Try These 4 Ideas for Adding Color

Hate your wall colors, but can’t paint them over? No worries. We have some nifty tricks for you.

Many of us find ourselves in a situation when we do not like the paint on our walls but cannot repaint them. Perhaps, you recently renovated your space and just don’t want to deal with repainting it again. Maybe you are living in a rented space, or facing a budget constraint that keeps you from painting your walls.

Whatever your reason, the situation leaves you with two options – be sour and live with the lemons life has thrown at you or make some zesty lemonade by adding color to the walls without painting. We might not be able to lend you a lot of advice on the former, but at 7055 Inc, we are definitely the experts on home décor. So, here are some innovative ideas to make your rooms colorful without using the paint.

Big N’ Bold is Beautiful

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Photo Credit: House Beautiful “16 Decor Trends that are Going to be Hot in 2018”

You may not be able to paint your walls, but you can add color to the next biggest feature in the room – your furniture. Buy pieces that come in vibrant colors. Usually, a block color works best, because too many colors can create a chaotic look.

Adding big and bold colored furniture to your room will make those items the focus of the room. It will completely take the attention away from your bland walls. In fact, plain and bland walls lend excellent backgrounds to such colorful pieces of furniture. One big piece like this will sometimes work better than many small accessories.

Make the Colors Echo

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While the big and the bold might be the way to go when you are decorating only one room, you should follow the rule of echo when you are decorating the entire house. Think of it like sprinkling the color around the house to create a feeling of oneness. Pick a scheme of colors and repeat it throughout your house. For instance, use pillow cases, bed linen, accessories, wall decor and other small items in the same color scheme.

When the same color echoes across the house makes it feel warm, cozy, and familiar. More importantly, it gives the house a colorful impression and steers your guests’ eyes away from the walls.

The Surprise Element

Our brain registers and remembers those things which surprise us. Give your house guests that surprise with color. Whether it is the curtain holders, mirror frames, kitchen stools, accent art or something else, make them colorful. Such an interesting use of colors is sure to stay with anyone who enters the space. This surprise element may be small, but its impact will be big. So, even small colorful pieces, placed in unexpected locations in the house, can give the perception of a lot of color. No painting, only surprises!

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 Photo Credit: Elle Decor “20 Times a Pop of Color was Completely Necessary”

Do Your Own Thing

It is always about making a home out of a house. And if it is color that makes you more comfortable, then add as much or as little as you want. Your home is an extension of yourself, and these tips will help you bring your vision to life. So, use your imagination and pick your favorite colors to make it yours.

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Fall 2018 Color Trends

Do you like to stay on top of the seasonal trends? Are you looking for new colors to liven up your living space? Authority on color, Pantone, has announced top colors for the 2018 fall/winter season.

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Like other more well known blogs such as House BeautifulCoastal Living, and Elle Decor; I also decided to write a blog to inform you about these colors. Many times people will want something new and fresh, but are not quite sure how to go about doing that.

It is why I feel that color trends are important to know. If you look at this color palette and see something you like, that color can be called your inspiration. Maybe it will inspire you to change up your throw pillow, or art work. Maybe it will inspire you to change the paint color of your space. What ever inspiration you take from the color, follow your instincts and try something new.

I have put together a helpful little guide that might help you with your color refreshing project.

Happy Decorating!

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Attend your First Art Festival

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People often ask us, “How do you come up with your design ideas, and how do you make them so appealing to everyone?” To answer this, we have to dive into the history of 7055, Inc. We look back to our origins in 1995 – when we were still called “The Test of Time” and had just started pounding the pavement to make some sales. Very early on in our adventures, we were introduced to the world of Art Festivals. We’ve been doing art festivals for over 20 years because we love meeting our customers, getting feedback on new products, and making friends along the way. This is an exciting side of our business that not a lot of people know about, and we want to invite everyone to come visit us at an art festival – especially if it’s your first time experiencing one of these fun events.

If you’ve never been to an art festival, I hope you’ll consider seeking one out and giving it a try. These events, usually held on weekends, are an opportunity for everyone to get out and enjoy all types of arts that have been produced in, or inspired by, your local region. These festivals often draw artists from several surrounding states and a few from around the country. Not only do they include the wonderful visual arts, but often performing arts, amazing culinary samplings and carnival-style foods, and local small businesses trying to get their name out in the art community. These events give people from all walks of life an opportunity to enjoy their local art culture in an exciting (and usually no-cost!) environment.

If you’re ready to take off and explore your local art festival, there are a few things you’ll want to remember when preparing for the experience:

Plan for the weather!

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Most art festivals are held outdoors. Depending on your location and the seasonal weather in your area, you may need to adjust this advice to fit your situation. We always recommend dressing in layers so you don’t have to go all the way back to your car as the day warms up, cools off, turns to drizzle, or changes seasonally in your area. If applicable, bring along sunscreen. It’s easy to skip this when you think you’ll be in a shaded park area, going in and out of tents all day, but even in these conditions, the sun will likely sneak up on you a little more than you were expecting. We all know the risks of sunburn, so having along that sunscreen is essential whether you end up using it or not.

Always bring water!

If it’s a warm day in your area, you’ll likely grab a bottle of water out of habit, but even on a cooler day it’s important to stay well hydrated. You’ll be doing a lot of walking at most art festivals, so water is key. Nobody wants to get dehydrated and end up collapsing in the middle of festival grounds, but just as important, after a day of walking and looking at all the fantastic art, nobody wants to go home and cramp up from all the walking.

Plan your day in advance!

Most art festivals release some kind of program ahead of time to let people know what will be featured. Some do this through paper hand-outs at the information booth; others publish it in the local newspaper or on their website or social media pages. It’s always a good idea to take a look at this ahead of time if possible. Make notes on what you absolutely want to make time to see. You might also make notes if you know something is of absolutely no interest to you. Some festivals are small enough to experience everything, but others take days and days to see and experience everything. Keep an eye out for a map of the festival grounds. This will help you plan for parking, plan a route through the art booths, know the location of emergency services and the information booth. It’s especially important at the largest festivals to make this plan ahead of time. Many people also like to mark their favorite artists while at the festival. This provides a reference for the following year to help plan better. Well established artists and entertainers are usually in the same places or performing at the same times year after year, so marking your favorites this year will help plan for next year.

Wear comfortable shoes!

You WILL be spending a lot of time on your feet, so comfortable shoes are essential. Whether you are visiting a small art festival where you’ll only walk around a couple hours, or a large festival, where you spend all day and evening on your feet, shoes might be the single most important factor to make your day enjoyable. Yes, we all like to have a little style when we are at this kind of event, but comfort should absolutely be the standard here. Consider bringing an extra set of shoes/flip-flops/etc in your car for later if you’re planning to do more than just the art festival on your day out.

Bring cash!

Even if you’ve got your credit or debit card, you might run into situations where vendors don’t accept cards – and often situations where poor cellphone signals render their card swipers useless. Remember, you’ll probably need cash for any food and drinks and memorabilia you purchase regardless of whether or not the artists accept credit cards. (Secret Tip: If you have cash for large purchases, a lot of artists will give you a little better deal or cover the sales tax – this does not apply to everyone, but feel free to ask respectfully if cash will get you a little better deal)

Bring your ID!

There’s really two very important reasons for bringing your ID with you to an art festival (beyond the legal requirements if you are driving to get there). Please, please, please, PLEASE! DO NOT try to use your debit or credit card if you don’t have your ID along. You’re going to be dealing with small business owners who cannot afford the risk of a charge-back when they let you use your credit card. Most of them will want to know for sure that you are the person whose name appears on the debit/credit card. This is not a transaction at Wal-Mart where the business can afford extra risk to move people through a line faster. You are dealing with artists who pour their heart and soul into every piece they create. Most of them have had bad experiences with someone purchasing their art, then disputing the credit card charge and leaving them with no art and no money.

The second important reason to bring along your ID is just in case you’re at an event that includes tastings from local wineries and breweries. It can be a lot of fun to sample some local favorites if this is an area of interest for you. Many art festivals also have a beer-tent or other “adults-only” area for relaxing with friends and enjoying a few refreshing beverages. Anything alcohol-related at these events is still governed by state laws, so plan accordingly and always act responsibly.

Bring references for that decorating project you haven’t finished!

We all have that wall we’d love to decorate, but haven’t found just the right piece yet. Art festivals are a great opportunity to get the perfect piece of art! Don’t be shy in your 

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preparations for making a large art purchase. We always recommend that our customers bring along color swatches, measurements, photos of the blank space in their room, and any other information that might help them envision a piece of art in the location they hope to fill. At nearly every art festival we attend, we have customers laying our art on the ground to envision how it would look in a grouping in the space they want to fill. We help them coordinate colors, find a piece or multiple pieces to fit within the measurement requirements, and arrange in a way that the customer loves. Most artists really enjoy helping their customers and clients with this process. It’s a great time to interact with the artist and really understand their vision when creating various pieces. The artist will often have recommendations you may not have thought about, just because they have poured their soul into this art, and they want to see it evolve from their creation to an inspired story in your space.

Bring your camera, but ask before taking a photo!

Artists love to show off their art, and when you’re walking around an art festival, you’re likely to notice many artists beaming with pride as they discuss their methods and artistic vision with customers, clients and interested browsers. There’s one sure-fire way to enrage almost any artist: take photos of their work without asking permission. This is no less offensive than taking random photos of someone’s children without asking. The artist has poured everything into their work. They have exposed their soul to the public in hopes of being appreciated and loved enough to make a sale. When someone walks up and starts snapping photos, it usually means one of very few things. First, as artists, we don’t want people ripping off our designs. Unfortunately, this is common among those who cannot create designs of their own, and are unable to appreciate the effort put forth by those who do create original designs. The easiest way to steal a design is by sneaking photos of a finished piece of work to study that piece later and find a way to duplicate it or give it to a “friend” to duplicate it at a lower price. While we know most people don’t have this intention, the few sleazy individuals who engage in this practice have ruined it for everyone and left all artists a little uneasy with photography in our booth areas. Secondly, photographing work at an art festival without permission is, in many cases, a theft of the artist’s work. If you intend to use the photos you snapped of an artists original paintings, photography or sculpture for something personal such as changing the desktop image on your phone or computer, this is theft of intellectual property. If you really love an artist’s work, but cannot afford an original, many artists offer post-card sized images that you may purchase and use freely for personal use. If you need to take a photo – maybe you need to see if your significant other is okay with you making a purchase, or maybe the artist doesn’t have small versions available – PLEASE always ask first! The mere act of asking will set most artists’ minds at ease. You’ve given them the opportunity explain any restrictions on the images you take, offered your genuine intent so they don’t feel ripped off, and opened up a conversation with someone who would probably enjoy telling you more about the art piece you’ve already fallen in love with. This is a win-win for everyone involved.

As you get out and experience a few art festivals, you’ll quickly get in a groove of what you need to do to plan for a great day of art-venture. We’ve compiled a handy, downloadable guide for you to download and print to help you get ready. 

Check us out at our upcoming festivals here. We can’t wait to see you!

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Have You Seen Our Willows?

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We have added Willows to our Artisan Collection.  This piece is a set of three slightly curved panels that have a distressed copper finish with a wide central wavy line through them.  This piece started as a doodle on piece of scrap paper that we transformed from paper to steel.  To further highlight the contrasting central wave, there are four raised silver waves that run through the panels along side the wider wave.  

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We are so excited for you to see what our Willows will look like in your space.  So be sure to share your photos!

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12 Days of Sales

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This Holiday shopping season we have decided to try something new.  We are planning 12 different sales for 12 days.  The Holiday sale will start on December 3 at 12:00 AM CST and run through December 14 at 11:59 PM CST.  Every day will feature a different sale on different pieces and collections.  
This holiday season we have also calculated Christmas shipping cutoffs, so that you can be sure you holiday gifts will arrive on time

  • Ground shipping cutoff is December 15
  • 2-Day shipping cutoff is December 19
  • Overnight shipping cutoff is December 20

Although I cannot tell you what will be on sale each day during the 12 Days of Sales, I am able to tell you that we will be having a 10% off sale that starts at 12:00 AM on November 24 and will continue through 11:59 PM CST on November 27 for all retail orders.   
I look forward to assisting you to find the perfect home decor gifts for your friends and family!

RAINBOW DREAM TREES ARE HERE!!!!!

After several months of asking, 7055 Inc. has decided to add a rainbow gradient Dream Tree to our product line!  I love color and have always loved rainbows because they are composed of every color.  So, when I saw the rainbow gradient 7055 Inc.’s piece called Bubbles, I wanted to know why every piece did not have the option for a rainbow gradient finish.

I started campaigning to persuade my boss, Ben, that we need more pieces finished in a rainbow gradient.  I started by photoshopping a rainbow gradient on every product we offer.  I can say that my Photoshop exercise has shown me that a rainbow gradient will not work with every piece that we make.  Fortunately for me, and other rainbow lovers out there, a rainbow gradient will work with some of our pieces.

So, after several months campaigning to start adding rainbow gradient finishes to 7055 Inc. art, our first Rainbow Dream Trees have been painted and are looking for new homes.  I hope that you love our Rainbow Dream Trees as much as I do!

Natural Summer Inspiration

Summer is finally back!  Here in Iowa that means time outside in the sunshine (preferably near water), fast moving rain storms, and bugs.  I will not be discussing bugs further, as I place bugs firmly in the “negative things of summer” column.  Storms, sunshine, outdoors/nature, and water are always exciting and do inspire our art here at 7055 Inc.  Some of our pieces are clearly inspired by nature.  From what we have named them to how the pieces look, these pieces are clearly our interpretation of nature.  I have three examples of these pieces.  Then, I will share with you my more abstract interpretation of one of our pieces.

First, our Lightning which are sold as a matched set.  Inspired by the summer rain storms and the crackling streaks that light up stormy skies.  The main body of the two 35” by 5.5” panels have a distressed copper finish, which provide the backdrop for the lightning bolts.  The lightning in these panels are created by cutting out the shape of the lightning which transitions into raindrops and are highlighted by colored foil.

Another obviously nature inspired piece is our desert sun.  Every time I look at the Desert Sun I remember drawing pictures of the sun as a child.  I would draw a circle with wavy lines radiating from my circle.  The Desert Sun combines the whimsical imagined sun of childhood with an elegant distressed copper finish to create an eye-catching piece of art.

When I came across the quote “I have not tried to reproduce nature: I have represented it” by French artist Paul Cesanne, Dream Trees came to mind.  7055 Inc.’s Dream Trees are not necessarily the exact copy of any specific type of tree.  Instead, they are more of a recognizable symbol that represents all trees.  Furthering the idea of the symbolic trees, are the vivid colors and unique finishes of our Dream Trees from intense candy blue and candy red to more natural green and brown gradient to the distress

2017 Decor Trends

I have spent my morning reading articles about both the predicted 2017 decor trends and what trends currently are in 2017.  After reading blog articles on several design websites, I believe that I can make wall art recommendations based on these trends.  Decorist     Elle Decor    Vogue    House Beautiful

Photo courtesy of Pantone.

First – Green is a trend this year.  I have always loved the color green. Green is a color I throw in where ever I can in my home. Now Pantone says that 2017’s color is called Greenery green. So, I can feel like I was ahead of this trend.   Also, these blogs not only promote greenery green but all shades of green including jewel toned greens. Jewel tones when mentioned with green always makes me think of emerald green.  Which closely resembles our
“candy green” color in my opinion.

I know I mentioned Jewel Tones earlier, but since jewel tones are a trend this year I wanted to tell you that we have more jewel toned colors to offer than candy green.  If you are looking for color in your art, many of our collections have pieces that are finished in the candy colors, or have candy colored accents.  I will highlight the Interchangeable Collection.  Our Interchangeable Collection at 7055 Inc is comprised of many pieces that include candy blue, candy green, candy orange, candy purple, candy red, candy teal, and candy yellow colors.  After you have purchased the piece, you have the option to purchase more of the colored squares and circles sets to change the look of your Interchangeable art.  

Two of the other trends of 2017  are texture and mixed metals.  I feel like so many of our pieces exemplify these characteristics, but I will focus pieces in our Warrior Collection here.  In this collection, texture is made from the layering of steel, the differing shapes cut out, and also the finishes.  All of the pieces in this collection have metallic finishes.  Some of the pieces are a polished silver with candy colored finishes. However, the majority of the collection is pictured here, and are colored by mixed metallic finishes.

Spend sometime looking through all the pieces 7055 Inc has to offer so that you are able to create a space you will love calling Home.

Jill Peters | 7055 Inc, E-Commerce Assistant

Winter = ….

To many of us that live in places that experience four distinct seasons, winter equals…..a need to change our space!

During the winter months, for those of us who have snow and ice fall on us, we just want to stay indoors when we are in our home community/area.  There are many reasons for adults to want to remain inside their homes.  The main reason is that it is cold outside!  Most of the other reasons that I came up with stem from it being cold outside.

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Here at 7055 Inc. we are proposing a simple solution, which we believe will resolve the itch to redecorate your living room (again).  That solution is our Interchangeables.  

This winter when you are sitting in your living space – looking at the walls, instead of thinking about redecorating again so that you have a change of scenery – change your artwork colors. 

With interchangeables you have the ability to change your art as often as you want!    You may decide you want to change it go with the seasons or holidays.  

Instead of changing everything about the room, pick a neutral palette and add bold accent colors with room decor and accessories.

Or maybe you will change them to support your favorite team on game day.  You may even decide to change them to match your mood!   

However you decide which color scheme to choose, we hope that you find our Interchangeables help you through the winter months as well as the spring, summer, and fall months!

Disclaimer:  I am generalizing, and not everyone who lives where snow visits wants to redecorate every winter. 😉