The Emotion of Color

Tweet Color elicits emotion, we all know that, but are you aware of which color elicits which emotion? When choosing the color scheme in your home consider what emotion you are trying to evoke in each room, this is the … Read More

Color elicits emotion, we all know that, but are you aware of which color elicits which emotion? When choosing the color scheme in your home consider what emotion you are trying to evoke in each room, this is the emotion of color I am taking about. Then you can use the easy color search option on Gallery Direct to find the perfect piece to decorate your room. RED: sense of power, impulsively, sexuality and increases one's appetite ORANGE: steadfastness, courage, confidence, friendliness, and cheerfulness YELLOW: intelligence, joy, and organization GREEN: hope, growth, good health, freshness, soothing, sharing, and responsiveness BLUE: tranquility, love, acceptance, patience, understanding and cooperation   Is your home sending the message you want? You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.
I crave the feeling of new decor, I think I am actually addicted to it.  I love retail therapy for my home. Too often I find myself buying new pillows, pictures, dishes, vases, throw blankets, duvet covers, towels, and most recently a new scale.  That last purchase is when I knew I had a serious problem, I bought a scale because it looked cute in my bathroom, not because I intend to stand on it. I decided it was time to break this obsession with purchasing new items every several days and that I was going to love what I already have. I am on a "no home decor purchase" pact for the next 6 months!  I can still redecorate, but I have to get creative with what I already own.  Here's five tips to show you how I have been coping. Tip #1 Moving my artwork around!  This is my favorite tip, moving artwork from one room to another creates a whole new room and a fun decorating challenge.  First, I started in my bedroom.  I took these love birds by Judy Paul that were above my sofa in the living room and hung them above my bed.  I love how modern the bedroom looks! Tip #2 pile on your pillows.  I grabbed every pillow I had in my entire home and put them on my bed. I am so pleased with the results and it doesn't bother me that they are all a little different.  As I went through other parts of the house, I pulled pillows from the bed to decorate the other rooms and still have 8 left on the bed. Yes I even got carried away and threw a white boa left over from Halloween on the side of my bed to throw the symmetry off a bit. Next up was my living room. Tip #3 I rotated my floor rug by 90 degrees.  This was scary at first, but I stuck it out.  I moved the sofa away from the wall by 3 feet after reading that moving your furniture to the center of the room can make a room look bigger.  I am not sold on this idea yet, but it did give me plenty of wall space behide the sofa to place large pieces of artwork. Tip #4 I took several books piling up in my book shelf and made a side table! How brilliant is this? Tip #5 I took all the blankets I have and placed them on various pieces of furniture. The sofa, reading chairs, even the ottoman. Bonus Tip: #6 I had a small curtain with a black and white pattern laying around. It's actually part of my winter collection.  I placed it on the table in the breakfast nook making a table cloth!  I then filled a vase with some fresh fruit, mostly oranges for the splash of color and to give it a summer like feel. Have a revamp your home tip for us? Please share with me in the comment section below, as I still have 5 months of no spending to go!  Wish me luck.    
Remember how cool the cassette tape was? When they came on the scene, the eight track tape suddenly looked like car a battery. Cassettes were sleeker, but then the CD rolled out and that was all she wrote. Then the iPod emerged and everything changed again. No need for having a bunch of discs strewn about; now all your music could fit sleekly in the palm of your hand. Consider the old television with a picture tube. If you wanted a big screen, it was like having to deal with a parked car in your room. Thankfully, the slim HD flat panels killed their monstrous cousins. You may have heard color trends start in Europe and work their way over to the U.S.? Or that PANTONE sets the tone for the world’s color? Maybe quite a lot of what you’ve heard is true? Or maybe, it’s bunk? We’ll never tell. We’re sort of sworn to secrecy around here. In general, we can talk about home fashion trends. Consumer products and household items are influencing our home décor choices, even our fashion trends. Your wireless world, flat screen televisions, iPads, smart phones, Smart Cars (and the like) are having a profound effect on what makes us feel comfortable in our livable spaces. Things are becoming stripped down. Have you also noticed people are wearing less clothing? Big things are out. Minimalism is in. This is the chief influencing factor in home décor today, and it’s not going to change anytime soon. Our number one selling item at Gallery Direct is canvas wall art without a frame, called gallery wraps. Folks went out, bought a sleek home theater system, kicked their desk top computer to the curb, and said, “Whoops, all my traditional framed wall art looks like a VCR!” We created our acrylic art line to complement our canvas art collection. It’s a completely innovative way to view art. Maybe canvas artwork isn’t your thing, but you still want a modern look for your walls. Art on acrylic is your solution to display images that fit into your high-tech universe. Every single one of our 12-million images is available on acrylic: sleek, refined, luminescent. If you’re one of those people who buy the latest and greatest as soon as it drops, here’s your chance to be first on your block!

New Artist: Fatmir Gjevukaj

Tweet We recently launched work from one of our new exclusive artists, Fatmir Gjevukaj. Fatmir considers himself a traditional artist. Here is a quote from Fatmir: “My love for movies and comic books since my early childhood and my interest and … Read More

We recently launched work from one of our new exclusive artists, Fatmir Gjevukaj. Fatmir considers himself a traditional artist. Here is a quote from Fatmir: "My love for movies and comic books since my early childhood and my interest and focus which has always been on creatures and characters made me enter the world of cg art five years ago, and that's what I have been doing pretty much ever since." This definitely shows in his artwork. We love all the bright vivid colors and characters he paints! Be sure to check out all of his artwork on Gallery Direct! And here's a sneak peek at the latest work he's dropped off with us. Currently working on the digital files in our Imaging Department...

Generational Photos

Tweet I love coming across unique ideas for family photos and lately I have been seeing a lot of great Generational Photo Ideas. Here are a few of my favorite unique ways to photograph the generations all together.   Source: … Read More

I love coming across unique ideas for family photos and lately I have been seeing a lot of great Generational Photo Ideas. Here are a few of my favorite unique ways to photograph the generations all together.  
  This could easily be reinterpreted in many ways with women or men in all kinds of outfits, however you do it I like the picture it paints.

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  While no faces are involved in either of these I think the creative use of hands from different generations would make a striking piece of art that would start many conversations in your home.

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    I love this wedding photo idea and wish I had done it on my wedding day!

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  And of course the show Modern Family made this popular, but it is still lots of fun!
  Last but not least this one would take some photo editing skills, but the finished effect is very cool! Have you ever thought of creating a great generational photo piece of art? You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.

Happy Summer Solstice from GD!

Tweet So yesterday marked the first day of summer! People take advantage of the warmer temperatures by spending more time outdoors during the summer. Activities such as traveling to the beach and picnics occur during summer months. Here at Gallery … Read More

So yesterday marked the first day of summer! People take advantage of the warmer temperatures by spending more time outdoors during the summer. Activities such as traveling to the beach and picnics occur during summer months. Here at Gallery Direct I work in a room with no windows, it's for a good reason though, I can't have any light from the windows shining on the art I am working on in the imaging department. So I can't gaze out the window to see the beautiful summer blooms or see the summer breeze rustling the leaves on the trees. But that's okay, from the photo above doesn't it look like summertime in the imaging department!? Lots of beautiful, bright, vivid colors. Found a summer vocabulary word list, here are a few words: berries, daisy, flowers, fresh fruit, gardening, grass, hot, June, outdoors, picnic, relax, rose, season, sunny, visit, warm weather, watermelon. Some of those words come to mind working in my windowless room, thanks to the incredibly beautiful art I get to work with.

Pinterest Inspiration

Tweet Did you know that Gallery Direct is on Pinterest? If you haven’t started following our boards be sure to start doing so now! We have a “Pin It To Win It” board with your chance to win free art. … Read More

Did you know that Gallery Direct is on Pinterest? If you haven't started following our boards be sure to start doing so now! We have a "Pin It To Win It" board with your chance to win free art. I've been a Pinterest user for awhile now. I love the ideas, creativity and inspiration I can draw from Pinterest. One person I love to follow on there is Jessica Colaluca with Design Seeds. She has a passion for color (something we have here at Gallery Direct too!) and shares her color palettes that she journals from photos of art, architecture, nature, food, animals...you name it. So if you are having trouble coming up with interior color schemes for you home, you surely can get some inspiration from Design Seeds. And here is the thing, don't just stop at painting your walls these colors use the color palettes to help you find art! If you don't already know, you can search and browse through our art per color palette. Here are some examples of Design Seeds palettes I choose to inspire me in finding some Gallery Direct art...

Feels Like Summer

Tweet I just recently published two new series of Laura Gunn art. I love her art, it feels like summer to me. Summer is just around the corner – well unless you live here in central Texas like us here … Read More

I just recently published two new series of Laura Gunn art. I love her art, it feels like summer to me. Summer is just around the corner - well unless you live here in central Texas like us here at Gallery Direct...then summer started several weeks ago. Laura's art is always colorful and vibrant. Laura blogs about her life as a mother, artist and designer over at "Paint in my Hair", it's a great blog to follow and she shows you how to liven up your home with her incredible art! Poppy Bouquet I-III Branch in Bloom I-III

Color Forecast

Tweet In the creative world we tend to follow trends and forecasts. Our Art Director also encourages all of our artists to keep up with the trends and color forecasts because he knows that’s what will be hot and what … Read More

In the creative world we tend to follow trends and forecasts. Our Art Director also encourages all of our artists to keep up with the trends and color forecasts because he knows that's what will be hot and what will sell! Home Accents Today magazine came out with a great Color Forecast article. I love that Brighter Brights and Americana are what's "in" because here at Gallery Direct we have a ton to choose from in those categories! And it's so easy to find art in these colors because on our home page you can search for art by color... Some of my favorites that would fit into Brighter Brights... And Americana... So do you want to stay with the latest trends and forecasts at an affordable price...shop at Gallery Direct!
Do you love to have everything in each room match in your house? Do you have a theme throughout your house that flows from room to room? If either of those decorating styles sounds like you then you should consider decorating with prints from the same series. Many artists found on Gallery Direct have created series that are an easy way to decorate your home and know it all goes together. Series come in may different versions from those that are the same color with slight variations like the Seafoam Series by Leslie Saris   Or you can find series that have the same print in multiple colors like the Color Study or Lily Suite by Laura Gunn series Have you ever considered decorating with art in a series? You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.