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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Top Architects Hobart

A city that is known for its stunning scenery and rugged landscape. Hobart is fascinating city that is defined by a community spirit and a love for the great outdoors.

Unsurprisingly many Hobart homes offer lots of natural light and boast floor to ceiling windows that frame a spectacular view. Hobart has a style of architecture that is sensitive to the surrounding landscape. As such, many of this city's homes are designed to sit harmoniously within their setting as if to touch the earth gently.

This inspiring approach to design has been brought about by Hobart's innovative architects who are committed to creating homes that are sustainable, functional and innately beautiful. Below we bring you a selection of Hobart's best architects who inspired us by their immense passion and extreme talent.

Top Architects Hobart

  • Core Collective

  • Cumulus Studio

  • Jaws Architects

  • Preston Lane Architects

  • S. Group

Top Architects Canberra Core Collective

Core Collective

Core Collective is a team of architects and makers committed to sustainable, elegant and robust architecture. Based in Hobart, Tasmania, they have an ingrained love of the natural environment and appreciation of local craftsmanship, which they instill in...


Top Architects Hobart

A city that is known for its stunning scenery and rugged landscape. Hobart is fascinating city that is defined by a community spirit and a love for the great outdoors.

Unsurprisingly many Hobart homes offer lots of natural light and boast floor to ceiling windows that frame a spectacular view. Hobart has a style of architecture that is sensitive to the surrounding landscape. As such, many of this city's homes are designed to sit harmoniously within their setting as if to touch the earth gently.

This inspiring approach to design has been brought about by Hobart's innovative architects who are committed to creating homes that are sustainable, functional and innately beautiful. Below we bring you a selection of Hobart's best architects who inspired us by their immense passion and extreme talent.

Top Architects Hobart

  • Core Collective

  • Cumulus Studio

  • Jaws Architects

  • Preston Lane Architects

  • S. Group

Top Architects Canberra Core Collective

Core Collective

Core Collective is a team of architects and makers committed to sustainable, elegant and robust architecture. Based in Hobart, Tasmania, they have an ingrained love of the natural environment and appreciation of local craftsmanship, which they instill in every project.

Core Collectives architects work closely with consultants and clients, as well as construction and creative industries, delivering projects that achieve excellent functional, ecological and sociological outcomes balanced with a cohesive design aesthetic.

The studio works take a rigorous approach to all projects, including strategic planning, client briefing, research, analysis and attention to detail. Their projects not only improve the value of a property, they also work towards improving the broader urban realm.

View Core Collective www.corecollective.com.au.

Top Architects Canberra Cumulus Studio

Cumulus Studio

Cumulus Studio is an award winning architecture practice with offices in Hobart, Launceston and Melbourne. The three offices operate as one combined studio, providing flexibility in the size and scope of work undertaken and ensuring a cohesive and collaborative approach to all projects.

The studio consists of 15 designers, including 9 registered architects, and specialises in tourism, residential, commercial, heritage, urban design and interior architecture. Cumulus also regularly collaborates with a number of external specialist consultants from across Australia for the co-ordination of a broader range of services from feasibility studies and brand management through to contract administration and post occupancy evaluation.

View Cumulus Studio www.cumulus.studio.

Top Architects Canberra Jaws Architects

Jaws Architects

Jaws Architects are Tasmania's most dynamic and creative team of architects and designers, specialising in thoughtful, sustainable design solutions and Residential Design. Their projects explore the relationship between living spaces and the local environment, climate and site, to create a strong relationship between each building and the setting in which it is placed.

Based in Hobart, and with offices in Launceston and Melbourne, JAWS is led by directors Neal Mackintosh, David Button and Scott Verdouw, with associates Fiona Graham, Catherine Williams and Hanz Lee and a talented team of passionate designers and architects. They take an innovative approach to residential design that balances each client’s needs and vision with practical and functional needs, energy efficiency and sustainability.

View Jaws Architects www.jawsarchitects.com.

Top Architects Canberra PrestonLane Architects

Preston Lane Architects

Preston Lane creates highly considered Architecture which responds to the human, environmental and social context. They are interested in how the built form, through space and materiality affects people, and explore this idea across varying scales and building typologies.

Whilst the aesthetic of their work is important, it is the creation of a unique sensitivity and emotion within the spaces we create that is their top priority. This philosophy is applied to all their projects from a single room to an urban landscape.

Preston Lane Architects provided the header image for this article which is from a project in Malvern East Victoria, (they also have an office based in Melbourne).

View Preston Lane Architects www. prestonlane.com.au.

Top Architects Canberra S Group

S. Group

S. Group is a unique multi-disciplinary studio integrating architecture and strategic creative design. They offer a leading combination of specialist knowledge, resources, capability and scale, driven by an ultimate vision to enhance communities both on a local and global scale through interactions with progressive, functional, and beautifully considered design.

Well versed in executing residential projects S Group can assist their clients with Project Feasibility and Land Selection, Council Approvals and Consultants, Tendering, Concept Design, Construction Documentation and Materials Specification, Construction Management, Design Development and Interior Design.

View S. Group www. sgroup.com.au.


We hope you found this post helpful. If you are interested to learn more about the the role of an architect, the benefits of working with one, and what to look for when appointing one, please visit our parent article Top Architecture Firms Australia.

  • Top Architects Melbourne

  • Top Architects Sydney

  • Top Architects Brisbane

  • Top Architects Perth

  • Top Architects Adelaide

  • Top Architects Canberra


Image Credits: Header image by Preston Lane Architects | All other images sourced from the portfolios of each of architectural firms above.


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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."