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 Canberra Architects

A city that combines social history with 100 years of architecture, the nation’s capital boast homes of distinctive style and rural icons. From original homesteads to sleek, modern homes, Canberra features an eclectic mix of architectural styles that sit among a tree-lined landscapes and natural surroundings.

As a purpose-built city Canberra owes it's distinctive style to the architects and urban planners who have helped to shape the city.This article highlights some of Canberra's most notable architectural studios who have a striking and unique portfolio of dream homes across Canberra.

Top Architects Canberra

  • Ben Walker Architects

  • DNA Architects

  • Paul Tilse Architects

  • Rob Henry Architects

  • Townsend + Associates Architects

Top Architects Canberra  Ben Walker Architects

Ben Walker Architects

Ben Walker Architects (BWA) was established in 2012 by Ben Walker in Ainslie, ACT. The office was formed to undertake small scale residential and commercial projects and conceptual research projects into the design of the city. For the past 10 years Ben has worked for the Canberra offices of Townsend + Associates Architects and The Expert Client. He has undertaken a wide range of projects at both offices.

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Top Canberra Architects

A city that combines social history with 100 years of architecture, the nation’s capital boast homes of distinctive style and rural icons. From original homesteads to sleek, modern homes, Canberra features an eclectic mix of architectural styles that sit among a tree-lined landscapes and natural surroundings.

As a purpose-built city Canberra owes it's distinctive style to the architects and urban planners who have helped to shape the city.This article highlights some of Canberra's most notable architectural studios who have a striking and unique portfolio of dream homes across Canberra.

Top Architects Canberra

  • Ben Walker Architects

  • DNA Architects

  • Paul Tilse Architects

  • Rob Henry Architects

  • Townsend + Associates Architects

Top Architects Canberra  Ben Walker Architects

Ben Walker Architects

Ben Walker Architects (BWA) was established in 2012 by Ben Walker in Ainslie, ACT. The office was formed to undertake small scale residential and commercial projects and conceptual research projects into the design of the city. For the past 10 years Ben has worked for the Canberra offices of Townsend + Associates Architects and The Expert Client. He has undertaken a wide range of projects at both offices.

BWA is committed to high quality design outcomes that respond to the individual client brief requirements. All projects are undertaken with a focus on buildability and sustainability in all decisions. They can offer a range of architectural and urban design services for projects of all scales and types.

(Ben Walker Architects provided the header image for this article which is from a project called LF House which is a modernist Forrest home).

View Ben Walker Architects www. benwalkerarchitects.com.au.

Top Architects Canberra DNA Architects

DNA Architects

DNA Architects create stunning homes. Their aim is to create and transform spaces that are as individually unique as their clients. They achieve this by listening to their client’s specific requirements and applying their creative expertise to bring that vision to life.

Based in Braddon for 15 years, the success of thisw practice has been achieved through the development of strong, lasting relationships with our clients as much as creating award-winning architectural designs. DNA aim is to ensure that the design and building process is an enjoyable one and that each of their clients is thrilled with the final results. View DNA Architects www.dnaa.com.au,

Top Architects Canberra Paul Tilse Architects

Paul Tilse Architects

Paul Tilse Architects are an award winning practice that was established in 2003 and since their inception have been involved in a variety of residential and commercial projects in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne & Queensland.

The practice undertakes both small and large architectural and interior design projects for a range of private and government clients. Every project is seen as a new challenge to synthesise the particular client requirements into an efficient & vibrant architectural form. They

View Paul Tilse Architects www.paultilsearchitects.com.au.

Top Architects Canberra Rob Henry Architects

Rob Henry Architects

Rob Henry Architects is focused on creating architecture with an understanding of human scale, which is both socially and environmentally sustainable. Embedded in each design process is a commitment to creating spatially rich environments that are evocative and playful yet practical and liveable. By developing a relationship with clients, every project can be delivered with a unique response, tailored to individual needs and aspirations.

Rob has over 10 years of experience and was awarded the 2014 ACT Emerging Architect of the year prize. He has successfully designed many award winning projects over that time. His humble upbringing in rural Australia has influenced his passion for small scale contemporary residential architecture that responds to, and is appropriate for, the Australian environment and local context.

Rob's dedication to education is evident in his ongoing involvement at the University of Canberra as a guest lecturer and tutor in design and sustainability.

View Rob Henry Architects www.robhenryarchitects.com.au

Top Architects Canberra Townsend   Associates Architects

Townsend + Associates Architects

Townsend + Associates Architects is Canberra based and was established in 1993 by Bruce and Catherine Townsend. The practice has achieved recognition for high quality design and construction work encompassing commercial projects, single residences and multi-unit residential works.

The office takes a first principles approach to design and detailing that has produced many highly resolved, refined but practical buildings. Townsend + Associates Architects is regarded as one of the leading architectural firms in the Canberra context and has been awarded fourteen ACT Chapter RAIA Architectural Awards and a National Robin Boyd Award for Housing (Commendation).

View Townsend + Associates Architects www.t-a.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 Hobart


Image Credits: Header image by Ben Walker 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."