“By all means paint”…

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.  —
Vincent Van Gogh 

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Art: The Finishing Touch for Any Business

After you’ve worked long and hard with your design team to create a functional and inviting commercial space, don’t forget the finishing touch…art work. You can choose from 2- and 3D depending upon the location. I would probably steer clear of the performance art unless you run a dot.com.

Not sure of what kind of art your space calls for?
Ask a designer! We’re trained to understand your brand and what types of art will express that brand.

Here’s an example of small conference room dying for art! It even has wall-washing recessed lights, but no one thought about what the wall was washing! Silly. I’ve added red blocks to show where the art would go nicely on that washed wall. And then I’ve included some samples of art I’d might choose for this space. If you’ve ever been in a conference room, you know how your mind wanders, so in this case I would pick art that gives the mind something to ponder. It’s amazing how 5 minutes of day dreaming at a piece of art can generate thousands of ideas!

Remember, art is not purchased based upon your paint or furniture colors, art is chosen for its intrinsic value, for its beauty, because it “speaks to you”, because it expresses your company’s brand, mission, vision, culture. Whatever you do, have some fun! Be thought provoking! Dare to be different!






Roula Chreim
Painting Acrylic Size: 66.9 x 82.7 x 2 in

Saatchi Online



River Abstraction No 1, 2011, (IMG_3169) Black and white photograph by Keith Dotson

Keith Dotson

Art Hanging – Arakawa Hanging Systems

If you’ve got a plethora of art that you’d like to group (salon style) together and you cannot measure or nail straight (like me) you have two choices; hire a professional picture/art hanger (do a google search, you’ll find one or two in your town–your art gallery or framer can recommend someone, too), or you can use one of these handy systems from Arakawa.

In addition to wall-mounting art, the company also offers ceiling mounting and they even have a product designed for Cathedral or shed roofs.

So says the company’s website:

“Arakawa rails make hanging artwork a snap. Wall rails such as our CRE and CRJ are the most common choices, and all you need is the rail clip, cable and hook (or other midway gripper) and you are ready to hang your art. Our products are designed to be minimal and unobtrusive, so that you can show off your artwork, not the hardware that hangs it.”

In this installation, the home owners used the CRB1800-a ceiling and floor railing to hang their eclectic art collection salon style.  The cables, BS1R rail clip and BS23BRSET rail tensioner go unnoticed and the artwork remains the primary focus.

According to my discussions with the company, something like this would cost about $800 in materials (based on a 10′ ceiling) plus, you guessed it, installation. But hey, since most of your work is done for you, all you need to do is attach art clips to the back of your pictures and then fasten these to the cables…easy peesy lemon squeezy, as we say in the industry!

Art Hanging – Arakawa Hanging Systems.