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Art Prints For An Office, Hotel, Restaurant Or For House-staging

By Emily Miller-Jee

When the architecture, layout or age of a building calls for period-appropriate art, it can be an interior-design challenge to assemble an appropriate portfolio for the building. This is true whether the art prints are for house-staging, an office, hotel or for a restaurant. It is important that the chosen art prints provide continuity for the space. Creating such a portfolio from a single supplier is often difficult when the space requires more antique or classic art rather than modern art. It is usually not possible to entirely fill a space with original pieces, so the use of high quality print reproductions is often the best solution.

It will often blow the budget to use more than one or two original pieces of period-appropriate art in the space (unless the client happens to have an existing large collection). With today’s high quality fine art reproduction techniques this is not necessary to achieve an accurate period effect. A combination of custom-printed high-quality canvas or fine art paper print reproductions hung in museum-quality frames can be a powerful tool to recreate the feel of a specific period or art genre.

There are two main ways to obtain suitable antique prints for your specific project. The first is to rent the artwork from a reputable source which has a large inventory. This can be cost-effective for a small number of
projects but for permanent installations or multiple projects quickly ceases to be cost-effective. The second is to
purchase high-quality print reproductions from a single source that can assist you to build the print portfolio suitable either for your specific project or to build your own smaller portfolio that may be used in a wider
variety of more temporary displays (such as several house-stagings). As a design professional the final decision on the artwork and its positioning will of course rest with you, but a lot of time can be saved if the print company
can initially provide you with several portfolio options.

This can save a lot of time. The representative of your chosen art print company should work with you to select your portfolios and recommend art in a particular genre or from a particular period to compliment your design theme. The representative should also suggest art and frame combinations which will then fit within the overall portfolio. You should never be afraid to use your chosen art print company in this way. In fact, most reputable companies are delighted to be asked to offer you a range of art prints and matching frame options within certain parameters that you set. Overtime your representative should develop a knowledge of your preferences and will reflect these in the portfolios they propose to you.

This is why it is important to make sure that the print companies that you work with allocate you a personal representative to work with you when selecting your art prints. This needs to be someone who understands the custom print process and can advise you on matters such as color-matching, sizing and aspect ratios for your print, not to mention different stretching, framing and mounting options for your project. It is also important in terms of accurately keeping a budget for your project. You can ask your representative to give you various portfolio options within your budget and then pick one / adjust it to your needs.

If you take this approach, you will quickly find out that not all fine art print companies are the same. Many are run using call center personnel who do not actually produce your prints. The production is outsourced to a factory, so any detailed questions or customized solutions are not really feasible. If you talk to a different person every time you call the company then you may have reached one of these “factory” type companies. The quality may be good most of the time but any custom projects or unique requests are likely to be met with a confused reaction.

This is important, so that you can obtain the suggestions and input of an artist who actually knows the company’s catalog of prints well and is also involved in the print process. This ensures that you receive the best advice, that the prints are produced with continuity as they will be displayed in the same space and to make sure that specific issues such as staggered delivery requirements or last minute order adjustments or additions are smoothly taken care of.The value of this additional service should not be underestimated and should not mean that you need to pay any premium to the company.

Finally, please remember to ask your representative about their company’s wholesale terms. Many companies will give you a special wholesale code to enter on their website to obtain the discounted pricing.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of my staff if you have further questions. We are a company run by artists for artists and designers so we love to help! You can reach us at or by phone at our gallery in New Hope, PA on 215 933 5047.

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Miller-Jee, Emily "Art Prints For An Office, Hotel, Restaurant Or For House-staging." Art Prints For An Office, Hotel, Restaurant Or For House-staging. 4 Jul. 2010. 30 Oct 2014 <>.

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