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 Brisbane

A river side city that is legendary for its laid back lifestyle and glorious sub-tropical climate. Brisbane boasts some stunning homes that are uniquely Australian in style and the envy of many other cities.

This warm and super sunny climate lend itself to a style of architecture that allows indoor and outdoor spaces to borrow from each other and become connected as if one.

Many of Brisbane's homes owe their beauty to the architects who designed them. In this article we look at five of Brisbane's best architectural practices who have an impressive portfolio of distinctive homes that caught our eye and left us in awe.

This article follows on from our parent article Top Architecture Firms where we look at the role of an architect, the benefits of working with one, and what to look for when appointing one. We now bring the top five architecture firms of Brisbane in alphabetical order.

Top Architects Brisbane

  • Alexandra Buchanan

  • DM2 Architecture

  • KO & Co. Architecture

  • May Tree Studios

  • Tim Stewart Architects

Top Architects Brisbane Alexandra Buchanan

Alexandra Buchanan

Under the direction of Alexandra Buchanan, the ABA studio draws on traditional methods to deliver creative, practical and bespoke residential...


Top Architects Brisbane

A river side city that is legendary for its laid back lifestyle and glorious sub-tropical climate. Brisbane boasts some stunning homes that are uniquely Australian in style and the envy of many other cities.

This warm and super sunny climate lend itself to a style of architecture that allows indoor and outdoor spaces to borrow from each other and become connected as if one.

Many of Brisbane's homes owe their beauty to the architects who designed them. In this article we look at five of Brisbane's best architectural practices who have an impressive portfolio of distinctive homes that caught our eye and left us in awe.

This article follows on from our parent article Top Architecture Firms where we look at the role of an architect, the benefits of working with one, and what to look for when appointing one. We now bring the top five architecture firms of Brisbane in alphabetical order.

Top Architects Brisbane

  • Alexandra Buchanan

  • DM2 Architecture

  • KO & Co. Architecture

  • May Tree Studios

  • Tim Stewart Architects

Top Architects Brisbane Alexandra Buchanan

Alexandra Buchanan

Under the direction of Alexandra Buchanan, the ABA studio draws on traditional methods to deliver creative, practical and bespoke residential designs. They design beautiful, liveable homes that are collaboratively conceived, and individually crafted. Their work is driven by approachability, personalisation and collaboration. They build a unique identity for each project – one that reflects the very best of their clients’ lifestyles.

ABA start each project by learning about their client’s ideal lifestyle, favourite season, time of day, hobbies etc. They do this because residential architecture should be all about you, which is why they will work as a partnership to bring your dream to a reality.


View Alexandra Buchanan www.alexandrabuchanan.com.

Top Architects Brisbane DM2 Architecture

DM2 Architecture

Drawing on experience in the fields of architecture, interior design, client representation and facilities management the DM2 Architecture team provides a service, which considers the important factors of value management, life cycle costing and maintenance as integral parameters to functionality and design. They understand that a client’s objectives and desired outcomes are key to adding value to a project.

With a team of 12, DM2 Architecture is able to undertake a wide range of projects, from the smallest fit out through to complex master planning. dm2architecture is led by directors Jono Medhurst and Brad Muller whose combined experience draws on 50 years of individual practice and a further 30 years of running architectural practices.

View DM2 Architecture www.dm2architecture.com.au.

Top Architects Brisbane KO Architecture

KO & Co. Architecture

KO & Co. Architecture is a Brisbane based architecture and design practice with a keen interest in residential design. From high end beautifully crafted homes, clever design solutions for small additions and alterations, to efficient responses to multi residential developments, every client has a unique brief which is deserving of a considered and exceptional response.

KO & Co. Architecture caters for clients who have a shared passion for design and those who are interested in the difference good design can make to a space.

View KO & Co. Architecture www.koandcompany.com.au.

Top Architects Brisbane May Tree Studio

May Tree Studios

Opening it's doors in 2012, May Tree Studios was born out of an aspiration to provide a design service that is collaborative and relational by qualified Interior Designer and Registered Architect, owner Rebecca Caldwell.

Rebecca brings over 10 years of design and project management experience to every project. Her team work with a broad range of clients, seeking to understand their needs and wants and deliver that back to them through critical thinking and design excellence.

(May Tree Studios provided the header image for this article which is from a project called the 'Glasshouse' mountain residence).

View May Tree Studios www.maytreestudios.com.au.

Top Architects Brisbane Tim Stewart Architects

Tim Stewart Architects

Tim Stewart Architects is a firm built on the knowledge and expertise of its team who collectively bring to the studio a diverse range of skill in residential and commercial projects. The team is passionate about design and the impact that good architecture can have on people and the surrounding environment.

Along with the commitment to exceptional design, they understand that a delicate balance between aesthetic beauty and practical use has to be exercised and believe in involving the client in the design process, working in a transparent and collaborative way to marry the client’s vision with the skills and knowledge of the team.

View Tim Stewart Architects www.timstewartarchitects.com.au.


We hope you found this post helpful. If you would like to find architects from the other major cities in Australia visit our articles below.

  • Top Architects Melbourne

  • Top Architects Sydney

  • Top Architects Perth

  • Top Architects Adelaide

  • Top Architects Canberra

  • Top Architects Hobart


Image Credits: Header image by May Tree Studios | 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."