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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Freshen Up Your Home for Spring!

It happened yesterday - just after picking up my morning coffee, I felt it! You know, that delightful scent, the hint of humidity in the warmer air, the wonderful sensation of soft sunshine on your face... that spring time feeling!

Flowers have begun to bloom, bees are buzzing, birds are singing and winter blues are fading because the most gorgeous season of the year is here!

Just as the seasons change, so should our living spaces. It’s important to freshen up the home and garden, not just so they are clean, orderly and looking amazing but also for general health and well-being. There’s nothing like an ‘out with the old’ and ‘in with the new’ strategy to help cleanse the mind and feel a sense of pride and achievement.

There’s no easier or faster way to make use of your Spring clean cull than by replacing outdated home décor items with new spring time inspired furnishings. We are very excited to see that décor accents are all about vibrancy and colour this year. Inspired by a touch of the exotic, the look is fresh, fun, bright and bold with lots of natural textures and a link to the indoor /outdoor aesthetic.

Interiors are being filled with various types of plants and...

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...

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."