If you are an art-lover who spends hours at a time in art museums gazing at paintings, choosing art for your home can be a challenge. How do you choose just one or two paintings when you love so many? And how do you afford to surround yourself with the quality of art that you admire?
For some, the answer is "Meural" – a canvas that allows you to display digital art on your wall. Meural comes with access to 100 free images selected by curators and the ability to upload your own personal art and photography, says Meural co-founder Vladimir Vukicevic, who is also director of connected canvas products at NETGEAR.
How "real" the art looks depends on each piece.
Membership in Meural – or not
While it’s not required, if you want access to more than the 100 free samples and your own art collection, Meural offers a membership program for $5.95 per month or $49.95 annually.
Benefits of art in the home
There have been countless studies on the benefits of having art in your home—beyond adding beauty and aesthetic value, having art on your walls can increase creativity, decrease stress and spark conversation, says Vukicevic.
Where art and technology meet
Vukicevic met his co-founder, Jerry Hu, during freshman orientation at New York University.
"We’re both first generation immigrants who came to the U.S. at age six and grew up as city kids surrounded by arts and culture," says Vukicevic. "After a few post-college years spent launching our careers in tech and business, we reunited to found Meural, based on our observation that visual artists—unlike their creative peers in music, film, and TV—lacked a mainstream and more democratic distribution platform."
Spending time binging on art instead of TV and searching for new works to display instead of surfing the net could be a new way to introduce creativity in your home.