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Designing an “Executive” Office - Interior Design Tips

Designing an “Executive” Office - Interior Design Tips

There has been a huge focus on workspaces in the interior design world in recent years. A number of developments have changed the way we look at the typical office and many companies and individuals are now reinventing the typical work environment. 

For one thing, more shared working spaces are opening up with flexible membership arrangements that are enticing freelancers and small businesses. Also, due to more companies going remote, more and more people are setting up their own office right in their own homes.

However, there is still a need for certain businesses to have a flagship executive office where many of the important high-level activities of managers and company leaders take place, such as client meetings. 

In truth, a good office design depends a lot on the type of business and the user’s work habits. Some brands will be more corporate in a traditional way, while others will be more modern and quirky. Nevertheless, these places are key spaces where important visits are received, from partners or customers.  

Therefore, we’ve collected together a few top tips for how companies can develop a great first impression for anyone that steps through the door - whether you’re thinking of redecorating your current office, moving to a new one, or even adapting your home office situation to be more “executive”. 

 

Qualities of Good Office Space

  • The room must balance practicality and aesthetics. You need certain items of furniture and office equipment such as computers, printers, telephones, bookshelves, filing cabinets, among others, but letting these items dominate the space isn’t ideal.
  • Offices must have basic facilities built-in or very nearby, such as beverage stations, food preparation rooms, bathrooms, a place to work in silence and somewhere to access all the office supplies you need. 
  • These spaces must be client facing and therefore cannot be based too much on the personal taste of the individual CEO or executive who manages the space. For instance, 80s memorabilia everywhere might work at home, but it’s a big risk using this theme everywhere in your office space.
  • If you receive large numbers of customers, clients, and walk-in visitors you’ll need a way to separate them from your main workforce and control the flow of people into your core working spaces. A reception room of some kind is ideal here. 
  • Executive offices must combine style and ergonomics so that they offer enough character and personality without sacrificing the actual purpose of these spaces, which is to work. 

 

5 Design Tips 

If you're renewing your workspace, here are 5 fundamental tips to design your executive office and impress more clients and partners. 

  1. Functionality Doesn’t Mean Cluttered 

Yes, you’ll need a good desk and all the modern technology that offices run on, but there are so many ways to adapt your layout and furniture so that your room isn’t cluttered or busy. Things like fold-away monitors, moveable furniture, wireless appliances and storage units are great. 

  1. Always Choose Ergonomic Furniture 

The types of office furniture can vary in style, material, and usefulness, but all must be ergonomic. An amazingly unique and artistic antique chair just isn’t the right choice when you need to work in it 8-9 hours a day. Also, you’ll want people who visit your office to see that your setup is not just superficial. 

  1. Consider Colour Carefully  

It is common that in offices, executives meet with different people. However, the style you choose for your office should match the corporate colours of your company and your brand image, rather than stand-alone from the rest of your company spaces. Neutral colours with splashes of bold accents will work in most cases. 

  1. Customise the Design 

If you want to add a visual representation of your brand without sacrificing a truly minimal and sleek colour scheme, consider professional name plaque engraving. This can add authority, credibility and your very own stamp while remaining elegant and in-touch with a simple design scheme.  

  1. Good Lighting

Good light is crucial. The executive office must have lots of natural light and the best views, where possible. If needed, you should combine it with artificial light and smart ways to avoid dark spaces, such as using glass walls and artwork to channel light around your office. 

 

Customise with Culzean Gifts 

If you’re looking for personalised name plaque engraving or glass artworks to create a truly appealing and executive office space, take a look at our vast collection of customisable items online.

March 04, 2021 — Paul Winrow
How Does CNC Laser Engraving Work?

How Does CNC Laser Engraving Work?

Laser cutters are used in a growing number of sectors and industries today from prototyping to manufacturing. Used primarily by engineers, designers, and artists to cut and etch into flat material, it's a fast and efficient method of producing high quality and precision objects.

Aside from cutting items to custom specifications, they’re also used to etch designs into work pieces to create intricate lettering and designs in various patterns.

In short, they’re useful tools used by manufacturers and artists as a fabrication tool to bring digital designs into the physical world. 

In this blog, we explain a bit more about what laser cutters are, what they can do, and how you can use them for future signage or object customisation projects for your business, or for gift items specially adapted for your loved ones. 

 

What is a Laser Cutter?

A laser cutter is a type of CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) machine, which is controlled via a computer. After a designer or machine operator has inputted a specific design and engraving requirements using digital software, a laser cutter can be commissioned to manipulate a piece of material to achieve the desired effect, whether that’s cutting down the edges to create a different shape or engraving lettering and designs into the surface. 

A laser cutting machine uses a laser beam to cut into or etch into the material, which could be a type of metal or even wood and plastic. They can be used to make many different styles of design and can be used at various stages of production, such as cutting components prior to assembly or adding aesthetic touches to an already assembled unit.

Laser cutters are typically very quick and can finalise a designed part in just a few minutes. Assuming you have the right professionals to create your design and operate the machinery, they can be used as rapid prototype machines that allow designers to quickly render different designs, even at a mass scale.

 

How Do Laser Cutters Work?

Laser engraving processes can vary slightly based on the type of laser cutter you are using. However, they all essentially rely on the same process of using lasers to cut through or mark solid materials. 

The power generated through a laser will originate from a machine and relay an intense beam of light that comes into contact with a piece of material, like a metal plate. The intensity is centralised at the cutting head where the laser is focused through a lens and narrowed down to an extremely thin, concentrated beam. This beam is used to cut or raster various types of material.

Movement of the cutting head is usually controlled by a mechanical system driven usually by belt or chain. This is also connected with a computer where instructions are delivered based on the specific design you have chosen.

The laser head will then move back and forth over the workpiece so that it can make precise cuts as needed. The process is highly accurate and precise. 

 

Are there Different Types of Laser Cutters? 

The major difference between different types of laser cutters is the type of laser that is used.

This impacts the type and thickness of material it can cut through. For example, certain metals will require more energy and power to be cut through than others, therefore requiring different power ranges and higher-powered lasers.

Some machines are also more suitable for handling large pieces of material at an industrial scale, as well as handling high volumes of jobs in short spaces of time.

 

Looking for Laser Engraving Services?

Laser cutting and engraving offer substantial economic benefits to the manufacturing sectors, with the added benefits of combining laser cutting with chemical etching/milling to offer even more creative possibilities.

Ultimately, laser cutting is a precise method of ensuring you get the very highest cut accuracy. At Culzean Gifts, our in-house design team can create custom designs for you or adapt certain items in our range to offer more personalization and custom style, for you or for a loved one. For questions or technical advice about laser cutting, please contact us.

February 25, 2021 — Paul Winrow
8 Benefits of Engraved Labels and Signage

8 Benefits of Engraved Labels and Signage

Business signs let people know they’re in the right place. More importantly, if your company has focused on professional design and quality of production, business signage can create a great first impression before people step through your door. 

Regardless of what industry you operate in, your company signage should be considered key to how you present yourself to potential customers or clients. 

We believe that high quality engraved and etched signage represents the best medium for business signs. A modern business can hugely benefit from signs made with these methods, which stay readable and pristine for years, without costing you too much.

In this blog, we explore eight of the top benefits of custom engraved labels or etched signage for your company.


Reasons You Might Need a Sign

  • Tells customers who you are and what you do
  • Indicates who manages or runs an office, store location or facility 
  • Warns employees of danger or to leave vital instructions
  • Adds credibility to any business setting

 

  1. Accurate Lettering

Sophisticated technology and machinery allow us to engrave and etch with high precision. As long as you have a good design and work with experts, it is highly unlikely you’ll end up with an engraved sign that features a mistake. The level of complexity and intricacy is also uncompromised, and the most detailed pictures and lettering can be replicated. 

 

  1. Fast Turnaround Time 

Thanks to laser engraving and chemical etching processes, your signage can usually be produced with very little time spent waiting for your product to be completed from the time you issue an order. 

 

  1. Compatibility With All Business Types 

  Any business can benefit from professional engraving and etching services. In addition to the signage outside your business, there are name tags, custom engraved labels, valve tags, warning labels, control panels and more that can all be engraved, whether you are operating a large factory or a small privately-owned coffee shop.

 

  1. Cost-Effective 

Signage doesn't need to cost too much these days with efficient processes that can streamline production workflows and reduce overall costs.

 

  1. Long-Lasting Signage 

The value for money is significant for each etched or metal engraved sign you purchase, as these objects can last a lifetime, unlike painted or plastic signs. Despite rain, snow, sun or vandalism, an engraved or etched sign on materials like steel, brass or aluminium can stand the test of time and will look as good as new with a little maintenance and cleaning. 

Ultimately, choosing engraved signs makes sign maintenance easier. All your sign needs when dirty is an easy wiping down with products that aren’t too harsh. 

 

  1. Many Style and Design Options 

Metals like stainless steel and aluminium are perfect signage materials, but there are other options to consider too like copper, bronze or brass, for instance. As long as you have a design and process adapted to your specification, there’s no reason a professional engraver can’t help you achieve the finish you want. 

With the help of computer-controlled design features, sophisticated lettering and designs can be worked up using computers and executed with precision. Whether you use a graphic designer to help with your layout or entrust your engravers to finalise the design, you shouldn’t have any issue creating aesthetically pleasing and high-quality designs.

 

Get in Touch 

If you require signage for your business, get in touch with us at Culzean Gifts and talk to our metal fabricators and engravers today. 

Even if you don’t know exactly what you want, a professional in the industry will be able to discuss your needs with you and determine which methods should be used and which designs will suit your needs best. 

They will also be able to explore how much your sign is likely to cost and how long they will take to produce. 

 

February 18, 2021 — Paul Winrow
A Guide to Business Signage - 7 Best Practice Tips

A Guide to Business Signage - 7 Best Practice Tips

The world is increasingly digital, but there are some things that still require a physical presence. If you have an office, shop or even a food truck, there’s no denying that some real-life branded signage and promotional content will help you stand out from the crowd. 

Whether you’re looking to draw in crowds from the high street, impress people at branded events, or offer your company some extra prestige at a trade show, having some good quality and creative business signage can make all the difference. 

We explore 5 best practices for good businesses signage for companies that still need to excel "offline". 

  1. Get Help from Experts 

Designing and producing the perfect business sign isn’t a straightforward task that you can handle in a weekend. Several factors are crucial to getting things right, including your layout, design, material choice and production method. We recommend finding an expert who can help you manage a project of this type with its unique requirements. 

  1. Keep the Branding Consistent 

You may be tempted by the various different design options to consider for your sign, but just make sure you still match up with your company’s overall branding and look and feel. A graphic designer or professional engravers might be able to help you decide on an option that appeals to your target audience, but if in doubt, look for classic designs and styles that align well with your core branding. 

 

  1. Choose the Right Message 

Some signs engraved for companies or offices will simply write themselves, featuring little more than a company name and an address. Others will need a bit more creative planning. When choosing the right message for your sign, consider when and how you want your audience to engage with your sign and how it will impact their customer journey experience. 

Your sign designer can advise as to the maximum number of words that your signage size can accommodate and the right headlines and phrases to use.  

For example, a purely informational sign made to stand outside your office for years will differ from a sign that is supporting a seasonal promotion or short-term event.

 

  1. Consider Layout and Colour Options 

The key to signage colour and arrangements is to keep things simple. Don’t overload your audience with too much information or stimulation. A good rule of thumb is 60/40, with no more than 40% of your sign being text, as well as at least 60% of your sign’s layout forming the background of your sign in a more natural or paler colour than your text and images.

 

  1. Enhance Your Look with the Right Material and Process 

The material of your sign and the process used to create it can tell a lot about your company. For example, brass metal signs engraved for an official office will obviously do a better job representing your prestige and credibility than a rushed plastic sign with a generic layout and message. 

At Culzean Gifts, we work with many different types of metals and can help you find the right combination of material, design and message to send the right message to your audience.

February 11, 2021 — Paul Winrow
What’s the Difference Between Chemical Etching and Engraving?

What’s the Difference Between Chemical Etching and Engraving?

Chemical etching and traditional engraving can both be described as the process of cutting lines into a hard surface, such as metal. However, there are some major differences that exist between the two that are worth considering if you’re looking to commission etching or engraving work of your own. 

 

The Basics 

Chemical etching uses a kind of acid solution, otherwise known as the etching agent, which is used to cut lines into a hard surface. This can be used to achieve intricate and precision designs when performed correctly. 

On the other hand, engraving relies on sharp tools that cut directly into a surface. In its most basic form, this could be a chisel wielded by someone's hand, but today we usually use computer-controlled machines or semi-automatic engraving tools. 

Ultimately, the similar effects can be achieved by both methods, such as cutting out marketing content or business names in metal for signage, or etching creative images in metal for the purpose of decoration. Yet, the way these designs are achieved rely on very different processes and tools.

 

Chemical Etching 

Some may find it hard to imagine how a liquid can achieve such high precision and accuracy as it cuts through a material. This is thanks to a tightly-controlled corrosion process, which can achieve intricate designs on the most complex of metal parts if required.  

Chemical etching works with a range of different metals including silver, stainless steel, mild steel, copper, brass, aluminium and much more. A few benefits of this method include: 

 

Precision and Accuracy 

Chemical etching lets us produce even the most complicated styles and designs at the same cost of simple designs. As long as the methods used are efficient and accurate, chemical etching will help you to achieve great precision in a number of metals, free or mistakes or inconsistencies. 

 

A Seamless Process 

Physically cutting into materials can be a high-intensity process that requires machinery for cutting, stamping, punching or sawing through the material. Often requiring burrs, this can be an exacting process. For consumers, this could potentially result in jagged edges if the process is not handled by an expert. 

Chemical etching, on the other hand, is a smooth and gentle process that relies upon diligent planning but very little execution burden, meaning that once metal sheets are applied with the right design template and photo-resist substance, an etching agent can be applied easily with no damage or effect to parts of the material you don’t want to alter. 

This also lets you perform design iterations quickly and economically. The digital aspect of this process lets you adapt any design in minutes and produce etched results in speedily, meaning the turnaround for clients can be incredibly fast. 

 

Traditional Engraving 

Often associated with printmaking, this method uses a sharp and pointed tool, sometimes referred to as burin, to cut lines into a metal surface. This “incising” process will cut away any unwanted material and leave you with grooves in metal, wood or other objects.  

While this method was once carried out by hand, today's engraving services are quite different and usually rely on highly sophisticated computer-controlled engraving tools and laser technology which increases efficiency, precision and project turnaround times. 

Also known as laser cutting, computer-controlled engraving has changed the way many products are now produced. From simple plaques to engraving detailed graphics into wood or three-dimensional decorative objects, it can be used to achieve a number of effects in several materials. 

Today, laser-based technology has enhanced the way any material can be engraved, and this process can offer similar benefits to chemical etching for a wide range of applications, including industrial and corporate as well as household.

 

Need Help? 

Both methods require a significant amount of expertise, as well as the right tools to achieve the finish you want. Each technique can be adapted to produce intricate designs that are very popular in certain industries, especially retail and e-commerce. Whether you are looking to work with chemical etching or computer-controlled engraving, contact us at Culzean Gifts.

February 05, 2021 — Paul Winrow
How Does Memorial Plaque Engraving Work?

How Does Memorial Plaque Engraving Work?

Memorial plaques are a highly functional and meaningful way to commemorate someone or an event. They can be used for buildings, exterior and interior walls, benches, trophies, vehicles, gravestones and other applications that allow you to celebrate something meaningful.

As well as being a practical object that is relatively easy to produce to a high standard, it is a dignified way of honouring a loved one. At Culzean Gifts, we’ve helped develop commemorative plaques for a number of customers and have a wealth of experience when it comes to deciding on the most suitable materials and styles for specific settings.

Types of Memorial Plaque Engraving

Memorial plaques are traditionally made out of metal, wood or stone, but ceramics and other materials can also be used depending on the engraving style, image and setting. 

There are certain fonts and text styles that will suit certain materials, and the relationship between materials and setting can also play a part in how suitable your memorial plaque is for its intended purpose.  

Engraving Photos and Images

New digital engraving technology allows us to engrave intricate and complex designs along with text. Various photos and predesigned images can now be incorporated into a plaque design, using computer controlled engraving to achieve a professional and aesthetically clean effect.

Tips for Placing Engraved Memorial Plaques

When choosing a memorial plaque, it is important to consider where the plaque will be located. It could be a standalone piece, attached to a wall, or fixed to a piece of furniture like a bench. Some plaques are even fixed to trees. 

A few potential locations for your engraved memorial plaque are:

  • Benches or statues - many people choose to add a small memorial plaque with a short inscription to the bench and statue plaques.
  • Artwork - a plaque just below a treasured artwork or portrait painting works perfectly.
  • The walls of churches or fallen structures - plaques are sometimes used to remember fallen churches or buildings. This is a unique way to recognise historical events and the passing of time that can be honoured by a community and can sometimes be used when new commercial developments are built on old sites.
  • Theatre seats - theatres can choose to dedicate special seats to the memory of a famous person or historical figure. 
  • Urns for cremation memorials - people who choose to be cremated may wish to have a memorial plaque on a decorative urn or on a cremation memorial.
  • Trees - planting a tree in memory of a loved one or adding a plaque to an existing tree is a great way to commemorate someone's life.

Choosing Your Memorial Plaque Engraving Style

The engraved lettering of the inscription can be done in a number of different fonts and it’s important to determine the style that is best suited to the material you have selected, as well as the location your plaque will reside.

Some fonts require a deep cut which may not look sharp or clear on particular types of material. Others will look more friendly or casual, which might be more appropriate for the person or event you are commemorating.

Equally, the font you choose may also be affected by the length of your message and the size of the plaque itself. For example, some fonts are not suited to smaller letter sizes.

Inquire About Our Engraved Plaque Services

If you’d like to find out more about our processes or inquire about the cost of ordering a personalized memorial plaque for business or personal reasons, get in touch with us at Culzean Gifts.

January 30, 2021 — Paul Winrow
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3 Best Practices for Choosing Wall Art for Your Home

3 Best Practices for Choosing Wall Art for Your Home

Wall hangings, art, photos and glass printed picture wall art all serve an important role in your home’s style. 

Great prints, photographs and glass art pieces will draw the gaze of visitors and add a feeling of unity to any space.  

However, the secret for finding great art and installations is finding something that matches your space, your personal preferences and other pieces of decoration in your home.  

We outline a few basic guidelines for how you can pick the right pieces for your home, based on size, style, colour and theme considerations.

Choose Things You Actually Like 

Before you read too many blogs online about the best approach to interior design, keep in mind that if you don’t actually like it, you shouldn’t buy it. 

So many people pick items that they know are loved by others, but actually have very little connection to themselves. 

Avoiding this is our best piece of advice for creating a home atmosphere you love and appreciate. Look for wall art that immediately fosters feelings of enjoyment or relaxation. 

You may need to make compromises with your partner or family for what “good” actually looks like, but you certainly shouldn't put anything on the wall that you don’t like. 

Consider Size Considerations 

With wall art, it gets difficult to create a well organized and balanced space if you don’t consider size considerations. It’s best not to go out looking for anything with no idea about the size you need to fill a particular wall or to complement other hanging wall prints. 

 

A few tips are:

  • Don’t use a small piece of art to fill a big space. If you like small, simply group multiple prints together in rows or create clusters of prints where each piece compliments another
  • Don’t choose pictures that are too big for your furniture, such as pieces that are more than two-thirds longer than your sofa
  • Photos should be at least 15 centimetres above the edge of your furniture
  • Consider the height of ceilings when choosing the size and make sure that the frame fills the space in length and width 

Colour 

There is more allowance for the use of bold colour schemes when choosing prints compared to other things like your wallpaper, but the palette should not differ completely from the colour of your walls or other decorative items. 

Sticking to a consistent scheme which is cohesive, sophisticated, and complementary is the best approach. Below are some additional colour tips.

  • Stay away from fluorescent and neon colours as these do not always match with neutral wall colours
  • Consider using the same colour as your walls or other prints but in different shades to create a continuation, such as various blue and navy shades. A light blue and white painting looks beautiful with a navy-blue wall
  • When in doubt, remember that black and white match everything 

Theme 

There are so many amazing themes to use to inspire your decorative choices, such as rainforest, desert, oriental, rustic and more. 

Also, an inspiration piece for a room could be used to define your theme, which could be your most prized piece of art, a sofa or a piano, for example. 

Once you find an inspiration piece to determine the colour scheme of your room, focus on designing a set palette and some complementary colours that you can use when looking for the perfect wall art. 

Browse Our Collection 

At Culzean Gifts, we have a huge range of decorative items for your home available on our online store. We offer glass printed picture wall art in a range of styles and sizes, including oversized, medium and mini glass art prints, as well as prints to suit several themes and colour schemes.

January 20, 2021 — Paul Winrow
What is Computer Controlled Engraving?

What is Computer Controlled Engraving?

Also known as laser cutting, computer controlled engraving has changed the way many products are now produced. From simple plaques to engraving detailed graphics into wood or three-dimensional decorative objects, it can be used to achieve a number of effects in several materials. 

We explore a few of the things that can be made with computer controlled engraving and how to create your own designs for laser cutting or engraving. 

What is Computer Controlled Engraving?

Computer controlled engraving typically relies on a machine that uses laser cutting technology. It requires a laser beam to precisely cut or engrave material based on a preset design programmed into a machine or computer system.

These designs can now be incredibly complex and sophisticated. Compared to other processes that use lasers, engraving is where a laser beam removes parts of the top material but does not cut all the way through the material, whether that’s wood, metal or something else. 

The laser is basically a highly focused and amplified light beam that causes the material to burn, melt or vaporize. The power of this laser and what can be achieved will depend on the specific type of machine that you use. 

Development of Engraving Technology

Before modern engraving equipment, a handheld tool was used to engrave an object. Today, this method is still used but mostly for more intricate, decorative purposes, like jewellery making and small decorative pieces.

Today, most engraving tools are controlled by a computer and CAD precision programming that allows us to achieve flawlessly accurate designs very quickly. These machines are widely available and fairly simple to use but are still best wielded by experts who understand how to get the most out of the process and materials. 

While the engraving equipment will consist of a marking tool or stylus, this will be controlled by a machine and operating system. This controller, or computer, will determine the laser's direction and application to achieve the intended design and effect, regarding depth and shape.

As well as many commercial uses, like marking high-value items and preventing counterfeiting, engraving is commonly used today for decorative purposes and business-related signage and branding.  

To inscribe a pattern or image onto the surface of an object, engraving can be used to achieve great accuracy and a clean precise finish.

One of the biggest benefits of engraving is that it can be an incredibly quick process depending on the intricacy of the pattern or design. At Culzean Gifts, we offer a quick turnaround even for the most complex of customized designs and can arrange the production of large volumes for commercial applications with reliable efficiency.

Manual engraving, while still a true craft that only the most talented and experienced can perform, generally takes longer and is unsuitable for some commercial purposes. Computer controlled engraving allows us to deliver intricate, permanent designs in a range of materials at very quick speeds.

What Materials Work with Engraving?

Laser machines are capable of cutting and engraving a variety of materials.

  • Most wood types
  • Glass & perspex
  • Most metals
  • Rubber sheets
  • Cardboard sheets
  • Slate
  • Ceramics
  • Acrylics
  • Plastics
  • Stone

A few things we’re able to engrave are: 

  • Business signage 
  • Memorial plaques
  • Mimic panels 
  • Interior signage (directions and public information)
  • Electrical accessories 
  • Valve tags 
  • Door signs 
  • Badges

Start Engraving Today

If you have something in mind that you want to engrave, get in touch with us and we’ll tell you if it’s possible. 

Even if you can’t find your product on our online store, we might be able to find a way to do it with the technology and materials we have available to us.

January 15, 2021 — Paul Winrow
How to Choose the Right Kind of Glass Wall Art for Each Room

How to Choose the Right Kind of Glass Wall Art for Each Room

When it comes to wall art, simply finding something you like the look of might not be that difficult. However, knowing where a particular piece belongs in your home can be hard. Luckily, there are a few guidelines to make sure you select the right piece for a specific space. 

While art is what helps define the personality of the homeowner, individual pieces are crucial in creating a specific mood and character in each room. Some pieces will be able to function as amazing statement or inspiration pieces, while others are best used as accessories to a larger wall art arrangement. 

The Living Room 

The most exciting room to decorate is often the living room. It’s where you spend most of your time and the room your guests will visit. As such, there is a lot of pressure when it comes to choosing something perfect. If you pick the right piece, you’ll draw the gaze of everyone who enters your home and provoke conversation. 

Many of our customers choose their statement pieces from the Trevor m Hirst collection of glass art pieces, due to the high level of vibrancy and quality. 

This space is also good for larger pieces that draw in a lot of attention. However, you’ll find many examples of amazing print wall collections with several small to medium-sized pieces complementing each other to create a truly beautiful wall art collection in the living room. 

The Kitchen and Bathroom 

Don’t forget about these rooms. They’re still places where you should showcase your personality and creative flair. 

To keep things practical, lean toward smaller pieces that complement your cabinets and appliances, rather than overwhelm the space. 

Also, this is a great place for glass wall art where steam, smoke, or oil won’t damage your pieces and your prints can simply be wiped clean. 

For smaller spaces, consider multiple small print sets, such as pairs or triplets. They can feature similar images or be completely abstract from one another. 

The Bedroom 

Despite what you might think, the bedroom isn't always the place for traditional statement pieces. As the bedroom is a retreat, it should reflect the kind of mood you want to create in the evenings and mornings. 

You may still want boldness, but just be careful you don't end up with something that dominates the room too much. 

We recommend choosing more calm colour palettes and if you like photography or landscapes, consider pieces that are desaturated rather than “popping” with bright colour. 

Your Home Office 

We all do so much work from our homes these days that personalising your space with the right prints or wall art is a way to keep you motivated and zen throughout the day. Your company office might be completely bare of adornment, but there’s no need for you to do the same in your private working space.  

Maps, photos from past trips, portraits of people, or even certificates all have a place in your office, but there’s no reason you can't feature a great abstract glass wall art piece from the Traver M Hirst collection. Just try not to get too distracted by it when trying to work!  

How to Find the Best Art For Your Home 

Don’t rush in and try to find inspiration before you start buying pieces. Look at some collections and libraries like our online store at Culzean Gifts, or flick through magazines for wall art arrangements that match your own interior design preferences.

January 06, 2021 — Paul Winrow
Digital Printing on Glass for Small Businesses

Digital Printing on Glass for Small Businesses

The glass industry is becoming one of the fastest-growing segments when it comes to non-traditional decorative works. It is also increasingly popular in the industrial printing market due to its functional and aesthetic properties. 

Thanks to developments in printing processes and technology, glass printing has an incredibly wide application that can be used in large scale corporate settings in addition to the home. 

As well as offering value in commercial settings, artists now specialising in glass art such as Trevor M Hirst have shown how it can be used to create amazing pieces of art enjoyed by anyone. 

There are now many different ways to print on glass, involving a wide variety of glass types, ink types, ink colours, curing process, and environmental conditions. We explore some of the biggest developments and benefits of digital printing.

Digital Printing on Glass

As long as you have a high-resolution image that is suited to the glass medium, digital printing on glass is reliable and easy. You can transfer a wide range of images onto glass using this method and several artists rely on it to create their glass artworks like Trevor M Hirst.

It takes substantially less work to produce artworks with digital printing than many other processes and when developed by experts, you can achieve great vibrancy and opacity in the finished product, allowing us to achieve even the most sophisticated designs.

When rendering lighter colours, multiple layers may be required with digital printing on glass, and if commissioning your own design, it’s recommended you seek advice about the printing process first so that you’re able to achieve exactly the right colours and tones you were hoping for.

Digital printing on glass is undergoing continuous developments to accommodate more types of inks and visual effects.

Digital Printing for Your Business

The commercial world is one of the major drivers of digital printing demand. Technology innovations have redefined the way it's used in business environments, whether that’s actual offices or multi-use commercial spaces. 

One of the best things about printing on glass is that you can work at extremely high resolutions and images can be easily printed across multiple panels to create large motifs.

Many shop and small business owners also look to glass printing to add something special to their signage and branding capabilities.

Benefits of Digital Printing on Glass for Small Businesses

  • Makes great signage for businesses, restaurants and bars that easily be front or back-lit for extra impact
  • Requires almost no maintenance 
  • Incredibly simple and easy to clean
  • Can make your brand, logo, slogan or retail theme stand out more with a unique visual effect
  • When printed on windows or door panels, can improve shading capacity and reduce the need for blinds or air conditioning
  • Can create a futuristic and sleek feel that differs from more commonplace material choices

Discover Digital Printing on Glass 

Developments in digital printing techniques mean the quality and flexibility of printing on glass is now incredibly impressive. 

To see how we've created great artworks using digital printing methods, check out our online collection at Culzean Gifts, including our popular Trevor M Hirst artwork collection.

December 29, 2020 — Paul Winrow