Chill out! Why and how to choose artwork for a calming space
With long hours at work or school pulling you in one direction and kids or familyresponsibilities pulling you in the other, it’s no wonder the need for wellness, self love and relaxing practices have become more and more popular and necessary in every day life for a lot of us.While there are many tips and techniques you can use to work on and improve your mental health and general wellness, a great way to start is by creating a calming space in your home where you can relax, reflect, and unwind.Did you know that art can influence your mood? In fact, art is used by manyhealthcare professionals to promote serenity and tranquillity. Including artwork in to your home can promote calm, peace, and rejuvenation.When you choose artwork with specific colours, subjects, and designs that create a sense of calm, you immediately have a relaxing space to spend time in to better your mental health and general well being.So, what are the colours, shapes, and subjects known for creating calm? And where should you start with choosing the right artwork for your calming space? While selecting artwork is highly personal, we have a few guidelines that help you find the best artwork for a calming space.Consider colour Colour has a psychological impact on us humans. For example, brighter colours like red and orange inspire energy. Whereas more subtle warm tones can encourage relaxation. Blue is also a reassuring, calm colour; green inspires peace and creates balance. Lavender shades of purple can be quite zen too. You’ll want to focus on wall art incorporating these colours to create a calm space. ABSTRACT BLOOMS FLOWER PRINTSSome good options may be the calming colours of our UK National Park Prints. The subject matter of these prints also adds to the serene feeling of the collection. They were designed to celebrate the natural beauty of this outstanding places and the calming and restorative effects that exploring them has. PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK PRINTBRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK PRINT Additionally, creating a calming space also means avoiding colours that clash. Colours that are highly saturated and placed beside one another can be quiteexciting and even aggressive. This is counterintuitive to creating a calm space.Choosing colours that flow together peacefully can promote relaxation and reflection.POOLSIDE PRINTPonder subject and designBoth the subject and the overall design of any artwork are important. Artwork depicting calm scenery, such as our National Park Prints or the above Poolside Print instantly transport us to places which embody relaxation and perhaps evoke specific memories of times spent at those places. General landscape scenes also give the impression of space, calm and tranquillity.Better yet, if you’ve got a calming landscape that includes water, you’ve got a recipe for serenity. Pieces like our Lake District National park print include softer lines and water.LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK PRINTWhat’s more, artwork that is busy, with a crowded space and lots of clutter, canmake the piece distracting and may give off a sense of frenzy. Simpler, morefocused subjects are more likely to be calming and relaxing.PEACE SIGN PRINTContemplate displayDid you know that artwork that is cluttered can actually cause feelings of anxiety?This isn’t ideal when you’re looking to create a calm space to hang out. The same can be said for rooms with walls filled with artwork ofvarying colours, subjects, and angles.You want your artwork to be in harmony with its calm surroundings. For this reason, the artwork you choose should include dominant colours that blend with surrounding furniture and any other pieces you choose to include.A simple, more minimalistic display of artwork is more effective in achieving a zenspace rather than too many pieces hung on one wall.HAPPILY EVERY AFTER PRINTNow that you know just how powerful colour, design, and display can be in how itmakes us feel, you can choose artwork and display styles that complement a calm space rather than create a frantic area where you struggle to settle. We have plenty of prints on offer that includes soothing colours, designs, and subjects for you to create a calm space. Visit our website to shop our full collection.
Be the Best Guest: Choosing the Perfect Personalised Wedding Wall Art Print
Unlike fancy crockery or champagne flutes – which, let's face it, only get dusted off and used once a year, if that – an art print is something a couple can hang in their home and enjoy every day, which makes it the perfect wedding gift! Whether you choose something simple like one of our typographic prints or a personalised print designed specially for the happy couple, giving the gift of art makes you the best wedding guest for sure! So, how do you choose the right wall art to gift the two lovebirds? Here are our top tips for getting it right!How well do you know the couple? The type of wall art you choose to gift the married pair will depend largely on how well you know them. If you’re so close to the couple that you know their favourite song or even their first dance song before the wedding, then why not go for our super cool Record Player Personalised Print. RECORD PLAYER PERSONALISED PRINT Again if you know the couple well and know their style you may want to opt for a print that has a stronger design to it, such as our bestselling Matchbox Print or our Mason Jar print. If you know the couple extremely well and even know a favourite set of lyrics or poem that would mean a lot to them both then opt for our super personalised Love Letter Print. MATCHBOX PERSONALISED PRINT If you have visited the home that the couple will be living in when they’re married,you’ll also have an idea as to the kind of décor they prefer, meaning you can have a personalised print made in the right colour scheme, like our Skywriter PersonalisedPrint, where you get to choose your preferred colourway.Likewise, if you know the couple prefer a more minimalist colour scheme then why not go for our super bold Western Type Prints which you can mix and match to create a super bold, cool set. WESTERN INITIAL PRINTS What do you do if you don’t know them that well? Just because you don’t know the bride and groom very well doesn’t mean you can’t gift them something meaningful to celebrate their marriage. Personalised prints that display the couple’s initials side by side, for example, are the perfect way to give them something unique to their relationship.You can gift the couple wall art that is unique to them even if you don’t know themvery well. For many of our wedding art prints, all you need is the couple's names and wedding location details and you can make a super unique gift or even using the date of the wedding as the main feature is a lovely and extremely personal way to gift a timeless gift. DATE PERSONALISED PRINT To frame, or not to frame?Again, this depends on how well you know the soon-to-be-wed couple and what their interiors look like. While a framed artwork is fantastic and can be easily hung and enjoyed, you may not want to frame the piece you choose if you don’t know their specific taste. If your budget allows, we recommend framing the wall art you are giving as awedding gift. It’s just the best feeling being able to hang something right away.Consider the fact that the couple will need to spend time and money on having the piece framed themselves, along with hoe busy people are after weddings, it's very nice to give them a gift which is ready to enjoy. However, if you don’t know the couple well, it’s best to leave the wall art unframed so that they can choose the frame that they prefer. Speaking of budgets, our Personalised Prints are available in various sizes so choose a smaller A3 size print, which still makes a perfect gift, and is a little bit more budget friendly too. Giving the gift of wall art makes you the perfect wedding guest, even if you don’tknow the couple very well. It’s a meaningful and thoughtful way to honour thenewlywed pair and give them something for their home that reminds them of theirunion. Shop our range of personalised prints to find the perfect wedding gift.
Frame Colours and How To Choose Them
Deciding on a print is a tough decision as it is. On top of that you need to get it framed before you can get it up on your wall. For some reason the later seems like such a big task (even to us!) so we've put together the below to help you choose the right framefor your chosen prints! Remember that we offer professional framing in a choice of our handmade in the UK oak frames. They are delivered just as quickly as an unframed print (for free too!) so why not have a read of the below, get clued up and then add one on to your next order to take the pain out of framing! Have your print delivered, readyto get on the wall instead! BLACK FRAMES A black frame will always look great against a lighter coloured wall. Black gives a strong outline to anyIf subtle and neutral are more your vibe then keep things super chill with an oak frame on your lighter walls to give your space a calming vibe. We have oak frames on our (Lick Beige 03) bedroom walls to give the space a relaxing atmosphere. design and will make your print pop against your neutral background! A black frame also works on brightly coloured walls. If there's darker details in the design the black will help to compliment these too. WHITE FRAMES Likewise, a white frame on a darker background will give a great eye-catching pop to your space! A white frame also looks great on a coloured wall. Again, look at the colours within your print. A white frame will work great with a print that has a lot of white highlight in the design. OAK FRAMES An oak frame works well against prints and backgrounds with earthy, natural tones. The natural oak compliments the mustard colours in the print, as well as the content of the actual design. The natural finish of the wood sits well with the outdoorsy design of the print and along with the surroundings and colours it gives a tonally pleasing feel. If subtle and neutral are more your vibe then keep things super chill with an oak frame on your lighter walls to give your space a calming vibe. We have oak frames on our (Lick Beige 03) bedroom walls to give the space a relaxing atmosphere. PATTERNED WALLS If you are dealing with a patterned background or wallpaper, try to pick a frame which is sympathetic to the background. This marbled splash back is primarily light with some darker highlights and so a black frame helps to make the print stand out and compliment the details of the background, whereas a white frame would caused it to be lost.
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6 Ways to use and style our Endless Summer Postcards
Our Endless Summer Postcard Set is here for all your summer correspondence needs! But that's not all! Here are 6 different ways that we currently use our own postcard set! Postcards aren't just for summer holidays, they're for life! Read on to see our 6 tips on how to use your postcards to style your home, be super useful or to make super gifts for buddies!1. Frame up your favourite postcards to add smaller artwork to shelves around your house! Smaller A6 or 6"x4" frames are super easy to find and super inexpensive too, so you can create perfect little artworks for anywhere in your home! 2. Use one of our postcards as a birthday card! Perfect for any last minute (maybe, forgotten, eek) birthdays that sneak up on all of us! 3. Frame up one of the postcards in another inexpensive frame to gift to a friend! Personally I love receiving art as a gift, and it's usually the main gift that Bobby and I buy for each other. Pro tip to make an artwork gift extra special - frame it! By gifting a ready framed piece of art it is ready to hang and enjoy straight away. Because, let's face it, none of us ever get round to doing it for ourselves, amirite?? 4. Use as a bookmark in your current read! Our Lifeguard postcard is the current bookmark in our son's Thomas the Tank Engine anthology! Our postcards are made from 100% recycled 320gsm stock (for non paper nerds, that is a very sturdy weighted stock!) so they make a perfect bookmark and don't end up super raggedy like other, thinner book marks I tend to use. 5. Fill smaller spaces and gaps in your gallery walls. Creating gallery walls is one of life's joys, but it's always tricky, no matter how much you plan the space. So fill any edges or smaller spaces with our A6 postcards! We also think that the best gallery walls have smaller and larger artworks to them, as well as lots of colour so our Endless Summer Postcards are the best addition to suit anyone's design! 6. Use them as postcards! They may be multifunctional but take it back to the OG use and send your friends and family some summer love, no matter what time of the year it is! Everyone could do with an extra bit of love at the minute and who doesn't love to get post, right?!
Introducing the 'Greetings From' print collection
We are really excited to release the first 3 Art Prints from our ‘Greetings From’ collection. When creating our prints we are always inspired by the things we love, and things we want to celebrate. Places can mean a lot to us, whether they’re hometowns, a place where we met someone special or a favourite spot to visit. That’s why our Greetings From collection is the perfect way to celebrate the places that mean the most to us. The collection is inspired by the classic, retro Americana 'Greetings From' postcards from the 1950s. We’ve always been drawn to these and having collected quite a few of these on our own travels over the years, have always loved the extreme typographic style and the immediate, bold designs. When we decided to create our own collection we knew that we wanted to update the design to fit with our style of vintage inspired prints for modern walls, so we did this by using a more subtle colour palette and more graphic illustrative style, instead of the halftone photographic imagery of the originals. The more understated colour palette means that the prints work great at any size and look amazing as a stand alone piece in any room of the house, as well as making an awesome addition to any gallery wall. We have a great list of amazing places that we are working on for this collection, but we have released the first 3 based on places that mean a lot to us. Greetings From…Cornwall! Cornwall is a place that is definitely not difficult to love. We both studied on the same Graphic Design course at Falmouth College of Arts (now Falmouth University) which is where we met. Sharing our love of emo music and Americana design over late night beach beers and house parties will always mean that Falmouth, and it’s surrounding beauty, will always have a special place in our hearts. Greetings From…London! After finishing university we both ended up in London and moved into our first flat together in Crouch End. London is a one of a kind place and the amount of memories we have living there is countless. It’s where Telegramme Paper Co was born out of a spare room in a Victorian basement flat and where we spent any spare time, outside of full time jobs, working on the company. As much as we love London it’s no secret that jumping on the property ladder there is somewhat impossible, and so when we wanted to buy our own place we decided to look slightly further afield. We wanted somewhere close enough to London but we both decided that we missed the coast after our uni years of enjoying the sea and so we visited a few places before ending up where we are now, in sunny Margate. Greetings From…Margate! Our current hometown and the original design for the collection. We feel extremely lucky to have found this town and the huge amount of amazing people in it. Margate is the true home of Telegramme Paper Co as we have run the company together since 2014 but have only both been full time with Telegramme since we moved here in 2016. The initial reason behind creating this collection was to celebrate Margate when we designed our original Greetings From Margate postcard back in 2019 It was super popular and so we wanted to update the design and offer it in print sizes too, which is what led to us deciding to turn one print into a new collection. We hope you love the first 3 prints of the Greetings From collection. Be sure to sign up to the newsletter to be the first to hear of each new print as it’s released and head over to our instagram to let us know the places you’d like to see next! Speak soon, stay lucky, Bobby & Kate
Joanie Clothing Collaboration Interview
(origionally posted on Joanie) We’re thrilled to unveil our mini collection designed in collaboration with the inimitable Telegramme Paper Co. To celebrate this new partnership as part of our Joanie Gallery series, our Brand Director, Lucy interviews the husband and wife duo behind the brand, Bobby and Kate. Our latest collaboration in our Joanie Gallery series is the wonderful Telegramme Paper Co. With a joint love of vintage, mid-century Americana style, Telegramme Paper Co. was founded by husband and wife team, Bobby and Kate Evans in 2014. Now based out of their studio by the sea in Margate, they apply their unique illustration style to original art prints and personalised prints. We adore their use of colour and retro typography styles and have chosen some of their best-loved designs to create this mini collection. Our Brand Director, Lucy had a chat with Bobby and Kate for a little more insight into Telegramme Paper Co., the work they create and their love of vintage-inspired style. Bobby and Kate “Hi guys, tell us a little about yourselves - your set-up, your life. Where are you today? Set the scene for our readers.” Today we’re in our home in Margate. We just got in from dropping our son at nursery and having our morning walk along the coast, which helps us blow out the cobwebs and chat about what we’re going to be working on each day. It’s a perfect autumnal, crisp and sunny day - our favourite! “It must be so nice to be beside the seaside? Tell us a little about your hometown of Margate. What made you leave the big city for the coast?” We moved to Margate from Crouch End in North London in 2016 when I (Kate) went full time with Bobby at Telegramme. We love London but wanted to buy our own place and Margate was suggested to us by an artist friend who had worked on a sculpture down here. We visited a few times and fell in love. It really is a one-of-a-kind place and we’ve met so many amazing friends in the last few years. We feel very lucky to have found a home here. Art Excellent Slogan Tee, Amie More Amour Slogan Tee, Marley Everything Will Be Alright Slogan Tee “You illustrate for lots of interesting brands and TV shows – what’s your dream brief?” We've been lucky to land some pretty cool clients along our journey. From breweries to book covers and everything in between. It's always so exciting to see what might come in, and we are always flattered that brands would want us to do our thing for them. It’s our passion and we would be doing it anyways so it's awesome when people want to help you pay the bills too! We actually started out Telegramme by designing gig posters and, whilst we don’t get to do it that much anymore, our dream brief would probably still be a poster series for one of our favourite artists, like Bruce Springsteen or Dolly Parton. “We love a good slogan too here at Joanie Clothing, we’re always hearing phrases and saying ‘put that on a top!’ What is it about words that inspires you?” We met at uni as two super emo kids, so I think lyrics have always been a strong influence for us. Our bestselling Don’t Let The Bast**ds Get You Down print is from one of our favourite bands, The Get Up Kids and lyrics have inspired a few of our other prints too. We also adore typography, especially retro type, and always have an eye out to spot signs or old posters on our travels for inspiration. So using these influences and vintage styles to create bold type prints is a joy for us. Ronni Twist & Shout Slogan Jumper, Buddy Rock ‘N’ Roll Slogan Jumper “Your mid-century styling and Americana references are awesome, what is about the era that keeps you going back in time?” We are obsessed with the design and style of 1950s America, in particular Palm Springs and L.A. It seemed like such an exciting era with such a positive vision of the future and all that was possible. The colours, the typography and the signage of that era is just perfection to us and we’re always finding new inspiration from that time. “If you could travel back to one moment in time, one place - where/what would it be?” The opening day of Disneyland in 1955. We have been watching The Imagineering Story on Disney+ about the creation of Disneyland and it’s just magical and so inspiring. The designers and prop makers back then were just incredible. It would be incredible to share the experience of seeing something so pioneering come to reality. Nothing had been seen like it before so the excitement of the crowd would have been amazing. “A lot of your inspiration is drawn from travel, where’s next up on your list?” We love travel and are very inspired by vintage travel posters. I think with not having been able to travel for a while we’re desperate to get away now! It’ll be our 40th birthdays in a couple of years so we’re planning on taking a few trips to our favourite place, New York as well as Palm Springs hopefully. I’m also desperate to get to Japan, but we may have to wait until the kids are a little older for that flight! Ronni Twist & Shout Slogan Jumper, Ginger Let’s Dance Slogan Jumper, Buddy Rock ‘N’ Roll Slogan Jumper “It seemed like a great idea to translate your work into clothing, why Joanie?” Kate: I’ve worn Joanie Clothing for years. It was always such a unique place to find pieces that I could get truly excited about that nobody else was doing. I think our styles just fit so well together and seeing the designs come to life as pieces of clothing has been amazing - we’re so happy with the collection! “If you could steal the wardrobe of one person - past or present - who would it be?” Bobby: I’d choose Dickie Greenleaf (played by Jude Law) from The Talented Mr Ripley for my smart wardrobe and Matt Hooper (played by Richard Dreyfuss) from Jaws for my casual wardrobe - it’s harder than you think to find the perfect grey sweatshirt! Or maybe just Leon Bridges’ entire wardrobe as he always looks incredible. Kate: My style changes day-to-day as sometimes I want to be super casual and tom-boyish and then other days I want frills and big collars. I think the ‘70s was the coolest time for style, so I’d love to steal the wardrobe of the cast of Dazed and Confused. If I’m having a more dressy/cute day I wouldn’t mind a look through Katy Perry’s wardrobe as she is always pure joy. For our sons, Woody and Emmett, we’d love the wardrobe of the kids from Stand By Me. “Complete the phrase: ‘There’s nothing I/we love more than...’” Drinking a margarita in a hot tub in the sun!