nobody pays attention to museums anymore. And while museums aim to preserve for the sake of learning, learning on the other hand diminishes because of too much reliance on technology.

To avoid this catastrophe, this needs to be reversed. But how?

If mobile phones are what keeps them preoccupied, then let it be a way to bring the museums to their attention. Advertise through it.

Here’s how advertising can help a museum display really take off:

  • Make use of the limitless potential

Museums have never been a fan of technology. Somehow, cameras are prohibited inside museums most of the time. Considering every mobile phone has a built-in camera, it’s time to embrace technology and take advantage of this form of digital marketing. Instead of looking at it as a way to tamper an artwork’s exclusivity, allow its photo to be taken and use it to advertise the museum or your latest exhibition showcase.

User generated content, which basically arises from either fans of social media or of a certain product, event or place – anything that is worth featuring in their posts, can be considered a modern way of doing advertisement via word of mouth.

This way, artwork enthusiasts, collectors and researchers themselves could build a community altogether that could influence other people to check out what the fuss is all about. People are naturally curious, and they naturally want to belong in a community. Their curiosity drives them into finding the right group for them. Eventually, they become your greatest advertisers as they share away their first-hand experiences and visitations in museums when they share these in their social media. The secret is to come up with a bad-ass hashtag that only resembles your museum.

  • It can provide a medium for what the museum is showcasing.

Assign mobile-friendly tasks while making use of the advertisements in Facebook. Entitle a gallery or an exhibit using trendy formats like: “Click on your favorite!” Showcase every piece that can be captured and then tag a friend who’ll like it as you publish it. This calls them to act as soon as they reach the event. And as they tag their friends in social media, there would be an instant pressure to do the same to conform to the established community.

Hashtags can do wonders as this is how everybody is linked to each other. When there’s an opportunity to connect among these communities, it instantly makes noise and people will start to wonder and decide to experience going there themselves. Advertisement is effective when it is used this way.

  • Advertisement connects you to the outside world.

While the museum’s sole purpose is to preserve as it discovers, making certain relics, paintings or exhibits could be made available to ignite interest among followers. Build a website that could showcase what could be seen in the museum and establish connections to them by keeping it fresh, making contests available (how can anybody not like a contest?) and make online purchases possible? Build it from ground up with content. Channel events to bloggers, contributors and journalists and allow them to leave recommendations and encourage them to rate your museums.

Subscriptions is another way to build a community. Newsletters of newest collections or basically whatever new is happening may be disseminated through it. When you keep the communication intact this way, they would feel privileged and important having told of first-hand information.

Most of the time, museums are associated to be something boring, old and traditional. But it doesn’t have to be if you decide to be creative about it. It’s time to unleash its many potentials to the crowd and to bring them back once again to the museum doors.