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.
We are thrilled to start 2017 by sharing the news that Signarture has been awarded Best of Houzz for a fourth successive year.
The award is determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of reviews received throughout the previous year. Signarture consistently received 5-star ratings from their clients and several images of their artworks are among the most popular in the Artwork category as voted by the 40 million members of the Houzz community.
We're very grateful to those clients who took the time to write their reviews that earned us the award. If you haven't yet taken a look at Houzz, it provides not only inspiration for your next renovation or redecorating project, but an easy way to connect with the design professionals who can help make it happen for you.
We received this message from Jason Chuck, Managing Director, Houzz Australia: “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to such a talented and customer-focused professional who helps turn their clients' home improvement dreams into reality."
Thank you clients, thank you Houzz and thank you Jason!
Check it out here: http://www.houzz.com/pro/signarture
Pantone, the global colour authority, have just announced their 'Colour of the Year' for 2017: Greenery 15-0343.
Symbolic of the prevalent global culture, the colour of the year is an expression of the collective mood and attitude.
According to the Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, the colour provides reassurance amidst the social and political turmoil and satisfies our need to rejuvenate, reconnect with nature, with each other and with a larger purpose.
We've been observing this innate craving for a connection to the natural world as the antidote to modern urban life for several years now. Greenery is nature’s neutral and is already well represented in our Treescape and Outside In collections.
This particular shade, Greenery 15-0343, is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. It is illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, that signals that it's time to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
Greenery is a natural for application to interior design, as shown in this installation of our 'burrawang' treescape in colourway 77 on display at our showroom partner Cosh Living's Sydney showroom.
As Eiseman says, "Open spaces in interior and exterior design and floor-to-ceiling windows allow the green outdoors to become part of a room’s backdrop and ambiance. Adding Greenery through living walls, terrariums, botanically-themed wallpaper, paint, accent furniture and decor provides respite and breathing space. A Greenery-painted wall or piece of furniture delivers a pop of color, with the added benefit of creating the illusion of nature indoors. Bringing the outside in, the shade—like the plant life it represents—can improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings".
With the days growing longer and the holidays in sight, this is the time of year that we start to visualize the summer months ahead relaxing or entertaining outdoors.
And our expectations of 'outdoor living' have changed dramatically over the last decade. No longer will a few aluminium folding chairs and a Weber barbecue suffice! With the advent of synthetic wicker, all-weather fabrics, outdoor lighting and indoor-outdoor carpets, you can now live as stylishly and comfortably outdoors as you do indoors.
To make the most of al fresco living, look at your patio, courtyard, balcony or pool area in the same way you might approach a room. You'll first need to consider:
But to create an outdoor room you're going to need more. Pattern and texture are key and, as with any indoor space, its the accessories and the artworks that you choose that transform bland and uninviting into something that expresses your personal style.
Metal artworks are a popular choice but if you're looking for something different, you might like to consider our perspex artworks.
Perspex is a brand of acrylic glass, a material which is half the weight of actual glass, far less fragile, offers much greater UV resistance and is crystal clear.
To create the artworks we use inks that offer the optimum in UV resistance resulting in a finished product that has excellent weather resistance, and is unaffected by humidity in which other materials would corrode, warp or degrade.
We utilise the transparency of the medium to generate the stunning shadow-casting, and this takes on an extra dimension in an outdoor setting where the angle and intensity of the light is constantly shifting.
If your terrace, patio, courtyard, balcony or pool area is looking less than inviting, have a look through our perspex art collections and create a space you'll love to spend time in this summer.
Any of our showroom partners across Australia would be delighted to help you with furniture too!
We are delighted to announce our new showroom partner Innerspace, located at 509 Murray Street in the heart of Perth.
The team are passionate about quality and good design and their range caters to every furnishing need for residential, commercial and hospitality interiors and exteriors.
Innerspace represents leading international furniture brands, from Flexform and Thonet to Herman Miller, whilst maintaining an equal dedication to bespoke Australian design.
The showroom will display examples of our artworks on perspex and canvas, including 3D framed fine art prints, and installation is timed to coincide with Contemporary Wine In Design to be held on Saturday October 15th, 2016.
According to the organisers, the event will bring to Perth a range of topical industry talks, international designers, installations and a complete immersion in the design lifestyle of Perth - all complimented by some of the regions' finest wines.
Innerspace will be hosting workshops, product launches, and events throughout the day with their wine partner, Flying Fish Cove.
Signarture Creative Director, Sarah Leslie, will be there during the day, so whether you're a design industry professional or an art and design savvy member of public who has always wanted to be able to see our artworks up close / in person, we look forward to meeting you in Perth!
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
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
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.
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 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.
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".