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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Fireplace Trends and Designs for 2017

Beat the winter blues and create a sense of warmth and luxury in your home by introducing a new statement fire-place.

Nothing is more hypnotising or more comforting than the flickering flames of a fire in the wintertime. A fire place acts a beautiful focal point for your living space and creates the ultimate cosy ambience to help you through the cooler months. With so many styles and varieties to choose from, selecting a fireplace can become a little overwhelming.

Never fear, House of Home have done the research to bring you a selection of gorgeous and practical fireplaces that are going to be big, bright and beautiful in 2017. These 'talking point’ designs are guaranteed to create a beautiful sensory experience that will add a new lease of life to your home.

In this article you'll find tips and information on:

  • Choosing a Fireplace
  • Different Fuel types for Fireplaces
  • Styles & Designs of Fireplaces
  • What's on trend for Fireplaces in 2017

Choosing a Fireplace

When selecting a fire place for your home it is important to consider what its primary purpose will be. Before you commence your research review the following questions, they will help you to determine which is the...


Fireplace Trends and Designs for 2017

Beat the winter blues and create a sense of warmth and luxury in your home by introducing a new statement fire-place.

Nothing is more hypnotising or more comforting than the flickering flames of a fire in the wintertime. A fire place acts a beautiful focal point for your living space and creates the ultimate cosy ambience to help you through the cooler months. With so many styles and varieties to choose from, selecting a fireplace can become a little overwhelming.

Never fear, House of Home have done the research to bring you a selection of gorgeous and practical fireplaces that are going to be big, bright and beautiful in 2017. These 'talking point’ designs are guaranteed to create a beautiful sensory experience that will add a new lease of life to your home.

In this article you'll find tips and information on:

  • Choosing a Fireplace
  • Different Fuel types for Fireplaces
  • Styles & Designs of Fireplaces
  • What's on trend for Fireplaces in 2017

Choosing a Fireplace

When selecting a fire place for your home it is important to consider what its primary purpose will be. Before you commence your research review the following questions, they will help you to determine which is the best fireplace for you;

• Is the fireplace required to be a source of main heat?

• Is just for aesthetics and to create an ambiance, or does it need to offer both?

• What is your budget?

• What is your style preference and what style will best suit your home?

• Which type is the most economical for your home? Weigh up cost to run, fuel availability and so forth.

• How long do plan to live in your home? Will the heater be a short or long term investment?

• What are the building requirements for this type?

• Consider insulation, window sizes and ceiling heights. These are all factors that will impact of the type of fire place that will be most suitable for your home.

• Speak to an expert! Take a floor plan with some measurements and photos of your space into your nearest dealer. They can assist you to calculate heating capacity required and suitable options for your home.

Gas Fireplaces

Types of Fireplaces

While there are numerous styles and types to choose from, the three most popular varieties are gas, electric or wood burning, but ethanol fireplace are also available in the market. Here's our wrap up of the each fireplace by fuel type & some suggested models:

  • Gas Fire Places
  • Wood Burning Fireplaces
  • Electric Fireplaces
  • Ethanol Fireplaces

Gas Fire Places

There has been an increasingly strong trend toward gas fireplaces. The effect of heat is almost instant, they are affordable, and easy to install as they don’t require a brick built chimney. Note that Gas fires should be used as a secondary form of heating. There are many styles to choose from which can be incorporated into a multitude of interior spaces.

Interested in knowing more about Gas Fireplaces? Read our Guide to Gas Fireplaces and discover our range of Gas Fireplaces

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Wood Burner Fire Place

Wood Burning Fireplaces

Nothing beats the flickering flames and mesmerising effect of a real wood burning fire place. A wood burner generates an unparalleled, luxurious level of warmth compared to other sources of heat and as wood is a renewable resource. Wood burners are therefore considered a carbon neutral way of producing heat for the whole house.

To discover more Wood Burning Fireplaces visit: Your Guide to Wood Burner Fireplaces and Wood Burner Fireplaces to Buy.

Electric Fireplace

Electric Fireplaces

Electric Fireplaces have evolved significantly in recent years. They now take advantage of modern LED lighting technologies to mimic a flame-effect option that is almost as good as the real thing. They are now able to offer a higher level of heat output that is low maintenance and energy efficient. This type of fireplace is primarily used for decorative purposes and can be floor standing or wall mounted. They don’t need to be flued so are a good option for apartments where sharing walls, body corporate may be an issue.

To discover more Electric Fireplaces visit: Electric Fireplaces

Ethanol Fireplace

Ethanol Fireplaces

Ethanol Fireplaces are popular for their low maintenance, energy efficiency, and their ease of installation. A major advantage being that they aren’t required to be vented to the outdoors, and as such don’t need a flue.

To discover more Ethanol Fireplaces visit: Ethanol Fireplaces.

Suspended Fireplace

Styles and Designs of Fireplaces

Everyone knows what a standard wood fireplace looks like, but there are so many incredible designed fireplaces to choose from.

Here's a few of our absolute favourites:

  • Suspended Fireplaces
  • Rotating Fireplaces
  • Freestanding Fireplaces
  • Double Sided Fireplaces
  • Wall Mounted Fireplaces
  • Corner Unit Fireplaces

Suspended Fire-places

Hung from the ceiling, a suspended fireplace can create a beautiful interior sculpture and focal point for a room.

To discover more Suspended Fireplaces visit: Suspended Fireplaces.

Rotating Fireplaces

What could be better than a suspended fireplace? A rotating one! Imagine having a playful 360 degree pivot rotation option that can allow the fire to be positioned anywhere in a room! Well It’s actually possible!

A freestanding rotating fireplace is also a great option as the rotating burning chamber offers the flexibility to put fire wherever you desire.

Free Standing Fireplace

Free Standing Fireplaces

A freestanding fireplace is a highly efficient heating option for homes that don’t have enough wall space for an inbuilt fireplace, and is perfect for homes with high cathedral style ceilings and also work well with large format glass windows that offer a panoramic view.

To discover more Freestanding Fireplaces visit: Freestanding Fireplaces.

Double Sided Fire Place

Double Sided Fireplaces

Use this playful design as a divider between two grand living spaces and enjoy the flickering of dancing flames from both sides. A double sided wood range allows an unsurpassed ambience in any centre space. There are also double sided gas models available.

To discover more Double Sided Fireplaces visit: Double Sided Fireplaces.

Wall Mounted Fireplace

Wall Mounted Fireplaces

Wall mounted fireplaces are a great option for small spaces, are relatively inexpensive to buy and super easy to install. Making the, by far one of the most popular styles for creating a beautiful statement.

To discover more Wall Mounted Fireplaces visit: Wall Mounted Fireplaces.

Corner Unit Fireplace

Corner Unit Fireplaces

If you like the aesthetic of a freestanding unit but don't want it projecting into living space a corner unit is the perfect solution! They a very easy to install and a great way to fill a nook or dead space in a corner.

To discover more Corner Unit Fireplaces visit: Corner Unit Fireplaces.

Fireplace Trends 2016

Fireplace Trends 2017

We asked Matt Kersey of Subiaco Restoration what he thinks will be the key trends for 2017. Here’s what he shared with us.

‘’I think the modern, clean, simple look will continue in the main, with brands like Real Flame, Regency, Escea and Rinnai doing well’’.

‘’Period renovations are becoming more true to the original, rather than semi-modernised DIY type renovations, so I’m sure we’ll see the more traditional styled fires still performing strongly on both gas and wood’’.

‘’I’d think that, with new home builders requiring a minimum 6 star efficiency, the market for balanced flue, room sealed fires will improve’’.


We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wishlist of products, then be sure and check out all of our beautiful fireplaces.


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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."