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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Tackling a Bathroom Renovation

Preparing for a bathroom renovation is a big job and in some cases can be quite an investment (albeit a rewarding one).

There are many factors to consider in preparation for such a venture; It takes careful planning, lots of decision making, plus the ability to problem solve and be flexible in your approach to the design.

Many renovators will encounter some kind of unexpected issue that needs to be resolved at any given stage of a project. If a hiccup should so happen along the way, is really helps to have peace-of-mind in knowing that you are working with a professional supplier who can offer guidance or expert advice at a time of need.

Whether it be due to design constraints, budget constraints or time constraints, the design of a space can be constantly evolving and first preferences may not always be possible. No two renovation projects are ever the same and as such will have different requirements requiring different solutions.

For sixth time renovator Genevieve Guthrie this was all first-hand knowledge and her latest project was to be no exception. Understanding that her Albert Park bathroom was going to need much more than a standard design solution, and with a...


Tackling a Bathroom Renovation

Preparing for a bathroom renovation is a big job and in some cases can be quite an investment (albeit a rewarding one).

There are many factors to consider in preparation for such a venture; It takes careful planning, lots of decision making, plus the ability to problem solve and be flexible in your approach to the design.

Many renovators will encounter some kind of unexpected issue that needs to be resolved at any given stage of a project. If a hiccup should so happen along the way, is really helps to have peace-of-mind in knowing that you are working with a professional supplier who can offer guidance or expert advice at a time of need.

Whether it be due to design constraints, budget constraints or time constraints, the design of a space can be constantly evolving and first preferences may not always be possible. No two renovation projects are ever the same and as such will have different requirements requiring different solutions.

For sixth time renovator Genevieve Guthrie this was all first-hand knowledge and her latest project was to be no exception. Understanding that her Albert Park bathroom was going to need much more than a standard design solution, and with a new design in mind, she approached Bourne Bathrooms to help her to tackle her new design challenge – the conversion of an early 1900’s Victorian bathroom with a 1970’s design aesthetic into a modern Scandinavian style inspired design.

Tackling a Bathroom Renovation Bourne Bathrooms

Creating a functional bathroom with a spacious feeling was of the utmost importance for Genevieve, however, once the renovation commenced there were challenges. The first issue was the placement of the toilet. Genevieve soon discovered it wouldn’t be possible to have a concealed hidden cistern as originally planned. This would greatly impact the look and feel of the bathroom and Genevieve was at a loss at what to do. Fortunately, Lucy (one of Bourne’s expert design consultants) knew exactly what to suggest as an alternative and what could have been a disaster actually ended up being a better result than what was considered for the original design.

Bourne Bathrooms were able to offer a terrific solution by suggesting a rimless toilet by Caroma which I wasn’t even aware was on the market. It’s attractive, easy to clean and I couldn’t be happier with it.

The second issue arose when the bath that was ordered arrived with a crack in it. This could have stalled the installation and although this wasn’t a fault of the supplier, Bourne Bathrooms sorted it out by replacing the bath immediately.

As with any design project, you realise that process is ever evolving and any challenges that arise you soon find as solution for with the help of the experts. However, Bourne Bathrooms went above and beyond anything I could have expected.

It’s this flexibility and ability to resolve on-site issues that a project depends on for a successful outcome. Bourne Bathrooms were also able to be flexible with their deliveries in order to coordinate with various Trades people at different times during the installation. Rather than sending all the goods to the house at the same time when space was of a premium, the deliveries were staggered to co-ordinate with when the work was being carried out by each trades person.

During the renovation process it doesn’t matter how well you plan things inevitably issues will arise that need resolutions. Working with experienced professional suppliers can help to reduce the amount of stress that can be experienced and make the process much more enjoyable.

“Bourne really know their products, their service was extremely personalised and they are very passionate about providing that extra level of service. They would always follow up to see how the renovation was going and by the end of the project Lucy and I have become quite good buddies”.

Thanks to Bourne Bathrooms, Genevieve now has a beautiful bathroom that is the envy of all of her friends. The bathroom’s understated and elegant palette that is light and bright with warm oak timber features punctuated by striking black highlights in the form of the fixtures and fittings. The result is a gorgeous, spacious and functional bathroom with a calm, yet refined Scandi style vibe. An outcome that accurately fits the brief Genevieve presented to Bourne Bathrooms and is perfectly inline with her overall vision.

How to Tackle a Bathroom Renovation Bourne Bathrooms

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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."