Yearly Archives: 2019

The Advantages of Custom Framing

Many people wonder if there really is a difference between custom frames and standard ones that are sold at stores. Well, there is a great difference, especially is the artwork you want to put in the frame is a certain dimension or has value. There is a range of reasons why one should rather choose a custom-made frame than a standard frame.

Quality

Expert picture framers have special tools and equipment as well as techniques for framing. This mastery, when merged with knowledge, provides an excellent quality product. Standard frames are often made of resin or plastic. These frames usually contain a high level of acidity, which can be tremendously harmful to the art. In addition, the area of the frame and matting controls the size of the artwork. On the other hand, when having a frame custom made, you will not have to force your artwork into a specific sized frame.

Personalization

When decorating your space with custom made framing, you are able to express your personality. Standard frames limit your uniqueness, as you have to stick to certain sizes and designs. With custom framing, you are able to create your own design by selecting your preferred design and material.

Protection

Longevity is a key role of a good quality picture frame. Over time, art fades and adds a yellow tint. Most of the time, artwork is usually damaged by natural light. However, materials used in custom framing are specifically designed to protect your art for an extended period. When framing is custom made, it is usually manufactured with acid-free materials and quality mattings to keep it in great condition.

 

Custom frames are becoming a popular idea. Based on your artwork, you are able to define them with custom made framing. If you are interested in having your artwork framed with a custom design, visit Unique Impressions for professional custom framing services in Johannesburg and Cape Town!

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The Importance of Office Interior Design

In your typical workweek, you probably spend more time the office than you do at home. This is not to say that your office should be like your home, however, it should have some great design qualities that make it comfortable as well as productive. Having a goof office interior design allows your employees to work efficiently while still maintaining brand cohesiveness.

Employee satisfaction and productivity is important

Ensuring that the employees at your company are as comfortable as possible will in turn, ensure that they stay productive. This can be achieved by offering different spaces within the workplace that employees can go, depending on what type of work is being done. For example, if collaboration is important on a certain project, working in a creatively stimulating and open space can be very helpful. Equally as important, there should be spaces where employees can buckle down and focus on their work without being interrupted or distracted.

When it comes to maintaining happy employees, you will need to have both; spaces to be productive, and spaces to relax. By creating spaces for employees to relax and have fun, you are encouraging your employees to socialise and take breaks which has been proven too increase satisfaction as well as productivity.

The Importance of Branding

It is important to take a company’s brand into account when you are designing an office as the office space should reflect the brand’s values. If a company claims to be trendy, young and fun but has dark and stuffy little offices, clients will not only be confused but they might start to question the integrity of the company. When your office is designed with the brand in mind, people will get a much better sense of your company’s personality as well as reinforce your brand’s values for a more cohesive image.

At Unique Impressions, we offer a wide range of office and home wallpaper and other great décor ideas. Whether you want bespoke framing, glass writing boards, canvases or paintable wallpaper, we offer it all. Visit our website on www.umiqueimpressions.co.za for more information.

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The History of Wallpaper

If you want a new and different aesthetic for your room, and you want more than “just paint” consider the beauty of wallpaper. Wallpaper is almost seen as clothing for your walls with endless different creative combinations found within in this versatile wall covering.

But what is it about this wallpaper that has kept it around for all these years? For some it is the elegance it offers with just a bit of work, for others it’s a form of artwork, and for others it is a way to combine all the colours in the room into one focal point.
Wallpaper was first used in China in 200 B.C. As the Chinese passed this knowledge to other cultures, the uses and methods of making paper improved with each generation and as other cultures added their own unique touches, textures and prints.

In 1841, Jean Bourdichon hand painted an unbelievable 50 rolls of paper with angels on a blue background for Louis XI of France. The paper was used to decorate his various rooms. Other people that could afford the amount, soon began hiring painters to create these hand painted paper wall coverings for them.

The oldest known pieces of European wallpaper still in existence are from 1509 and were found on the beams of the Lodge of Christ’s College in Cambridge, England.

In 1675, Jean-Michel Papillon, began making block designs in identical, repetitive patterns on rolls of paper and wallpaper as we know it today was born.

Americans began using wallpaper in 1739, when it was introduced by the Philadelphia printer, Plunket Fleeson.

In 1778, Louis XVI issued a law that required the length of a wallpaper roll be about 34 feet.

Around the turn of the 20th century wallpaper pasting machines were invented which made mass production of wall paper much easier and faster to produce.

During the 1920s nearly 400 million rolls of wallpaper were sold, resulting in the decade being dubbed the Golden Age of Wallpaper.

After WWII, wallpaper was improved with plastic resins which made it more durable, washable and stain resistant.

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Create Character to Your Walls

You find wallpapers in homes, coffee shops, golf courses and many other places. You get different types of wallpapers, and can be used in different types of environments.

A décor wallpaper is the perfect option when you are looking to make a statement in a room. Décor wallpapers are manufactured from an eco-friendly base and applied with eco-friendly water based adhesive.

Wallpapers create different feels in different types of rooms. Some wallpapers create dramatic feels and other emotions. Wallpapers are fashionable and here to stay until the end of time. The best place to get these wallpapers is from Unique Impressions.

Where are Wallpapers Used

Wallpapers are used in interior decoration to decorate the walls of a home, business and any other buildings. Wallpapers have a layer of coated vinyl on it. The thicker the vinyl layer is, the more durable it will be.

You can use wallpapers in a couple of places, but homes are the main place. Wallpapers are used to create certain types of feels in a certain place.

Wallpapers can be used in coffee shops to create a warm and comfortable feel. These can be used in lounges, kitchens and even bathrooms. In some restaurants there are themes such as a French restaurant, there will be a wallpaper of an Eiffel Tower or something related to France.

If you have a beach house, you can use wallpapers to decorate the house with the ocean or a beach kind of vibe.

Types of Wallpaper

Custom wallpapers – these are types of wallpapers where you can have anything you want on them. With this wallpaper you get abstract, city scapes, beach, forest and even man caves. Anything you desire, it will be printed and in your home in no time.

Decorative Wallpapers –  these are pattern wallpapers, let your imagination run wild and pick your pattern. This includes: mica, ashford topics, cork range and many more. These can be used in kitchens, lounges, dining rooms, cafes and night clubs.

Decorative kids wallpaper – this is an ideal way to make your child’s room a perfect place to sleep and play in. This includes: pirates, mermaids, dots and strips. This can be used in children’s rooms and play rooms.

Printable wallpaper – you can give your room a textual design with 3D printable wallpapers. This is very cost-effective. This can be used in: kitchens, lounges, dining rooms and entertainment areas.

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To get your décor wallpapers, contact Unique Impressions or visit our website to view all of our options.

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Authentic Looking Wallpaper

If, like me, you have fallen in love with the unique ambience and grungy, yet sophisticated style of industrial interiors and décor, then you’re going to love this one. Central to the industrial look is the pop of ‘unfinished looks’ and raw materials such as brick, stone, wood and concrete. If (again, like me) budget doesn’t allow for the real deal then décor wallpaper is the solution we have both been looking for. 

Brick and Stone Wallpaper

Brick wallpaper, like normal brick, comes in a variety of different colours and finishes. Choose from mid-century-modern dark grey styles to traditional red face brick looks and taupe colours. With stone-looking finishes the possibilities are also endless; veneer stone, marble, pebbles, slate, sandstone and limestone finishes can be designed to look one hundred percent like the real deal, but for a fraction of the price.

Wooden Wallpaper

As with the brick and stone wallpaper, wooden wallpaper looks like the real thing and creates beautiful texture for visually appealing results. Looking for that rustic look? A selection of faux weathered looks are all waiting for you to pick them; including, charred wood finishes, distressed wood finishes, pickled wood finishes as well as grey and white washes that can help to add a bit of dimension and colour to the look and feel.

Metallic Marvels

Wallpaper doesn’t leave metallic behind. There are hundreds of different faux finishes that have the metallic sheen perfected. For an additional ‘wow’ factor, there are wallpapers that are designed to look as though there has been extensive welding involved, some even look as if they have real bolts in them. Flints of copper added to a marbled look are also an exquisite option.

Looking for Wallpaper in Gauteng?

Administering wallpaper yourself comes with a series of flops that generally aren’t worth the risks, unless you’ve already mastered the art. Opting for professional expertise ensures seamless results and allows for more experimental design with custom prints. Contact Unique Impressions or visit their website for more information.

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The Wonders of Wallpaper

Wallpapers first emerged in the 15th century and whilst many designs are outdated, the concept remains versatile and fresh with trendy and innovative designs emerging in 2019. We’re not surprised that décor divas and home owners alike are going crazy over the possibilities.
Live a Little
Dull walls are a thing of the past and a little too two-dimensional for our liking. Décor wallpaper is an exciting way of livening up a space or really bringing a theme to life that completely absorbs and encompasses the essence of your design style. With colours, textures and space to have fun with, transforming the look of a kitchen, bathroom, lounge or bedroom is easy and rewarding.

Patterns and Textures
If you’re an interior designer or home décor enthusiast, chances are the space you’re wanting to incorporate wallpaper into is themed (mid-century modern, industrial, Scandinavian, bohemian etc.). There are an infinite amount of patterns and textures perfect for creating a dimensional look and feel whilst effortlessly capturing your theme and bringing out the best of its associated design elements.

For Tenants
Gone are the days where renting meant you couldn’t really make a space your own. If you’re reluctant to paint, then we’re certain that removable wallpaper just became your new best friend. There are brands that do exactly what they are supposed to – look gorgeous and peel off seamlessly from the corners (without sticky residue or chunks of the wall underneath being ripped off).
Canvas Prints and Personalized Designs
If personalised design is more your style, then the art of wallpapering caters for that too. Professional teams will be happy to craft and innovate tailored designs for your décor, including the use of your own photographs for digitally printed wallpaper that can only be found in your home. Contact Unique Impressions or visit their website if you’re looking to make a unique impression of your own.

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Wallpaper Selections Made Easy

While it is true that the type of wallpaper you choose to use when adorning the walls of your home is entirely dependent on your sense of style, there are a few simple guides that you can follow to ensure that your choice fits the décor of your home more snuggly.

The types décor wallpaper you use should actually depend on the texture of your walls, your furniture, the art hanging in your home and which room you are applying the wallpaper to. So let’s have a look at some of the best principles for selecting wallpaper to keep in mind when you are doing so.

Some Rooms are Formal, Others Are Not

Certain types of wallpaper are better suited to certain rooms than others. Dining rooms and entrances, for instance, can be considered formal rooms. As such, they are far better suited to minimalistic patterns and simple, elegant designs with crisp colours.

Bold patterns and bright designs, on the other hand, tend to make these rooms look a little like the interior of a casino. They are far better suited to informal rooms such as bedrooms and TV areas.

Wallpaper Should Compliment Your Interior

When deciding on a wallpaper for your home, it is best to first consider the other objects in your interior. Consider the upholstery on your couches, the types of curtains you are hanging and even the type of art hanging on your walls.

Your choice of wallpaper should never detract attention away from your interior design, but should rather complement and enhance it.

The More Intricate the Pattern, The More Difficult it is to Install

Remember that when installing décor wallpaper, that you will need to ensure that patterns line up correctly so that your interior has a seamless design.

Selecting a wallpaper with a particularly intricate pattern might seem like a good idea at the time, but it can make things very difficult for you when trying to line patterns up while applying the wallpaper.

Making mistakes in this regard will likely lead to an eyesore that will be cumbersome to rectify.

Contact Unique Impressions for Your Pick of the Batch

There is that perfect wallpaper waiting for you and your home, and we have it right here at Unique Impressions.

To find out more about our selection, feel free to get into contact with one of our representatives, or visit our website today for further details on our offers.

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