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 Adelaide

A city that’s enviable lifestyle balances green parklands with stretches of beaches and fantastic wine regions, Adelaide is a place where you could live anywhere and pretty much be guaranteed to be surrounded by natural beauty.

With an urban landscape that is rich in architectural styles and encompasses a great standard of living, Adelaide seems to have it all. It's no surprise that some Adelaide also has some of Australia best architects. In this article we take a look at some of Adelaide's top architectural firms, who take an innovative approach to design and have a distinctive portfolio of residential projects that are second to none.

  • AKA

  • Black Rabbit Architecture

  • Glasshouse Projects

  • Rowlands Architectural Design Studio

  • Williams Burton Leopardi Architecture

Top Architects Adelaide Studio aka

AKA

AKA also known as (AKA) is an Adelaide-based studio passionate about holistic design. Architects Amy Grundy and Katherine Dujmovic utilise a multidisciplinary approach to meet client needs, desires and aspirations in aesthetic design and functionality. Both inside and out, AKA believes architectural design should feel as one, with elegance and simplicity resulting in timeless creations.

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Top Architects Adelaide

A city that’s enviable lifestyle balances green parklands with stretches of beaches and fantastic wine regions, Adelaide is a place where you could live anywhere and pretty much be guaranteed to be surrounded by natural beauty.

With an urban landscape that is rich in architectural styles and encompasses a great standard of living, Adelaide seems to have it all. It's no surprise that some Adelaide also has some of Australia best architects. In this article we take a look at some of Adelaide's top architectural firms, who take an innovative approach to design and have a distinctive portfolio of residential projects that are second to none.

  • AKA

  • Black Rabbit Architecture

  • Glasshouse Projects

  • Rowlands Architectural Design Studio

  • Williams Burton Leopardi Architecture

Top Architects Adelaide Studio aka

AKA

AKA also known as (AKA) is an Adelaide-based studio passionate about holistic design. Architects Amy Grundy and Katherine Dujmovic utilise a multidisciplinary approach to meet client needs, desires and aspirations in aesthetic design and functionality. Both inside and out, AKA believes architectural design should feel as one, with elegance and simplicity resulting in timeless creations.

From residential and boutique commercial designs to large-scale multi-residential and commercial projects, AKA is committed to high quality outcomes They places high importance on environmental impact, passive design, constructability and time constraints and assists clients to realise their site and budget specific project potential.

AKA can assist in all aspects of design and construction, such as: Architectural design (new builds and additions), Renovations and refurbishments, Interior design, Master planning, Furniture design or selection and Contract management.

View AKA www.studioaka.com.

Top Architects Adelaide Black Rabbit Architecture

Black Rabbit Architecture

Black Rabbit Architecture + Interiors are a studio-based practice focused on creating boutique design solutions, tailored to their client’s individual needs. Be it architecture, interior spaces, furniture or styling, every project is unique and highly personalised. Based in Adelaide, with over 11 years in practice, their team have a wide range of experience in multiple fields of discipline; however it is residential design which is their passion and specialty.

Black Rabbit firmly believe great design really can change your life… Creating timeless pieces which can be dressed up or down and still have a sense of style and sophistication twenty years from now is the way in which they tackle design.

Design has a cheeky way of engaging us, so much so that for the most part we don’t even know it’s happening. Day in and day out we interact with a built world that either works or doesn’t. When it does and design is at its best... It sings…..and feels like HOME!

Black Rabbit Architecture theblackrabbit.com.au.

Top Architects Adelaide Glasshouse Projects

Glasshouse Projects

Glasshouse Projects is a boutique firm specialising in high-end residential projects, renovations and commercial spaces, providing architectural design as well as project management and construction services.

The advantage of using Glasshouse is that they not only design your space but can also build it too. Unlike traditional architecture practices, they provide a complete design and construction service, with clients dealing with one person at all stages of their project- from initial concept design, through council planning, to selections, construction, right up until handover of keys.

Glasshouse was founded by architect Don Lannicelli, who after working for more than 12 years in architecture and construction, found there was a lack of integration, knowledge and service when not only designing, but also creating high-end, one-off projects.

View Glasshouse Projects glasshouseprojects.com.au.

Top Architects Adelaide Rowlands Architecture

Rowlands Architectural Design Studio

Rowlands Architectural Design Studio (RAD-Studio) is an architecture design practice with the focus of thoughtful and meaningful design. They don’t just produce spaces that people need to live in; they carefully design spaces to suit lifestyle and culture.

RAD-Studio builds strong project ethos and philosophy to produce unique design solutions to challenge standard forms of living. They work closely with their clients to help broaden possibilities while projects evolve, to encourage and stimulate dreams then bring them to reality.

Understanding the nature of human experience within designed spaces pushes them away from designing to trends that have limited lifespans. Instead, they look at how design stipulates meaning to spaces that we live, learn, work, relax, and of course have fun in.

View RAD-Studio www.rad-studio.com.au.

Top Architects Adelaide Williams Burton Leopardi Architecture  2

Williams Burton Leopardi Architecture

WBL have a vision to nurture and evolve a studio and community that passionately believes beautifully crafted, deeply personal environments are the foundation of our lives. Their work builds connection through celebrating life’s daily rituals, creating environments that are distinctive to people and place, made intelligently and from the heart.

WBF focus on what makes spaces meaningful to the people who inhabit them, spending time to shape their clients physical environments into personal experiences that evoke memories and inspire new stories.

They do this by providing a seamless amalgam of architecture and interior design enhanced by close collaboration with their clients to shape spaces into places that make life extraordinary.

(WBL provided the header image for this article which is from a barn conversion project in North Adelaide).

View Williams Burton Leopardi Architecture www.designbywbl.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.

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  • Top Architects Hobart


Image Credits: Header image by Williams Burton Leopardi Architecture. 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."