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Ask the Expert – pictures for small rooms

Ask the Expert – pictures for small rooms

Q. My bedroom is really small.  How do I decide what size pictures to choose to make the most of the space I have?

A. “That’s a stunning painting but you need a big room for it – my rooms are way too small”, is a phrase we hear in the gallery nearly every day.  The assumption is, that a big painting needs a big room, when in fact the opposite is true.

There are plenty of ways you can make a space look bigger than it is.  Paint it all a pale colour, create an accent wall, introduce carefully placed mirrors, don’t place all furniture against the walls, paint the ceiling lighter than the walls, and the current trend – paint some walls black (I thoroughly encourage you to try this – it is amazing how calming black can be – go for Farrow and Ball “Railings” for a soft black).

So, what about the myth that small rooms need small pictures?  Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with one or two small pictures in a small room but the trick to help make the room look bigger is to add just one big statement piece.  This creates a focal point and draws attention – making the space feel more expansive.  Wall art that uses reflective media like glass, aluminium and resin art is perfect for bouncing light around and giving a feeling of space, or if you prefer something more painterly go for a composition that draws the eye into the distance.  Clare Wright’s  “Epernay” is a fantastic example of this – the avenue of trees drawing the eye beyond the limits of the wall it is hung on and the sparkle of the gold and silver resins and crystals that she uses really bounces light around.

Need help with sizing a painting for your room – call our interior expert Fenella or drop her an email for some free advice.   

info@fizzgallery.co.uk   /  01275 341141

Five top tips for a photo gallery wall

Five top tips for a photo gallery wall

vintage frames on old wooden wall

Gallery walls are a great way to display multiple pictures (and objects) of any kind, especially if you would like to make a family themed wall. Staircase walls make a great space for a gallery wall because you’ll see it regularly as you use the stairs.  It’s fun and easy to do – just follow our tips for a great result.

  1. Choose your pictures/photos/objects.  Keep it interesting by choosing different sizes and media such as prints, photos, paintings, maps, medals or other memorabilia.  Stay with a general colour scheme but don’t try to match everything – small shots of colour will add interest.   Make sure you have a good mix of sizes as too many small pieces will look messy.  You need at least one large piece to anchor the wall.
  2. Choose your frames. For the best result look for frames that have different profiles, widths and textures.  For a sophisticated look, choose frames in the same colour palette or for a more fun and relaxed look use frames in different colours. Don’t be afraid to ask us for help.  Our framing team will be more than happy to give you advice.  If you can show us some photos of the wall/room, it will help us to help you even more. Even if you are re-cycling old frames, we can advise on how best to use them and keep your pictures/photos/objects protected and safe on the wall.  Perhaps most importantly we’ll help you avoid costly mistakes.

    A symmetrical composition for simplicity and balance.

  3. On the floor.  Lay your pictures on the floor and play with different layouts.  Before you start, measure the wall space you have and mark that out on the floor so that you work within the space you will have when you hang them.  Move things around a bit like a tetris puzzle until you are happy with it. If you are hanging your gallery wall on the stairs, follow the upward line of the stairs to create a sense of movement. Don’t forget you might want to add to the wall over time, so allow space to hang additional pictures above and below the top and bottom lines, and to the left and right of the side lines.
  4. When you are happy with your plan on the floor, take a photo to refer to when you are hanging them!
  5. Hanging. If you are hanging quite a large group, start with the centre piece and work outwards.  Stand back regularly to check that you are happy with the layout and don’t be afraid to adjust it.




A look into the world of digital artist Keith Drury

There’s no shortage of paintings and prints of Bristol but the contemporary digital works of Northern Ireland’s Keith Drury are far from your average cityscape. And with digital art now very well respected in the art world – it’s no surprise that Keith’s work is so popular.

Keith’s pictures can take three or four months to create – and that’s working 12 hour days (he doesn’t need much sleep!).  The level of detail in each piece is astonishing – transporting us through the history of the city right up to the present day. Keith comments,

“You might need a magnifying glass or the eyes of a young child to see some of the details I include. There is always a courting couple hidden in my compositions and people who know my work know to look for them. In one of my Belfast pieces there’s a telephone box with the door open. There’s a number written inside apparently for the Northern Ireland Assembly, but if you were to ring it you would get through to Belfast Zoo!”

Keith’s Bristol series consists of 3 limited edition prints featuring a bold, colourful quirky representation of iconic landmarks such as The Suspension Bridge, The SS Great Britain, The Matthew, Cabot Tower, old favourites like the Llandogger and The Old Duke and of course not forgetting Shaun the Sheep, Gromit and a balloon or two!

Keith has no idea where his art gene came from, as neither of his parents had any interest in it and his father even advised him to get a ‘real job’.  We are very glad he ignored that advice!

We were first introduced to Keith and supported his work at the beginning of his professional career as an artist. It has been an exciting journey watching the demand for his work increase dramatically in recent years.

So the obvious question is – how does he do it?

“Whilst I’m tempted to say ‘by magic’ or because ‘the Fairies made me do it,’ in reality it is created by a lot of painstaking hours spent making digital models in intricate 3d detail. Everything you see in the picture is a 3d model, from a signpost to a vehicle and all the buildings, even the clouds are transparent models which are sculpted. The only exception are the stars –
I tried modelling them but I wasn’t happy with the result. That said, in some pictures the moon is a model. I use a completely free hand digital creative modelling process for everything you see in the picture, so I can take a building and use it from any angle.”

To see the full range of Keith’s fascinating prints, go to www.fizzgallery.co.uk From £125

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