10 Creative Things You Can Do with an Oil Painting: From The Ideal Gift to Awesome Decoration

10 Creative Things You Can Do with an Oil Painting: From The Ideal Gift to Awesome Decoration

Even if you aren’t an art lover or a creative by nature, you’d still appreciate a hand-painted oil portrait. It evokes emotions in you, especially if there’s a loved one or your whole family on it.

I just received my first ever oil painting and realized there are many things I could do with it now. So decided to create a post with ideas on how to use a portrait like that to make others happy or decorate your home.

This painting is from Portraits on Demand.

lidiya portrait

I chose that exact picture as it’s just me on a background that shares what I’m all about. That’s one of the canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands which is my favorite destination. Now it’s also my new home, and part of my lifestyle design project as I left my home country a year ago once I got my online business off the ground and became location independent.

So this is not just a portrait of a girl. It’s about freedom, independence and saying that everyone can live a lifestyle like that.

In addition, my mum took the picture while she was visiting with my dad. They are in the boat too. So that makes it extra special.

Now that I have it, I came up with some ideas on how to make the most of it (as I won’t be keeping it for myself). Maybe one of these will inspire you to turn your photo into a painting this year too.

Here’s a list of thoughtful ways to appreciate fine art:

How to Use a Hand-Painted Oil Portrait

1. A birthday gift.

If the birthday of a relative or friend is coming closer, why not surprise them with this? It could be a portrait of themselves or a picture of you two.

2. Style your home office.

If you’re working from home, like me, then this would be a nice addition to your home office. In fact, it could be the only decorative element you add to the walls while keeping the rest minimalist.

Make sure you turn a photo that inspires you into a painting, though. Researchers suggest that exposure to art in the office promotes creativity.

3. Give it to a loved one without an occasion.

Doing something like that every now and then can strengthen a relationship. Sometimes people can have doubts about how important they are to us. And a thoughtful gift like that, doing something special together, or simply making time for them more often, can make a big difference.

4. Decorate your home.

Of course, one of the best uses for an oil painting is to place it somewhere around your or a friend’s home and let it make the atmosphere better.

What are the benefits of this?

For a start, you’re personalizing the place. It’s also one of the ways to make your home a happier place. If you choose a colorful oil painting, then you’re allowing the colors on it to affect your mood too. That’s backed by science. Turns out we’re experiencing every color and the combination of them. They can affect not just our mood, but also brain and body.

5. A thoughtful gift for the art lover in your life.

If you have a creative person in your life, you know they think differently. It might seem hard to surprise them with a gift, but a hand-painted oil portrait might be just what they want to see.

Doesn’t matter if that person is an actual artist, or just appreciates fine art. A gift like that from you would be a nice addition to their collection.

6. Commemoration.

Another way to use an oil painting is for a memorial service. Instead of just printing one, this would be a little something you do for the person to pay respect one last time.

7. An idea for your next housewarming.

Now that’s an occasion people usually have a hard time choosing a present for. It’s best to give them something that’s both unique and which can also become part of the new home. So an oil painting is the ideal home decor contribution from you.

The person living there will then decide whether they want to put it in a visible place, or in a more private room.

8. Keep the memory of your pet alive.

We do appreciate our pets while they are around us, but that’s not gonna be forever. If you have a cat or dog that’s been with you for ages now, you can keep the memory alive by turning a picture of them into an oil painting that you’ll get to keep for yourself.

Here are examples of pet portraits by Portraits on Demand:

pet oil paintings

9. A wedding gift for a couple.

Last but not least, if you have a wedding to attend some time this year, or even the next one, you can order a portrait so you can make both the bride and groom happy. Chances are, there won’t be another present like that on the event. What’s more, you can find a unique picture of them that they’ve forgotten about. Maybe one back from the days when they were just dating.

What will I do with my painting?

As you can see, there are many things you can do with a piece of art like that. As for mine, I will give it to my grandma after putting it into a nice frame.

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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