The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.

SOME REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!

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Newtown House by Hindley & Co.

Melbourne architect Anne Hindley talks to House of Home about how philosophy influences her designs.

On the surface, philosophy and architecture seem unlikely partners. And yet, for Melbourne architect Anne Hindley, it was a background in pure philosophy, coupled with an appreciation of rationale subjects like science and maths, that lead her to design. “I see architecture as a practical application of philosophical principles. I am interested in how space can affect the way people perceive their environment and I set out to create spaces that are uplifting,” she explains.

Anne is founder and principal architect of Hindley & Co, a small practice based in Melbourne. Anne recently spoke to House of Home about how philosophy inspires her work. “I am constantly drawn to work that allows me to frame views and foster a balanced relationship with the surroundings – be it a garden, beach or valley”, she explains.

One such project is a classic mid-century home in Newtown, Victoria with spectacular views over the valley. Originally the childhood home of one of the owners, the brief was to capitalise on the views and the playful 1960s character of the house, whilst bringing it into...

Introducing Alia Tapware Collection by Phoenix

The Importance of Relaxation

The bathroom is our sanctuary, it’s the one place we can retreat to for peace and respite without interruption.

Time spent in the bathroom allows us to refocus, to rest our minds and soothe our soul. More than any other room in the home, the bathroom encourages a relaxed state of mind and helps to shift our focus so that we can reflect.

Just a few minutes away from the everyday distractions can lead to creative insights or great ideas. The act of bathing or showering in an enjoyable environment allows the mind to wander to an unconscious part of the brain that connects to creative thoughts and ideas - away from the focus of problem solving.

Great Bathroom Design

One company that truly value and understand the importance of promoting relaxation in the bathroom is Phoenix. They recognise that a well-designed, functional and beautiful bathroom helps to clear the mind, relieve stress and promote mental clarity. As such, Phoenix invest a lot into the design and technology behind their products and have just launched their third award winning tapware collection this year.

Phoenix have created a superbly crafted, yet minimal-fuss tapware collection...

Is Air Conditioning A Necessity In Australia?

In many parts of the world that experience extreme winter and summer conditions, heating and cooling systems are a necessity. In places like Australia, however, local residents only need to worry about cooling during the hot months of the year. This is because temperatures can rise to over 30 degrees Celsius during the summer months. This can be highly uncomfortable, so every home and workplace would require an efficient air conditioning system to keep indoor temperatures at comfortable levels.

It is important to note that most parts of the Australian coastline experience Mediterranean-like weather conditions. As a result, many people are of the opinion that air conditioning is not necessary, especially for people who live near the coastline.

Space Cooling With AC Machines

There is a raging debate that air conditioning is a luxury as opposed to a necessity, so people can live without it. Proponents of this ideology claim that Australian air conditioning needs depend on building design. They claim that to stay cool at home, you only need to open up the windows. However, your home needs to have a high ceiling and large windows for this to be effective.

These people further...

Period Home Materials and Finishes

There’s no denying it, Heritage Homes are exquisitely beautiful. They radiate a richness of character and soul that transport you back in time to an elegant bygone era.

Australia is fortunate to have a variety of beautiful period style homes throughout the country. The most common ranging from Victorian, Boom Town Era, Federation style, Californian Bungalow and Art Deco.

Today, these period style homes are highly sought after for renovation projects. This is hardly surprising given that all of these eras reflect architecture and design that is simply charming and truly timeless.

Benefits of a Heritage Home

What’s most fantastic about a heritage house is that although it must retain its original traditional period features, it can be adapted into a contemporary looking home that is eclectic and beautiful.

Period homes present many renovating and decorating opportunities. For example; extensions can be made, open living spaces can be created, sky lights can be incorporated and modern furniture pieces can be teamed with classic and ornate interior detailing.

This guide takes a look at the exterior and interior features of a period home and includes suggestions for heritage...

The Social Kitchen

The evolution of the kitchen is a fascinating subject. It was once a place used only by cooking staff (if you were wealthy enough), or used by house wives who slaved over the family’s daily meals and then have to tirelessly clean up after them.

Thankfully today's kitchen has evolved to become the social hub of the home where friends and family (including husbands), come together to cook, to drink, to chat and even carry out other daily tasks such as catching up on personal admin, or flipping through a favourite mag with a cup of coffee.

It doesn’t matter how fancy one’s formal living or formal dining spaces are, when friends or family visit everyone seems to gravitate to the kitchen. So what has inspired this shift from the couch to the cook top?

To find out, we spoke to Daniel Moore, Manager of the Bathroom Biz who supply a gorgeous range of kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings. Daniel kindly shared his expert insights into the evolution of the humble kitchen and talked to us about the what trends are now at the forefront of kitchen design. Here's what Daniel shared with us.

How are modern kitchen's being utilised these days and what has influenced the way people...

A Home High Above the River

Architect Alexandra Buchanan clearly remembers the ‘light bulb’ moment when she decided to become an architect.

Growing up in Devon (UK), Alexandra had never considered architecture as a career choice. It was Alexandra’s ‘A’ Levels art teacher who made the connection between her subject choices of science and 3D art and set Alexandra on the right path. “From then it just made absolute sense,” Alexandra explains.

Now with a successful practice in Brisbane, Alexandra is fast establishing a name for herself in the industry. She puts much of this success down to her focus on interpreting a client’s own unique style and aspiration. “The spaces we create should be an expression of how our clients live and use a space, not how we think they should live,” she says.

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North Warrandyte House

Alexandra’s projects reveal a clever alliance of materials, texture and light, and this is obvious in the North Warrandyte House featured. Her design savvy clients (both graphic designers) wanted their bush retreat on the outskirts of Melbourne to reflect their own design aesthetic making the most of the natural, rugged landscape.

The long, narrow, steeply sloping site and bushfire overlay...

The Magic of an Organised Wardrobe

When it comes to decluttering and organising the home, the areas to choose from can seem endless.

Just the thought of having to spend one's precious free time attending to those problem areas can be overwhelming to say the least. However, it is possible to contain the chaos and it all starts with a combination of coffee and positive thinking! Jokes aside, the best way to tackle clutter is to choose a specific area as a starting point to focus on.

One the main culprits for the build-up of clutter and mess is a disorganised wardrobe.

Reasons for an disorganised wardrobe

There are a few reasons why a closet may become dysfunctional. Let’s be honest, with trends changing so rapidly and the opening of fast fashion franchises such as Zara, Top Shop and H&M in Australia, it’s no surprise that a wardrobe may fall victim to an overstuffing of clothing to the point of disarray.

Then again, perhaps the issue isn’t the amount of clothes you own, having adequate storage or even the right type of storage will greatly impact on wardrobe's functionality. It could even come down to the way you fold or hang your clothes.

Whatever the reason, If you're tired of struggling to find a home...

How to Hygge in the Garden

Have you heard of Hygge? If you follow our blog, it's likely that by now you are an expert on the subject. However, did you know that practicing the art of Hygge isn't just limited to spending time indoors? It's also about connecting with nature.

To fully embrace the Danish Hygge lifestyle, one must also venture outdoors. What better place to start than in the garden?

In fact why not start with a little garden soiree? Whether it be during winter, spring, summer or autumn, Hygge can be applied to all the seasons by finding a way to really enjoy and make the most of your free time. The garden is a perfect place to surround yourself with things you love and people you care about most.

It’s so important in this day and age to take time out, to slow down, to relax, and to spend time among nature. Whether it be through organising a get together with family and friends, or even just spending time alone enjoying the sunshine with a good book and cuppa to relax and reflect. This a way of life that has become an inherent part of the Danish culture and is an important element of Hygge.

Origins of Hygge

Originating from Denmark, many other European countries have adopted this concept...

Maximize the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner

When the summer approaches, many of us seek affordable ways to stay cool, air conditioning is recognized as the most common cooling solution as they provide the comfort that you need during the hot season.

How Air-conditioning Works

Air conditioners work just like a cooling process that occurs when water vaporizes from our skin. Basically, the air conditioners move heat from inside your house to outside, keeping your home cool. The vaporization coil contains liquid (called as a refrigerant) which gets converted into the gas when it takes in the heat from surrounding environment. The coolant or refrigerant is passed through a separate coil where it converts into liquid. The coil through which the conversion takes place is called condenser. A pump, commonly known as the compressor is used as the medium for the movement of refrigerant between evaporation coil and condenser. The energy is supplied to perform this whole operation using a motor.

How to maximize the efficiency of Air Conditioning

Unlike most electrical appliances, air conditioning units involve complex mechanical systems that depend on various factors to operate correctly. A lot of things can go wrong, such as;...

Father's Day Gift Guide 2017

Help Dad feel special this Father's Day with a little something from our Father's Day Gift Guide.

Do you find buying gifts for Dad are so much harder than for Mum's? We do! To make shopping for Dad a whole easier, we have put together a smorgasbord of fun and wonderful gifts guaranteed to make him smile.

Select from the following Father's Day categories below.

  • Pamper Dad This Fathers Day

  • For the Thirsty Dad

  • For Tech Savvy Dads

  • For the Green Thumb Dads

  • For Dads Who Like To Wine-d Down

  • For Dads Who Love To Cook

  • The Coffee Loving Dads

  • For The Hardworking Dads

  • The Great Outdoors Dad

  • For The Man Cave

FathersDay Pamper

FathersDay Thirsty

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FathersDay GreenThumb

FathersDay Wine d V2

FathersDay Cooking

FathersDay CoffeeLover

FathersDay HardWork

FathersDay Sporty

FathersDay Man Cave


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Make Your Home More Energy Efficient This Winter

Simple Energy Saving Tips

Winter is well and truly here, and with it comes the dread of watching your household energy bills rise. To keep the cold at bay, you might crank up the heating, leave it running overnight, turn on the electric blankets, and take longer, hotter showers. While you might enjoy it at the time, the shock of seeing your winter energy bills can leave you feeling cold. However, there are some easy ways to make your home run more efficiently through the colder months. Not only will these tips save you money, but they’ll also reduce your household’s carbon footprint.

Plan Your Layout

In winter, it’s more important than ever to plan the layout of your furniture. While it might be tempting to place your couch or clothes rack right in front of the heat source, it’s far more efficient to free up that space so that the warm air can circulate throughout the room. That way, you won’t need to leave it on for as long.

Close All Windows, Curtains & Doors

While it might seem like an obvious one, YourEnergySavings estimates that up to 40 percent of heat in your home can leak out of open windows, so keep them shut tight especially when the heating is on.

Curtains also...

Bathroom Lighting Design Tips

Given the frequency of which we use our bathrooms, having the correct interior lighting to perform daily tasks efficiently is vital to a pleasurable bathroom experience.

Effective bathroom lighting will provide enough light to carry out activities such as applying makeup, brushing teeth, shaving as well as illuminating the entire space.

The most popular choice of colour temperature for a bathroom is either cool while (bright white) or daylight. This temperature gives the most accurate visibility of skin tone and colouring and will provide a good balanced bathroom lighting design.

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Bathroom Lighting Considerations

When looking for bathroom lighting ideas, the following bathroom design elements should to be considered:

Bulbs

LEDs and Incandescent light bulbs are the most commonly used globes in lighting design. Each has its own pro's and con's that need to be considered as an important part of the overall lighting design.

LEDs

LED's have a great level of durability and use a low amount of energy, making them cost efficient They are not affected by humidity and emit very low amounts of heat. LEDs can be used for both task lighting and accent...

Top Interior Design Firms Canberra

Canberra is a purpose-built city, known for its abundance of nature reserves, and wide boulevards lined with large buildings and formal parks.

To keep up with it’s growing population, the city has been developing new and vibrant suburbs in which to live. A city that boasts homes of distinctive style, we have sourced some of Canberra’s best interior designer firms, who bring their own creative flair to the houses of our nation’s capital.

  • The Dept. of Design
  • Journey Home Interior Design
  • Karin McNamara Design
  • Melinda Boag Design
  • Sympatico Interiors
  • YOLK

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The Dept. of Design

The Dept. of Design are a firm based in Canberra with an extensive portfolio in Residential, Multi-Residential and Commercial design. Led by Director and Senior Interior Designer Kier Gregg, the team think design should be fun and want their clients to enjoy the design process. They aim to work collaboratively with their clients; and tailor each project to a client’s needs, tastes and budget.

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Journey Home Interior Design

Journey Home Interior Design are a Canberra-based firm, specialising in residential projects Australia wide. Launched by Nadine Neilson after a decade...

Top Interior Design Firms Brisbane

Top Interior Designers Brisbane

This river side capital is best known for its idyllic laid back lifestyle and beautiful sunny climate. The long, warm days characteristic of the region lend themselves to the connection of indoor and outdoor spaces, personifying the open friendliness of the people of Brisbane.

Now a modern city with a prolific arts scene, Brisbane is home to some seriously talented interior designers. In this article we look at some of Brisbane’s best interior design firms, whose portfolios really impressed us.

  • Gary Hamer Interior Design
  • Highgate House
  • Marina Hirst Interiors
  • Popham Interiors
  • RYLO Interiors
  • Wrightson Stewart

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Gary Hamer Interior Design

Brisbane interior designer Gary Hamer aims to help clients function better and feel better in their living space. The studio’s aim is to improve people’s lifestyles through design; providing a range of services from a single in-home consultation to comprehensive design plans and projects.

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Highgate House

Led by Leigh Boswell, the design and decorating team at Highgate House have spent the last two decades transforming some of Australia’s finest homes. Specialising in...

Top Interior Design Firms Adelaide

Known for its beaches and parklands as well as a beautiful wine region, Adelaide is a burgeoning city that seems to have it all.

Adelaide real estate offers a mix of humble one-bedroom stone workers cottages to elegant brick terrace houses, stylish new townhouses and penthouse apartments. In this article we take a look at some of Adelaide’s top interior design firms, who bring their own distinct styles of beautiful interiors.

  • Alisa & Lysandra Interiors
  • Colindale Design
  • Fabrikate Creative Spaces
  • Home Staging Solutions
  • Luxe Style Co.

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Alisa & Lysandra Interiors

Design and interiors duo Alisa and Lysandra Fraser’s philosophy on interiors is based on a consistent goal that outlasts popular trends and remains constant through evolving times. Recognizable from their reality TV success, Alisa and Lysandra run an online store selling their own designs, and work as interior designers on bespoke properties and collaborations.

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Colindale Designs

Colindale Design is a bespoke interior design studio which specialises in end-to-end design resolutions for residential and small scale commercial projects.

Principle designer Katrina Kluzek believes...

Top Interior Design Firms Australia

Building or renovating a home can be a daunting proposition, especially when you consider all the design decisions that need to be made along the way.

From colour schemes and furniture selections, to layouts and budgets, to window treatments and wallpaper, the decisions that you make will effect how you and your family live and feel in the space, so it’s important to get it right.

Whether you’re building a new home, renovating or extending an old property, or simply want to update a room in your house, an interior designer can help you achieve a beautiful result – not to mention make the process far less stressful for you.

What is an Interior Designer?

Interior Designers anticipate our needs and appeal to our emotions, to create spaces that are both functional and attractive.

Interior designers who specialise in residential design work with private living spaces, and may even specialise in specific living areas, such as kitchens or bathrooms. Designers are also expected to have working knowledge of the following:

  • Textiles, materials, color, space planning and sustainability
  • Software applications for 2D & 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling...

Meet the new Classic – Kimberly James

There are some places that become more than just a store, they become a part of the story of a city, an experience shared by lots of people. In Adelaide, Classic Timber has been that place for over thirty years.

Since the store first opened its doors back in 1975 under the banner of Whitewood Centre, South Australians have been heading there to furnish their homes.

When raw pine was the thing that’s what they stocked, there are lots of people who can still sing the jingle “Bursting at the seams with fine pine furniture” ….

In the late 1980s as tastes and fashion changed, David and Jill Gronow made the decision to change their business name from the Whitewood Centre to Classic Timber Furniture. When the new brand was unveiled in 1990, the store and the range it stocked was perfectly in tune with what South Australians where searching for to furnish their homes at the time.

“The change to Classic Timber was all about staying relevant to our customers” says Kimberly Fogarty, David and Jill’s daughter. “We changed the business name, our logo, and we changed the type of furniture we were selling. We had to change that jingle, but it was really important to us that our...

Top Interior Design Firms Sydney

Sydney is a vibrant city, whose sparkling harbour is the hub of a metropolis that boasts natural beauty in its unspoilt beaches and spacious public gardens.

Sydney’s homes are not defined by one particular style; instead there is a harmony between the old and the new, resulting in an eclectic and inspiring assortment of beautiful homes.

Sydney is also home to a number of Australia’s most influential interior design firms. Whilst creativity and innovation are always at the forefront of Sydney’s design community, the talented teams behind copious award-winning projects are equally focused on working collaboratively with their clients.

Here we introduce you to a selection of our favourite Sydney interior design firms.

  • Acme & Co
  • Anna Carin Design
  • Arent & Pyke
  • Brendan Wong
  • Darren Palmer
  • Greg Natale
  • Hare + Klein
  • Joanne Green Landscape & Interior
  • Sibella Court
  • SJB Interiors
  • Thomas Hamel & Associates

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Acme & Co

Acme&Co is a design firm delivering a broad range of projects. The boutique practice was established by architect Vince Alafaci and interior designer Caroline Choker who provide holistic design solutions that respond to each client’s objectives and site specific needs....

Top Interior Design Firms Perth

The sea-side city of Perth is known for its beautiful coastline and sunny weather.

With its reputation for stunning homes, open spaces and family-friendly lifestyle, it is no surprise that Perth is rated as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

This article highlights some of Perth's most talented interior design firms, who have helped to design and decorate some of Perth's most beautiful homes.

  • Hatch Interiors
  • Hun.Ter Design Studio
  • Mata Design Studio
  • Orno Interiors
  • Turner Interior Design
  • YU Interior

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Hatch Interiors

Hatch Interiors, led by designer Adriana Peci, specialise in residential interior design, colour and product selection, offering design services in all areas of Perth and the South-West of Western Australia.

Hatch Interiors work collaboratively with their clients, and have experience in Renovations, New Homes as well as Display Homes. Hatch Interiors offer Pre Start Consultations, and also work directly alongside architects and builders.

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Hun.Ter Design Studio

Hun.Ter Design Studio is a Perth-based Interior Design company providing tailored solutions for residential interiors.

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Top Interior Design Firms Melbourne

The city of Melbourne is regarded as something of a cultural capital.

Known for its rooftop bars, tiny cafés and iconic street art laneways, Melbourne is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city that appeals to free spirits of all ages.

With its European heritage, the urban landscape is characterised by a stylish mix of new apartment complexes, beautiful heritage buildings and period style homes. The diverse, charming neighbourhoods, and stylish, cultured atmosphere of the city have produced and attracted some serious design talent.

Here we present a few of our favourite Melbourne interior design firms.

  • Adele Bates
  • Atticus & Milo
  • Carr Design Group
  • Chelsea Hing
  • Christopher Elliot Design
  • David Hicks
  • Fiona Lynch
  • Flack Studio
  • Hecker Guthrie
  • Meme Design
  • MIM Design
  • Spinzi Design

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Adele Bates

Adele Bates’ principles are those of quality, custom design and timeless nature. The studio delivers individual design from conception and design development through to documentation and final construction.

The team at Adele Bates take a holistic approach to every project, and aim to synthesise aesthetic sensibility and practical objectives in their designs.

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Living Room Colour Schemes

Bored of playing it safe when it comes to colour palettes?

Colour is all around us yet when it comes to bringing it into our homes, many homemakers tend to play it safe by opting for a predominantly neutral scheme.

For a long time interiors have embraced the paler palette; with hues typically ranging from the various shades of white, all the way up to the taupes or pastel coloured tones, however, when it came to walls, that's where colour kind of stopped.

While this has been the go-to solution for many, more and more homemakers (not just Interior Designers) have been becoming braver with their choice of paint colours and the results have been nothing short of stunning.

Experimenting with Colour

Sometimes we just need a little extra encouragement in order to feel comfortable with using colour, or to see examples of successful outcomes. If you desire something a little more daring when it comes to colour schemes, you've come to the right place!

The team at House of Home believe life's too short not have fun with colour, so with the help of Hayme Paints Colour & Concept Manager, Wendy Rennie, we have come up with two inspiring colour schemes to show you how the use of...

Step Inside the Mitchelton Winery Estate

From what was once a worn and weary estate to one of the premier winery destinations in Australia – we take you inside the sophisticated restoration of this stunning winery in regional Victoria.

Mitchelton Winery, an easy 90-minute drive north of Melbourne, is an Architectural icon. With its striking 55-metre tower, the architecture of the building was originally conceived by Robin Boyd CBE, and completed in 1974 by renowned Australian architect Ted Ashton.

Purchased by the Ryan family in 2011, the winery was tired and unloved, so the family engaged interior design powerhouse Hecker Guthrie to restore the building’s interiors. The resulting renovation is simply breathtaking, and has re-established the venue as one of the premier winery destinations in Australia.

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The Design

The design brief for Hecker Guthrie was essentially to make Mitchelton Winery the destination that it was originally designed to be. The Ryan family wanted to take a custodian approach to the site, restoring the key original architectural elements of Robin Boyd but adding beautiful joinery pieces within the various spaces. The design elements needed to be contemporary in their approach, but rustic...

How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."