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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Pendant Lighting Ideas

As subtle as it may seem, pendant lighting has a big job to do. Its responsibilities extend well beyond the role of illuminating a space; a pendant lamp creates visual perspective and by acting as a focal point for a room, the right pendant can help to make a small room look bigger.

Whether the fitting be understated or elaborate, it is one element of an interior that really can make or break a space - If it’s wrong it will be the first thing to be noticed. Aside from having the right level of illumination (not too bright or not too dim), scale and shape play an important part too. These elements help to create visual a balance and set the tone a mood of a room.

When it comes to selecting your perfect statement pendant lamp, the options are wide and varied. This is fantastic if you know exactly what you are looking for, but exceptionally overwhelming if you don’t. So how do you narrow your search down if you aren’t sure what style, colour, finish or look you’re hoping to achieve or what will work best for the space?

It’s a good question. One consideration that usually comes into play for most people renovating is budget. As such, we have selected four pendant lights suitable...


Pendant Lighting Ideas

As subtle as it may seem, pendant lighting has a big job to do. Its responsibilities extend well beyond the role of illuminating a space; a pendant lamp creates visual perspective and by acting as a focal point for a room, the right pendant can help to make a small room look bigger.

Whether the fitting be understated or elaborate, it is one element of an interior that really can make or break a space - If it’s wrong it will be the first thing to be noticed. Aside from having the right level of illumination (not too bright or not too dim), scale and shape play an important part too. These elements help to create visual a balance and set the tone a mood of a room.

When it comes to selecting your perfect statement pendant lamp, the options are wide and varied. This is fantastic if you know exactly what you are looking for, but exceptionally overwhelming if you don’t. So how do you narrow your search down if you aren’t sure what style, colour, finish or look you’re hoping to achieve or what will work best for the space?

It’s a good question. One consideration that usually comes into play for most people renovating is budget. As such, we have selected four pendant lights suitable for varying budgets for each of the following areas:

  • Pendant Lights for Kitchens
  • Bathroom Pedant Lighting
  • Bedroom Pendant Lights
  • Dining Room Pendant Lights
  • Living Room Pendant Lights

This way, everyone can achieve there desired look without compromising on style or budget.

Pendant Lighting Ideas Kitchens

Pendant Lights for Kitchens

Generally pendant light fittings are placed above an island bench in a single plane and in certain instances above a sink. Generally two – three pendants work for best effect, (depending on their size). Four pendants would look too cluttered or busy whereas an odd number, appears the most balanced configuration to the human eye. This is referred to as the ‘Rule of Three’, however this is a guideline. In some cases two pendants can look better depending on their shape or scale, however, in some cases a even singular pendant positioned to the left or right of an island bench can be successful also. Sometimes intuition can act as the best guide and a hunch can help to be determined by a creating a sketch that is roughly to scale to see if your vision can work.

Pendant Lighting Ideas Bathroom

Bathroom Pedant Lighting

Determining the location of a bathroom pendant is important. The wrong placement can cast shadows over your face which aren’t ideal for applying make-up and can be quite unflattering. If placing a pendant light either side of a vanity mirror, ensure they’re spaced evenly. This will help to prevent those unwanted shadows. An alternative option is to hang a pendant light in one or both the corners of the room. This will project pretty shadows onto the wall but won’t affect your reflection.

Pendant Lighting Ideas Bedroom

Bedroom Pendant Lights

Bedrooms are all about creating mood lighting. There are two main ways to achieve beautiful mood lighting. One is with a pendant located above the bed, the other is suspending a smaller pendant light each side of the bed above the bedside tables. This creates a lovely streamlined look that can make the space appear less cluttered. If hanging a pendant directly over the bed it’s best to choose one with a diffuser otherwise the light will be too bright and shine into your eyes.

Pendant Lighting Ideas Dining

Dining Room Pendant Lights

Hanging a pendant light fitting above your dining table is an instant winner! Locating an object centrally above the table is a powerful tool as it points to a centre. It helps to anchor the space and creates an overall visual balance against the heaviness of a dining setting.

Pendant Lighting Ideas Living

Living Room Pendant Lights

A Living Room pendant light doesn’t have to be exclusively located at the centre of a room. If you want to make a bold statement and add a little drama you can do so by grouping a cluster of pendants. This can be achieved by clustering groups of 3 -5 pendants together (depending on the size of the pendants), and hanging them at varying heights. This techniques looks fabulous in the corner of a living area in place of a floor lamp.

In addition to budget, below are a few main points to consider before selecting your pendant lamps.

Pendant Lighting Style to Suit Your Home

What style are your existing furniture and accent pieces influenced by? Is the style traditional, modern, classic, Scandinavian, industrial etc.? Your pendant should compliment the style of your home’s interior aesthetic. Aim to select something that works well with your existing furniture and décor.

Pendant Lighting Materials and Finishes

Pendant lights are perfect for bringing warmth, colour and texture to a space. Pay attention to your existing colour scheme and the finishes in your home and choose a pendant fitting that’s complimentary to these colours and finishes. This will help to maintain consistency throughout the interior.

Whats the Right Size Pendant?

Scale and proportion play a big part in choosing the right sized pendant so it's important to pay attention to the room’s dimensions. Is the area large or small? What is the ceiling height? If a pendant is too small it will look insignificant. If it’s too large it will make the room appear cluttered and busy and obstruct sightlines. The right size pendant will compliment not overshadow.

Pendant Lighting Inspiration

Find some inspo. Refer to Interior Design magazines, or online tools such as Pinterest or Instagram to seek out some cool design ideas. This will help you to establish what your likes and dislikes are and help to get the creative juices flowing.

Pendant Lighting Placement

There are no hard and fast rules – only guidelines. Don’t be afraid to experiment when hanging a pendant/s. For example, you could try creating a cluster of many smaller lamps suspended together, or hang three pendants at varying sizes at varying heights.

How Bright Should My Pendant Light Be?

It’s important to note that the level of illumination you require from your pendant will be dependent on the types of lighting that already exist within the home. Pendant lights are generally used as decorative lighting as a feature to create an atmosphere. Generally a pendant will be used in conjunction with task lights such as down lights and lamps to ensure the correct light levels are achieved.

Pendant Lighting Dimmers & Diffusers

Putting your pendant on a dimmer switch allows for flexibility in a lighting scheme. With the turn of a dial a brighter light can be created to carry out tasks, while a softer light can be achieved for a moodier atmosphere. Depending on the location of your pendant it may require a light diffuser or use semi-opaque bulbs, to avoid intense beams of light being cast over the space.

Want to learn how to hang a pendant correctly? Be sure to check out our article Tips for Hanging Pendant Lights.

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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."