- Gray is the new black
Gray has always been a very versatile color that goes well with so many things, but this year it's taking center stage as the perfect neutral. Gray is stylish, sophisticated, and glamorous. Pairing various grays such as charcoal, silver, slate, or subtle gray with more vibrant colors like sunny yellow, sapphire, magenta or forest green can have amazing results.
- Popular colors include Navy Blue, Turquoise, and Pantone's Orchid
Bright colors are big this year and we're seeing lots of amazing interiors that include these gorgeous, bold beauties.
- Graceful curves and geometric lines
The perfect blend of feminine and masculine in any interior -- mixing graceful feminine curves with geometric shapes and straight, masculine lines can be a match made in heaven!
- Light, honey-tone woods
There's nothing like warm wood tones to brighten up a space, and they are definitely making a comeback this year.
- Metallics, jewel tones and bling are in
There's nothing that says 2014 quite like gorgeous splashes of copper, bronze, silver, Aztec gold, pewter, steel and antique brass mixed with neutrals and a dominant jewel tone. Ruby, Turquoise, Sapphire, Emerald and Amethyst are all amazing jewel tones and of course we can't leave out popular Pearl. Everybody loves a little shine and sparkle to liven up an interior.
- Saturated colors
Similar to last year, vibrant, saturated colors are still in. People are realizing more and more how important is to feel happy, and that the spaces that they spend all of their time in are a major contributor to that happiness. Cheerful tones are a great way to make interiors feel warm, welcoming, and uplifting.
- Natural colors
On the same token, natural colors are also big this year. It may be the 21st Century, but people are feeling a growing need to revitalize their connection to the earth, to "go green" and bring nature back into their homes. Earthy tones include but are not limited to muted blues, rich chocolate, espresso, tan, beige, red rock, forest green, avocado, and fern.
- Wood, hair on hide, and other natural textures
Along the same lines of #7, natural textures are big this year. You'll be seeing lots of rich, textural woods, furs and leathers, cowhide, and hair on furniture and accessories.
- Putting things together that don't match perfectly
In music, there is something called "dissonance", which is defined as lack of harmony among musical notes. While this may sound strange, dissonance can be one of the most beautiful aspects of music. In the same way, interior designers can use their own kind of dissonance by mixing colors, textures and patterns that might not seem to go together at first glance, but really make a statement when you step back and see the whole picture. We're seeing a lot of dissonance in interior design this year.
- "Less is more" when it comes to accessories
People are realizing that all of those extra accessories that they bought over the last few years are actually beginning to feel a little cluttered. It's back to basics with the old adage, "less is more" and keeping it simple.
- Sculptural artwork is incredibly popular
We are seeing so many beautiful new mixtures of sculpture and painting this year in a new fusion of art that adds a three-dimensional element to the typical two-dimensional art. What a fun way to accessorize!
- Bringing the outdoors in and vice versa
Last (but definitely not least!) everyone is finding new and wonderful ways to merge the indoors and outdoors into spaces that would really have to be considered both. In Hawaii, they call it the "lanai" and here on the mainland we call it fabulous! It's the perfect space to entertain guests or relax at the end of the long day, bringing nature back into our modern world.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
It's amazing how art is the difference and aura of an interior! That's why we are so excited to share these images from our most recent art installation at the EventMover Office in Irvine, CA. They had a fairly large white office space, which meant quite a few walls that needed character. We helped them finish their office with paint, final furniture, art and accessories.
When we had our initial consultation with EventMover, they were pretty clear about what they wanted: a peaceful Japanese Garden feel with lots of waterfalls, bamboo and scenes of nature. So we set to work giving them a large collection of our art and photography along those lines. They ended up selecting most of the pieces from our fine art photographer Tien Frogget as well as a few pieces from our talented artist and photographer Ricardo Vela. We decided to go with a combination of framed metallic prints and large canvas wrap pieces and the Photomation team did an amazing job bringing them to life.
Art is one of the most important elements of any interior -- in fact, it can make it or break it. Often times even the most beautifully and carefully designed spaces just look unfinished without the right art to complement it. Or worse, if the wrong art is chosen for the space it can take away from the impact of the interior completely. When the right art is chosen for the right interior, magic happens.
The thing is, choosing the right art for a business like this one isn't just about aesthetics. Creating the right atmosphere for a working space like EventMover is critically important because having a peaceful and visually appealing office contributes to higher productivity and efficiency in employees. For more information on some of the scientific studies that were done on this topic, read our previous blog post, Did you know... art helps you live longer and healthier? A small investment in art can actually pay off down the road by improving employee mood and in turn increasing productivity.
Here at OC Designer Source, we specialize in choosing the right finishing touches for interiors. We make it so easy for you to have an optimized space by choosing the right art and accessories and making it work within your budget. Let us use our expertise to transform your business office.
Monday, September 30, 2013
When it comes to your art, figuring out a price that works for each market can sometimes feel like walking a tightrope. You don't want to sell your work for peanuts, but at the same time you don't want to price yourself out of a sale. How much should you charge and how much is acceptable when someone offers to sell your work for you and give you a commission?
First, you need to remember that every kind of sale is unique in its profit structure. A fine art sale has more than one way that it is priced depending on where you are marketing it. For instance, if you are selling it yourself at a show vs. selling it through a gallery, it will be structured differently in your profit margin. This is also the same with licensing which you can spend the money and time out of your creative process or you can work with a professional who does this on your behalf and keeps you creating.
There can be a benefit to setting your prices really high at the right time, but if you are not a known artist this can be a very hard hill to climb. Saying that your work is worth the large price tag and making yourself only available to a certain clientele can give collectors a sense of exclusivity but if this potential clientele does not see the value it can mean failure. Setting your prices high right off the bat when no one knows who you are yet can make it difficult to get your career going for a while, if ever. You'll want to set your prices based on your buyers and work from there to your goals.
So what do you do when you have an agent who is selling your work for you? Or a company contacts you and wants to license your work? When it comes to making these kinds of deals, it can feel really disappointing when you realize that you won't be making nearly as large of a profit on every licensing deal. In fact, when it comes to reproductions and licensing, it isn't uncommon for an artist to make as little as $5-$150 per piece, depending on what is being sold and if the job is a volume deal. The more volume the less the offer per image, but lucrative if your image is a contract for 100-1000’s. Getting your work seen is still a goal every time you sell the right. The more you are seen the better your increase in audience.
In some instances you may be working with someone to promote your work. This is also a process of events that takes time and is of benefit to you in creating diversity. The agent has used their time, money and effort promoting you, therefore to engage a price that is less than expected is understandable for certain instances. Remember, it is a sale in which your providing an image only to make it happen. The agent does not always make a commission on these sales. They sometimes are fitting a number into a job that fits the budget for a client to make you a sale. Finishing a job within budget for the customer, which in turn brings repeat business and spreads the word of your work to their colleagues for future sales.
When it comes to pricing and selling your art, you should do what keeps you painting and creating. Along the way, it's good to be flexible and willing to try different ideas and price points for different situations. After all, being a successful artist doesn't just mean making sales – it is also creating beauty that makes others' lives more enjoyable. It's about sharing what is in your heart with those who appreciate it.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
|"Golden Opportunity" © Steve Henderson|
Not everyone shares this love, but if you have it, it's unlikely that it's a mild affection. It's usually a lifelong love affair -- the kind that you're hopeless to try to escape from, that tugs you back again and again like the constant tide to its briny embrace, tempting you with moist salty kisses. You always seem to find your way back to that wild tangled tumult of wave and froth and spray.
|"Sailing into Open Sea" © Tien Frogget|
|"Hera II, Valletta, Malta" © Richard Harpum|
|"Key West Sunset Sail" © Peter Treiber|
|"Emerald City Twilight" © Steve Henderson|
|"No Limits" © Tien Frogget|
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
In a study where human guinea pigs were hooked up to a brain scanner and shown 30 different works by world-renowned artists, they found that when the viewer looked at a piece of art that they really enjoyed, blood flow increased to the brain by 10 percent (the same as looking at a loved one!)
The test was carried out by selecting dozens of people who were chosen at random but were picked because they had no prior art knowledge. In this way, they would not be influenced by current trends, the popularity of the artist, and other people's tastes. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measured blood flow in the medial orbitofrontal cortex -- the part of the brain associated with desire and pleasure.
The increase in blood flow was directly related to how much the viewer enjoyed the piece. When they were shown works that the viewer thought was ugly, often times either little or no blood flow increased to the brain. Even though it may seem obvious that looking at something beautiful will make you feel good, the scientific study proved that it affects our brain even more than we previously thought.
Not only then do we want to spend extra time carefully selecting art that beautifies our home and work spaces, but it becomes increasingly important to provide beautiful art in places where it is imperative to our health -- hospitals, dentists, doctor's offices, chiropractors, wellness centers, spas, the list goes on and on. Finding someone who can bring in art that will positively affect the people who will be viewing that art is of the utmost importance.
A soothing image might help an anxious dental patient while they are having a cavity filled. A calm and peaceful work of art can effectively help someone waiting in an emergency room who is worried about a loved one. Or even something as simple as a relaxing painting can help someone who is usually stressed to find relaxation at a massage center.
Take the time to select the right images for your interior design projects. And if you don't know what to choose, then bring in an expert. OC Designer Source has been studying how interior design and art affects environments for many years and can use our expertise to optimize any interior for any purpose -- we specialize in art installations for commercial, hospitality, and residential interiors.