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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Kitchen Design Trends 2017

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The kitchen really is the heart of the home, even more so than the living room and is the place where families spend a majority of their time together. Once the work-horse of the house, the kitchen is now treated as a social hub. Everything happens in this space from cooking and entertaining to planning, doing home-work and socialising. We now rely on the kitchen for most of our day-to-day activities so makes sense that this space be as inviting and as functional as possible.

A successful kitchen design should focus on a thoughtful layout, employ good ergonomics, feature durable finishes and incorporate reputable products. Being aware of latest kitchen design trends is important as this information will help you to make the right choices when deciding how to best renovate your kitchen.

From trends in colours to cabinetry, tapware to tiles, splashbacks, appliances, lighting and more, we have completed some thorough investigation work to bring you all the insights...


Kitchen Design Trends 2017

,big>If you are thinking about upgrading or renovating your kitchen now is the perfect time to commence your research as with each New Year comes fresh design trends and new and exciting kitchen products.,big/>

The kitchen really is the heart of the home, even more so than the living room and is the place where families spend a majority of their time together. Once the work-horse of the house, the kitchen is now treated as a social hub. Everything happens in this space from cooking and entertaining to planning, doing home-work and socialising. We now rely on the kitchen for most of our day-to-day activities so makes sense that this space be as inviting and as functional as possible.

A successful kitchen design should focus on a thoughtful layout, employ good ergonomics, feature durable finishes and incorporate reputable products. Being aware of latest kitchen design trends is important as this information will help you to make the right choices when deciding how to best renovate your kitchen.

From trends in colours to cabinetry, tapware to tiles, splashbacks, appliances, lighting and more, we have completed some thorough investigation work to bring you all the insights from the experts as to what we can expect to be big and bountiful in the kitchen this year and beyond.

In this article we review the following trends:

  • Kitchen Design Layout Trends

  • Kitchen Colours Styles and Finishes

  • Kitchen Cabinetry and Hardware Trends

  • Kitchen Sink and Tapware Trends

  • Kitchen Tile & Splash Back Trends

  • Kitchen Appliance Trends

Kitchen Design Trends 2017 Monochromatic

Kitchen Design Layout Trends

Many kitchens of today are becoming shared family spaces that also permit dining, working or lounging within the same area. Kitchens are being designed to allow spaces to ‘’borrow’’ from each other and offer more versatility and design flexibility. Many new kitchens encompass a dining table integrated into the bench top that can double as a home-office work space. This helps to encourage interaction within the home and create a social vibe.

People are also incorporating bar areas or secondary prep areas into kitchen layouts. These are often positioned in the island and create a space for food preparation while still interacting with those around you, they usually contain a small sink, and feature tapware like the zip products that have on hand hot, cold and sparking water.

Kitchen Design Trends 2017 Integrated Area

Kitchen Colours Styles and Finishes

Kitchen Colour Palettes

Many Interior designers have been specifying darker, more moody colour palettes for the kitchen and many home makers have begun to follow suit, experimenting with dark charcoal grey to black palettes. There has been an increase in black feature kitchens, with black appliances, pendant lights and feature tiles or stone splash backs.

Kitchen Finishes

New designs are seeing a lot more layering colour and texture with mixing of mediums and finishes that create visually interesting but practical spaces. Think dark porcelain or slate bench tops with 3-Dimensional splashback tiles, or a Caeaserstone bench top with a polished mirror-shine finish against super matte black cabinetry and teamed with warm metallic sinks and tapware in brass, copper or gun metal. These sleek finishes are balanced with natural organic looking elements such as timber detailing to the island bench or wide timber plank flooring, or oak timber look tiles.

Tuxedo Kitchens

The ‘Tuxedo’ look will grow to become even popular this year. You may already be familiar with this look without realising it. This is a style that has been cropping up in many design blogs of late. The look is high contrast and combines a two tone, monochromatic colour combo of timeless black and white that’s usually punctuated by elements of timber or brass for warmth. The overall look is one of elegance and refinement yet, has an air of natural simplicity and earthy luxuriance.

Kitchen Design Trends 2017 Tuxedo Kitchen

Kitchen Cabinetry and Hardware Trends

Kitchen Cabinets

Colour blocking cabinetry will be the way forward. Wall cabinets in a contrasting colour to the base cabinetry are a winning combo that we will continue to see throughout the year. Popular colour combo’s include navy with muted grey and white or black, grey and timber.

Navy is expected to become the Kitchen colour of 2017. Navy really works well with brass accessories and is the suggested finish to go with this colour. More and more kitchen designs are continuing wall cabinetry to extend to the underside of the ceiling to maximise storage space and minimise dust collection.

Kitchen Design Trends 2017 Colour Trends

Kitchen Storage

Incorporating clever storage solutions and using every inch of kitchen cupboard space efficiently is set to become the standard rather than an added extra. Kitchen cupboards will boast deep drawers that allow items to be more easily accessible will come with self-closing mechanisms.

Although kitchen design will see an influx wall hung cabinets in 2017, exposed floating shelves will still have their place. Open shelving provides a place to display items that reflect ones personality and creates interest. They work best in a contrasting finish to the cabinetry as this helps to break up the space and creates a nice mix of finishes.

Kitchen Design Trends 2017 Storage

Kitchen Hardware

The most popular finishes for cabinet handles are Matt Black, Satin Nickel, Pewter and Antique Brass. The thing that is common to all these finishes is that they are matte not high gloss finishes and so do not show finger marks all that easily.

Kitchens can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to the door hardware needs. People tend to consider their cabinetry by not their pantry doors. Yet many people nowadays are opting for the added luxuries of a butler’s pantry and hidden appliances in their kitchen design.

Internal passage levers can be used for hinged butler’s pantry doors, keeping a consistent look throughout the home. For space saving pantries that use sliding cavity doors, sliding cavity sets and flush pulls are the perfect accompanying hardware. With 2017 seeing a trend towards more neutral tones in the kitchen, sliding cavity sets and flush pulls also work in seamlessly with a kitchen’s overall aesthetic.

Kitchen Design Trends 2017 Sliding Door Hardware

Kitchen Sink and Tapware Trends

One trend in the market has really swung into high demand is coloured composite granite sinks and matching mixer taps. Black and white sinks will be the colour choices for 2017. Another more luxurious option we will see more of are metallic sinks with matching metallic taps in finishes such as brass, copper and gun metal.

Kitchen Design Trends 2017 Tapware

Kitchen Design Trends 2017 Tile Trends

Kitchen Tile & Splash Back Trends

Tiling is coming back as a trend in kitchens with textured or 3-dimensional tiles making an appearance in abundance. There’s going to be a slight shift away from Subway tiles with more people opting for beautiful 60mm round mosaics or hand made textured 150 x 150mm porcelain tiles.

While marble will still have its place, more colourful wall tiles will be sneaking their way into kitchens this year. Larger format floor tiles with an R10 slip rating in greys or charcoals will remain in style and timber look tiles will receive a lot more interest.

Kitchen Appliance Trends

The matte black trend continues and is now influencing both large and small appliances. We will start to see an increase in matte black fridges, dishwashers, ovens and rangehoods especially.

Fridges with French doors are going to be the preferred option, along with self-cleaning ovens that come with a built-in steamer. Silent rangehoods with externally mounted motors that help reduce noise in the kitchen will become more readily available and as such more popular.

Kitchen designs are becoming more minimal and clean looking with the sight lines being left open. When it comes to small appliances many people are opting to integrate these into the cabinetry or conceal them away in a butler style pantry, however for the ones that remain on show chances are they will be matte black.

Kitchen Design Trends 2017 Tapware and Sinks

So that's this years top kitchen trends in a nutshell. We hope this these design ideas have filled you with inspiration and will help you create your dream kitchen. At House of Home we have hundreds of fantastic kitchen products from a selection of the best retailers within Australia.

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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."