Technology often claims it’s going to transform your home or life – well, I’ve found a smart art frame that truly can change the look of a room with the simple wave of your hand. Intrigued? I was too when I first heard about it, so I’m sharing the who, what, how about it today. NETGEAR kindly sent me their new Meural digital art frame (I partnered with them for this blog post), and it’s by far one of the smartest pieces of home tech I’ve used. The Meural Canvas is a digital frame that displays beautiful works by artists from a curated library of over 40,000 pieces of art, or even any photo of your own. The frame is a good size at 19.2 x 25.5 inches and can be hung either horizontally or vertically. What most surprised me when I first hung the smart art frame was how the display didn’t look digital. Rather, it has a matte look thanks to the anti-glare technology.
The black and white stripes of the Damar Zebra photograph I chose to display on my Meural Canvas make for a bold and captivating visual against the green wall in our guest room. However, I love that I can change the vibe of the space by simply changing the art on display. For example, when I switch the canvas to display a vintage photograph of an airliner in Brownsville, Texas by Anthony Stewart, it creates a heritage feel with a subtle masculine atmosphere. The grey tones and vintage nature of the aviation photograph make for a calmer space and one that sparks intrigue vs. the graphic visual punch of the Zebra’s stripes.I’ve long advocated that art is one of the quickest ways to change up the vibe of a space – and it’s even more so when changing the art doesn’t require hanging anything new! Thankfully, the Meural doesn’t come with another remote control to clutter up your house. Instead, it has a sensor built into the front so to change the art you simply need to wave your hand in front of the frame. It also works with works with Amazon’s Alexa which will allow you to use voice control to call up art from Dali to Van Gogh to Leonardo DaVinci and Basquit. I also loved that you can connect it to an app on your phone where you can add new art and personalize your options, such as the frame going to sleep automatically in a dark room.The feature that really sets the Meural Canvas apart is that you have access to art from many galleries and museums around the world, as well as famous publications. Some of my favorites are from National Geographic; with the Meural membership you have access to these editorial sources. I love this as I can now change the art on display in the guest bedroom so that it’s personalized for whoever is visiting.What would you display on your Meural – would it be a classic piece from a museum or one of your own photographs?