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Signarture Wins Best of Houzz 2021

Consistently receiving five star reviews from clients worldwide, we are delighted to share the news that Signarture has been awarded Best of Houzz for an eighth year. Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. 

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Practical Considerations for Artwork Installation

So, you’ve fallen in love with one of our artworks, you've already measured up for the perfect spot, and you’re getting ready to commit to it. What are some of the practical considerations? Is professional installation required?

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Signarture Wins Best of Houzz 2019

We are thrilled to start 2019 by sharing the news that Signarture has been awarded Best of Houzz for a sixth successive year. The award is determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of recent reviews from clients. We consistently received 5-star ratings from our clients and several images of our artworks are among the most popular in the Artwork category worldwide.

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The Easy Way to an Introduce Greenery

oversize signarture kuranda canvas

Bringing the outside in is an enduring trend contributing to Pantone's choice of Greenery as the colour of 2017. If you're lucky enough to be surrounded by lush, natural greenery, then employing floor to ceiling glass or expansive windows to connect you to nature may be all you need.

But where the views are more challenging, and that connection to nature is lost, introducing living green walls, botanically-themed wallpaper, artworks or accent pieces is the way to go.

And whilst painting or wallpapering takes plenty of preparation and a fair chunk of time if you're going to do it yourself, hanging an artwork takes less than an hour, has an immediate impact and a transformative effect on your space.

If you didn't get around to it over the Christmas / New year break, then the four day Easter holiday is often seen as the perfect opportunity to inject some new life into your home - the literal meaning of 'renovate'.

Finding that artwork that you love, complements your colour scheme, and is available in the right size for your space now takes a lot less time. You won't need to walk into a hundred gallery spaces searching for the one.

With our bespoke approach, Signarture solves all your usual artwork dilemmas by making it possible for you to order exactly the combination of artwork / colour / shape and size you need.

If you fall in love with any of our designs, you can very easily make it your own by customising it to suit your space.

There are many more than fifty shades of green, but what ever shade of green you like - fir, spruce, moss, jade, teal, apple, emerald - you'll find they are all super easy to specify.

 

 

Where to Hang Artworks to Best Effect

signarture burrawang perspex artwork

When you've invested time and money in choosing artworks you love, you'll want to ensure that you hang them where they can be positioned to best advantage. Here are our tips to make the most of your investment.

1. Positioning relative to Room Layout

Step into your home and then into each room with fresh and critical eyes. Artworks create dynamic focal points so you want to position them accordingly

  • where they will be seen on first entering your home and in spaces where they'll be admired when entertaining
  • where you will enjoy them most - from your favourite chair, or perhaps whilst you're propped up in bed

2. Positioning relative to Furniture

Think about their positioning in relation to the furnishings in the room. All but the very largest artworks work best anchored to a piece of furniture

  • centred above a table or sofa, rather than centred to the mid point of a wall
  • but over a long, low credenza or shelving, asymmetrically balanced by other elements and objets d'art
  • or along stretches of open wall, again hang well to the left or right of the midpoint

3. Positioning relative to Other Artworks

Don't make the mistake of hanging artworks at different levels - unless of course you're aiming to create a 'rogue's gallery'. And don't make the all too common mistake of hanging them too high.

  • no matter how big or how small, artworks that share the same wall should share the same centre line - the height at which the centre of the work is placed relative to the floor.
  • this is usually between 150 and 160 cm, or 50' and 63" in imperial terminology, depending somewhat on your own height: the idea being that, at a normal viewing distance, your eye gaze is falls naturally on the mid point of the artwork. 

Of course, whilst the above may be rules of thumb, they're not hard and fast and as with every rule, there are the exceptions that break them.

If you have a very large work, anything over 140cm high, you may well want to hang it lower than you might otherwise, so that it keeps a relationship with the floor. And with larger works, architectural features such as the top of doorways / openings often provide a better anchor to align the top edge of  an artwork.

Sometimes it's best left to the professionals. 

In major capital cities across Australia, we can arrange installation by professional fine art installers at the time of ordering your artwork.

Please just get in contact to arrange.

The Art of Making Others Fall in Love with a Home

The arrival of Spring usually heralds a significant increase in the number of homes on the market. Whether looking to rent or to buy, or sometimes just to sticky beak, after a winter in hibernation, buyers are more motivated to head out to inspect apartments and houses all across the country. 

signarture lhotse artwork in modern perspex complementing modern apartment hallway

If you're the seller then you'll want your home to look it's best and artworks play a major role in that. If you're not able to hire the services of a professional property stylist, then these are the five guiding principles you'll want to take note of:

1. Location, location, location: it's vital to consider where buyers eyes will fall as they enter the home and enter each room. You want to draw their attention to the home's best features and this is where you position your artworks.

2. Less is more: whilst bare walls are definitely the most uninviting option, leaving a space feeling cold and unwelcoming, you do need to limit the number of pieces that you display to maintain that all important uncluttered feeling.

3. Size matters: a common mistake is to select artworks that are too small for the room or for the scale of the adjacent furnishings. At the same time you don't want artworks to dominate - they shouldn't be wider than any furniture below them.

4. Know your market: consider the overall style of your home and which buyers it will appeal to. If you keep the style of the artworks consistent with that, you will ensure it resonates even more strongly with your target market.

5. Keep it impersonal: do remember to remove any family photos and portraits - buyers and tenants alike want to be able to picture themselves and their family in the home, not you and yours.  

The right sized artworks, in a style that complements that of the home, positioned for maximum impact really do make all the difference when it comes to creating that all important first impression.

We recently received this feedback from a client in Melbourne who realised the importance of artwork in making buyers fall in love with their home that they were preparing to put on the market:

" I wanted to get in touch and let you know we are very happy with the artwork - we love it! It certainly made a statement when people entered our home and we had a very successful result at auction on the weekend - very proud of how our home presented and the statement the artwork made". 

How to Measure Up for the Perfect Size Artwork

sizing up artworks using lo tack tape

One of the benefits of our bespoke approach to creating your artwork is that you get to choose the size and shape that works best for your space.

Given the choice, you might be left wondering which size and shape will actually suit best. Here's a quick and easy way to help you decide using lo-tack masking tape -the type painters use- cheap and readily available from any hardware store.

  1. Cut two strips to the length of the maximum width of artwork you think you might like, and another two to the length of the maximum height. NB: You might want to refer to our standard artwork sizes, but we can create any size you want.
  2. Fix these strips to the wall to outline the position where you will be placing the artwork.
  3. Take a photo straight on that shows the outlined artwork in context, and maybe another from a common approach angle.
  4. Repeat the process with smaller sizes and different shapes as necessary
  5. Compare your photos. Get a second opinion from a friend with eye for these things, or share them with us and we'll give you our professional opinion.

As a rule artworks look best hung with their centre at eye level - or about 150-160cm from the floor -or with their top edge aligned with the top of door frames where these exist on the same wall.

Square and rectangular pieces suit a variety of spaces. Our larger sizes are ideal for open plan spaces, or rooms with really high ceilings where smaller artworks are just dwarfed by the scale.

Our panoramic pieces are a great option for placement above pieces of furniture from beds and sofas to sideboards and console tables. In fact we designed these to sit perfectly behind double, queen or king size beds, 2, 2.5 and 3 seat sofas.

It's a common mistake to buy artworks that are too small for today's open plan spaces - hopefully these tips will save you from that.