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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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Wallpaper Tips Everyone Should Know

You would be hard-pressed to find a house in this day and age that hasn’t embraced the concept of wallpapering its interior. Wallpaper is attractive, customisable, cost-effective and easy to apply, so it’s no wonder that it is a popular choice for interior design.

While much of what makes for a good wallpaper design depends on the style of the person applying it, there are a few simple décor wallpaper tips that you can follow to ensure that your choice compliments the room it is in, instead of taking away from it.

Keep Small Rooms Light

Small rooms have a tendency to absorb light, making them look a little dingy and even smaller than they are.

When wallpapering a small room, you should take care to only use light colours. This will create the illusion that the room is larger and has more light; making this the perfect approach for small bedrooms.

Creating a Sense of Calm

For those rooms where you wish to create a calm and soothing environment, it is a good idea to opt for a lightly or neutral coloured wallpaper that makes use of small, simplistic designs and patterns. This will create an air of tranquillity and a soothing calmness in the area in which it is applied, especially if there is plenty of natural light to compliment it.

When Ceilings are Low

Lightly coloured wallpaper is also ideal for rooms with low ceilings. In addition to making the room look bigger by adding light to it, light wallpaper will also create the illusion that the walls in the room are longer.

Contact Unique Impressions for Details

If you are looking to get the ideal services for wallpaper design and installation in Gauteng, be sure to contact one of our representatives at Unique Impressions today. Alternatively, you can take a look at our website for additional information on our offers.

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The Greatness of Custom Printed Wallpaper

In modern times we have been gifted so many new abilities and possibilities thanks to the great advancements with all things digital. This allows us to easily store our important documents and precious photos, to be able to work anywhere in the world, stay up-to-date with global news and keep in touch with our loved ones with a click of a button. But digital has had some great advantages for our homes too. We can easily print our favourite photos, find new recipes and we can even have a smart refrigerator to help us do our grocery shopping.

Digital in Our Homes

It is no secret that the digital revolution has found its way into our homes, we see this with our smart TVs, our sudden increase in various smart devices and just in the way that we have changed the way that we do various tasks differently. But there is one way that digital has made a positive change for our homes without having the whole family even more glued to our smart devices. That is with digital wallpaper creation.

Custom Printed Wallpaper

The wonderful thing about custom printed wallpaper is that you are not limited by the way that you want your wallpaper to look. You do not have to have a design chosen from a catalogue, instead, you can create your own to suit your style, your needs and anything else that you could want. Freedom of choice and creativity is a great quality to have when it comes to customizing your space without the trouble of finding and waiting for paint to dry. It also fills the need for a certain skill type to suit a certain style.

You Are in Control

The greatest part is that you are truly in control of the design of your space. If you want a whole wall with a collage of your wonderful family or you want to have that awesome design for your business you can do it. If you have a certain idea for your baby’s nursery or you want to brand your Man Cave, it has never been easier!

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Make your home or your office exactly the way that you want it with Unique Impressions. They offer a variety of wallpaper types and, of course, custom wallpaper. Visit their website to see exactly what they are capable of!

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The Advantages of Perforated Vinyl Graphics

 

Window perf is a PVC vinyl with an adhesive back that is perforated in a pattern of evenly spaced round holes. The greatest advantage of it is that it offers full visibility to the graphics from the outside while letting light through to the people inside. It is also referred to as “one-way vision film”, or “see-through vinyl”.

In most instances, the holes are uniform in size. The print coverage and visibility are determined by the number of holes. A 50/50 perforation pattern has perforations in 50 percent of the area and the other 50 percent is used for printing. It comes in a wide variety of hole configurations – 70/30, 60/40 and 50/50 are the most common. The first number represents the printable area and the second represents the open area.

Film construction and applications

Window perf is manufactured in layers. The first layer is that of the printable white vinyl followed by a layer of black vinyl. It is finished off with a coating of adhesive material and release liner. The black layer tends to serve as an optical illusion that offers clear visibility behind the printed vinyl. For optimum results, 70% or more of the light has to be on the printed side. Perforated window graphics are most commonly used in vehicle windows, retail window displays, office glass, and other situations where you want visibility for the graphics from one side and light to pass through to the other.

Marketing advantages

Vehicles are by far the most common candidates for window graphics, closely followed by the exterior window for small business owners, interior designers and property managers to present a more attractive front to the clients. It is an excellent form of advertising signage. It adheres easily to motor vehicles and windows, with perforations that enable vision through the advertisement.

 

There has been a steady increase in the vehicle wrap market over the years. Many companies that use vehicles to deliver their services or products are beginning to understand that using perforated window graphics on their vehicles is a great marketing. Unlike other more traditional forms of advertising like print, radio, TV, and billboards that have a recurring cost, a vehicle wrap is a one-time investment with the potential of millions of advertising impressions in the market over the course of two to three years. Since you just incur a one-time fee for printing and installation, you get a lot of bang for your buck. It also has the added advantage of moving well beyond the coverage area of a static advertisement like a billboard.

The advancements in technology have opened up a lot of new options that weren’t available before. The wider printing capability, faster speed of printing, and higher resolutions allow the printing companies to really push the envelope and create durable and high-quality graphics that wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago.

A perforated vinyl film, in general, has a lot of applications, such as the following:

  • Hotel and airport windows
  • Commercial Vehicles
  • Windows and entry doors of convention and shopping centers with specific promotion and advertising
  • Retail store doors and windows

 

Graphics printed on perforated One Way Vision tend to look less vibrant than those printed on solid vinyl because up to 50% of the One Way Vision vinyl is missing due to the perforation process. One Way Vision is printed in-house to ensure high-quality results.

 

Unique Impressions is happy to be exhibiting and embracing the theme ‘Bold, Bright and Individual’ with flair and panaché. So if you are looking to open up your horizons and gain a whole new perspective on renovating or home improvement you have to come past our Unique stand….We promise that you will leave invigorated with new ideas and concepts. If you are looking for a cost-effective marketing display, window graphics with Unique Impressions are the way to go.

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