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Top 5 Unique Ways to Add Art to Your Condo

Top 5 Unique Ways to Add Art to Your Condo
May 2, 2011
By: Lisa Canning
Special to www.yourhome.ca

Spruce up sparse spaces and bland walls with these creative takes on art.

1: Create a personalized painting from your photo

Commissioning a custom art piece is an investment — but it doesn’t have to be a large one. Canon has launched Artworks, a service that turns your simple photograph into a beautiful work of art. The process is simple: upload a photo to the Canon website. Your photo is then enlarged and used as a guide by an academy-trained artist, who paints your image by hand. Each oil painting is signed by the artist and your custom work of art is delivered to your door. Starting at $274.99, this is a great way to build an art collection and commemorate special memories.

2: Stretch your photo into a wall mural

For a bold and adventurous look, consider turning one of your photos into a stretched wall mural. Universal Stretch Ceilings can turn your photograph into a large-scale mural. Imagine feeling transported to your favourite exotic destination every time you enter the room. After submitting your photo, your stretched mural is printed on a descor or vinyl membrane and can be installed in your home in three to five days. The results are dramatic, and the possibilities for what can be enlarged and printed are limitless.

3: Shop for art at home with a pro

If investing in other artists has always been a desire but you don’t know where to start, schedule a consultation with The Art Stylists. Run by Manny Neubacher and Anya Shor, a gallery owner and stylist respectively, through an in-home consultation they will assess your space and your style and suggest pieces from their massive collection of works. Another way to access a variety of artists in the comfort of your own home is through Artistically Connected. Run by Brittany O’Donnell, Artistically Connected aims to connect artists and buyers all over the world, making the process of buying art as accessible as possible.

4: Rent your art

If you have trouble committing or your budget won’t allow you to splurge on a preferred piece of art, consider renting it. You can rent a piece of art for a percentage of the final price per month. Alison Goodwin of The Village Gallery recommends renting art as a great way to enjoy occasional variety in your space, and has clients who will change art with the seasons.

5: Stretch fabric or wallpaper

Using fabric or wallpaper is not a novel idea, but the energy created by patterned fabrics and wallpaper is so invigorating. Start in your closet with scarves or patterned skirts. Stretch four with similar colours or patterns in individual frames and hang them in a grouping over a sofa or console. This same approach can be applied to wallpaper remnants, or consider creating a collage on a large canvas for a bohemian look. For you creative types, visit designyourwall.com to create a custom wallpaper pattern to really let your personality shine.

Lisa Canning is an interior decorator, stylist & blogger in Toronto, www.condosbycanning.com. Follow her on Twitter @lisa_canning.