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 Sydney Architects

Sydney’s style of architecture has always been a great source of inspiration. We are in constant awe of the dreamy waterside homes that regularly grace the pages of our most popular design blogs and glossy design magazines. What’s great about Sydney's architecture is that while it isn’t defined by any one style in particular, it does unite old architecture with new quite beautifully.

Architects have contributed greatly to the evolution of Sydney's homes, neighbourhoods and urban landscapes. As such, we would like to introduce you to some of Sydney's top architecture firms that have helped to shape the city to become what it is today.

Top Sydney Architects

  • Barker Studio

  • Carter Williamson Architects

  • Castlepeake Architects

  • Design Bubble Studio

  • James Stockwell Architect

  • Rory Brooks Architecture

  • Smart Design Studio

  • TRIBE Studio

  • Watershed Design

  • Virginia Kerridge

Top Architects Sydney Barker Studio

Barker Studio

Barker Studio is an architects practice in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia who service the local areas including Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Ballina, Lismore, Evans Head, Yamba and the surrounding suburbs. They are also happy to travel nationally for projects.

This studio has a strong...


Top Sydney Architects

Sydney’s style of architecture has always been a great source of inspiration. We are in constant awe of the dreamy waterside homes that regularly grace the pages of our most popular design blogs and glossy design magazines. What’s great about Sydney's architecture is that while it isn’t defined by any one style in particular, it does unite old architecture with new quite beautifully.

Architects have contributed greatly to the evolution of Sydney's homes, neighbourhoods and urban landscapes. As such, we would like to introduce you to some of Sydney's top architecture firms that have helped to shape the city to become what it is today.

Top Sydney Architects

  • Barker Studio

  • Carter Williamson Architects

  • Castlepeake Architects

  • Design Bubble Studio

  • James Stockwell Architect

  • Rory Brooks Architecture

  • Smart Design Studio

  • TRIBE Studio

  • Watershed Design

  • Virginia Kerridge

Top Architects Sydney Barker Studio

Barker Studio

Barker Studio is an architects practice in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia who service the local areas including Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Ballina, Lismore, Evans Head, Yamba and the surrounding suburbs. They are also happy to travel nationally for projects.

This studio has a strong responsibility to the natural environment and ensure best practice sustainability in the materials they specify, the embodied energy consumed, and the ecological footprint of the finished product.

Registered architect Luke has over 20 years in the design and construction industry, while Heike has been working in the design and construction industry since 1997 and has worked on projects in Germany, Spain and Australia.

View Barker Studio www.barkerstudio.com.au.

Top Architects Sydney CARTERWILLIAMSON ARCHITECTS

Carter Williamson Architects

Carter Williamson is a multiple award-winning design studio with a strong commitment to rigorous, beautiful and robust architecture. Their aesthetic is playful, clever, crafted and thoughtful; responsive to client and their brief and a joy to be in.

They believe that the interior environment has the potential to be extraordinary and should fill everyone with joy and curiosity; that architecture should allow people to feel safe and secure, confident and expressive, quiet and reflective, and that good architecture should make people lives better.

(Carter Williamson provided the header image for this article which is from a project in McMahon's Point).

View Carter Williamson Architects www.carterwilliamson.com.

Top Architects Sydney Castlepeake Architects

Castlepeake Architects

Castlepeake Architects is a small, design focused, Sydney based architectural practice with many years experience in all types of residential architecture including new, altered and heritage houses.

Their small size allows director input into every project from initial design to completion on site. They are a close knit and passionate team with a focus on design excellence and client satisfaction.

With an aim to design site specific houses that improve the lives of their clients, they rigorously and logically analyse each site and brief and to arrange each response in an efficient and artful way.

View Castle Peak Architects at www.castlepeake.com.au.

Top Sydeny Architects Design Bubble

Design Bubble Studio

Design Bubble is a passionate design studio excited to develop buildings and spaces into environments that are inspiring and functional. They provide interior design & architecture for single & multi-residential homes and business' either commercial or hospitality.

Their design service includes new buildings, additions & alterations, interior architecture, interior design, styling and exterior renovation. From start to finish the attention to detail shown by their design team and their understanding of their clients vision, distinguish design bubble as leaders in theirr field.

View Design Bubble Studio www.designbubble.com.au.

Top Sydeny Architects James Stockwell Architect

James Stockwell Architect

James Stockwell Architect is an award winning architect based in Sydney. His firm works on projects across Australia and New Zealand and specialises in residential and small public buildings. His practice is concerned with developing unique architecture that is specific to each project and linked by a common thread influenced by: context, passive solar design, low running costs, of its place and people.

The practice is small and a limited number of projects are undertaken at one time so that a greater amount of time can be spent with clients and the builder to ensure the required result and budget. With a stunning portfolio that is second to none, the homes that James creates are nothing short of incredible.

View James Stockwell www.stockwelldesign.com.au.

Rory Brooks Architects

Rory Brooks Architecture

RBA is a boutique architecture practice that was founded in 2008. They specialise in bespoke, carefully crafted spaces that respond sensitively to their site, are sustainable, and beautiful. RBA deliver projects that are derived from a carefully considered design process that adheres closely to the client’s brief and requirements.

View Rory Brooks Architecture.

Top Sydeny Architects smartdesignstudio

Smart Design Studio

Smart Design Studio’s style of architecture is inspired by pure Modernism, but their belief is not that “form follows function” so much as “form has a function.” Buildings are best when they work effortlessly for the passer-by and are at the same time intensely engaging to their occupants and Smart Design Studio aspire to create both.

Their thirty-five plus team all design with rigour, however they find that by applying layers of significance and embedding hidden meaning adds poetry to the finished design.

The Philosophy of Smart Design Studio’s architecture can be summed up in three words: Excellence, Innovation and Collaboration.

View Smart Design Studio www.smartdesignstudio.com.

Top Sydeny Architects Tribe Studio

TRIBE Studio

One of the most inspiring and awarded Australian practices of its generation Tribe are known for their artful, intelligent and sustainable work – from mixed-use, multi-residential and masterplanning, to bespoke educational spaces and private homes.

At any scale, TRIBE Studio designs are energising, optimistic, rational and rigorous. They have an accolade of awards under their belt and an innovative and inspiring portfolio to match.

Visit TRIBE Studio www.tribestudio.com.au.

Top Sydeny Architects Tzannes Associates

Tzannes

Tzannes works across a wide range of scales and project types but their portfolio includes many stunning residences across NSW.

They take on projects at every scale and value but have the capability and technology to service significant larger projects. They are known for their passion, curiosity, design judgment, attention to detail and effective client relationships. They provide director level access, transparency and design leadership in every phase of their projects to deliver a distinctive client experience.

Visit www.tzannes.com.au.

Top Sydeny Architects Watershed Design

Watershed Design

Located on the beautiful Northern shores of Manly, Watershed Design specialise in top quality, contemporary architecture and design with a focus on environmental sustainability. They work closely with their clients to create a solution specific to their needs.

Environmental principles are central to their design approach and include orienting spaces for control of heat gain and loss, efficient space planning, choice of materials and systems and flexibility of the design for longevity.

They strive to minimise the impact of the building process by designing with efficient energy systems, passive solar principles, reducing water usage, choosing materials wisely and planning for space efficiency.

Visit Watershed Design www.watersheddesign.com.au.

Top Architects Sydney Virginia Kerridge

Virginia Kerridge

Established in 1995 and located in Surry Hills, there's nothing this architect can't do. Completed work by Virginia Kerridge Architect includes the design of new houses, alterations to houses, adaptive re-use, multi-residential and apartment design, hotel design, retail design, gallery design and cafe design. The Principal established the practice in 1995.

The specific nature of each building is established in a relational fabric; a structural assemblage where each part responds to an arrangement of materials, forms and functions.

Visit Virginia Kerridge Architect www.vk.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.

If you would like to find architects from the other major cities in Australia visit our articles below.

  • Top Architects Melbourne

  • Top Architects Brisbane

  • Top Architects Adelaide

  • Top Architects Canberra

  • Top Architects Hobart

  • Top Architects Perth


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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."