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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Tips for Buying Wallpaper Online

Introducing Wallpaper is one of the quickest ways to change the look and feel of a room. In our wallpaper buying guide below, we explain the wide variety of different types of wallpapers available. From the various substrates they are printed on, the way they attach to the wall, and what wallpaper styles are popular. What’s important when buying wallpaper online is to find the option that works best for you and your home.

Below is a list of questions we would recommend working through when choosing your new wallpaper:

  • What style of print do you want on your wallpaper?

  • Is it for a single wall or a whole room?

  • Do you want the wallpaper to create a feature wall or a backdrop?

  • Are you going to hang it yourself?

  • Is this a permanent feature or would you like the flexibility of removable wallpaper?

  • What is the application? The Wallpaper you choose should be made of a material that is suitable for that area. For example; a Kitchen needs something that is stain resistant and stand up to humidity.

How to Buy Wallpaper Online

If this is the first time you’ve considered buying wallpaper online, you might not be familiar with all the possibilities that wallpaper presents. Below are some...


Tips for Buying Wallpaper Online

Introducing Wallpaper is one of the quickest ways to change the look and feel of a room. In our wallpaper buying guide below, we explain the wide variety of different types of wallpapers available. From the various substrates they are printed on, the way they attach to the wall, and what wallpaper styles are popular. What’s important when buying wallpaper online is to find the option that works best for you and your home.

Below is a list of questions we would recommend working through when choosing your new wallpaper:

  • What style of print do you want on your wallpaper?

  • Is it for a single wall or a whole room?

  • Do you want the wallpaper to create a feature wall or a backdrop?

  • Are you going to hang it yourself?

  • Is this a permanent feature or would you like the flexibility of removable wallpaper?

  • What is the application? The Wallpaper you choose should be made of a material that is suitable for that area. For example; a Kitchen needs something that is stain resistant and stand up to humidity.

How to Buy Wallpaper Online

If this is the first time you’ve considered buying wallpaper online, you might not be familiar with all the possibilities that wallpaper presents. Below are some of the considerations to make when selecting wallpaper:

Choose a Room

Decide which room you’re going to wallpaper. A wallpapered kitchen is going to have a much different look and feel than a wallpapered master bedroom. For example; a kitchen will need a wallpaper that can be easily wiped and cleaned, while a bedroom wouldn’t need to be so hardwearing. However, it would need to bring a certain level of softness and serenity into the bedroom in its aesthetic.

Decide Where to Wallpaper

After the room is determined, figure out if you’re wallpapering the whole space or simply a part of it. Many designers recommend wallpapering a section of a room rather than covering all the walls in wallpaper. This is of course, entirely up to you, however when wallpapering an entire room, choose something subtle and easy to live with that won’t date.

Select a Style of Wallpaper

Figure out the tone you want to achieve. Are you trying to create a sophisticated living room? A fun kid’s room? An eclectic hang-out space for your teen? Wallpaper for sale at House of Home comes in an array of styles, so it’s easy to pick one that works for you.

Consider Room Proportions

Think about the size of your space. If you have a very small space, you’re going to want a wallpaper with smaller images or graphics. Conversely, a larger space calls for larger designs. Make sure you keep this in mind.

Decide on a Material

Consider your desired wall paper material. Are you considering a paper wallpaper, or are you interested in getting textured fabric wallpaper? Wallpaper for sale runs the gamut.

Pick a Wallpaper Colour

Determine what colour or colours are needed to accentuate your room. Wallpaper can completely transform any space, so pick the right colour or colour patterns. You can literally choose from all the colours of the rainbow. There’s no shade or hue that’s wrong when it comes to buying wallpaper online — it’s all up to your tastes and style preferences. However, just be mindful of your existing interior design scheme and make sure the wallpaper you choose works back with the style and colours already in your home.

Ideas for using wallpaper to make a room feel bigger.

Consider adding a bit of trickery with your wallpaper. Do you want to make a spacious room feel cosier, or a small room feel bigger? Wallpaper can be used to trick the eye brilliantly. All the viewer sees is the finished result.

A light colour wall paper will make room appear more spacious, while a darker warmer colour wallpaper will make a space feel more cosy.

Should You Hang Your Own Wallpaper or Hire a Pro?

This is a topic that has more to do with your skill sets and desires than anything else. It’s absolutely possible to learn to flawlessly hang wallpaper in your home, although not every homeowner wants to take the time to do it.

You’ll need to invest in the right equipment if you decide to do it yourself, and check out the plethora of wallpaper hanging videos and articles online for insights. If you take your time, you’ll be able to do it yourself. Of course, if you hire someone else, you can simply sit back and enjoy the view when they are finished.

Tips for Buying Wallpaper Online

12 Best Wallpaper Designs 2017

Now that you have all the information you need to select the right wallpaper, below is a list of our top 12 picks of different styles of wallpaper that are available to buy online.

Layering different finishes and materials helps in creating warm spaces. Using faux brick and timber finish wallpapers is an incredibly easy way to bring those industrial and vintage textures into a space without having to do any structural work. The prints below are incredibly realistic, and when hung well can look deceptively like the real thing.

  • Marble, Stone & Concrete Wallpaper

  • Textured Wallpaper

  • Timber Panel Wallpaper

  • Brick Wallpaper

  • Geometric Wallpaper

  • Graphic Wall Coverings

  • Art Deco Wallpaper

  • Striped Wallpaper

  • Pressed Metal Wallpaper

  • Floral Wallpaper

  • Palm Print Wallpaper

  • Vinyl Wall Covering

Marble, Stone & Concrete Wallpaper

There are some amazing marble, stone and concrete look wallpapers available. They offer the beauty of the real thing without the expensive price tag.

Explore Stone and Concrete Wall Paper.

Textured Wallpaper

Sea grass papers, also called Grasscloth provide a beautiful textural play that is timeless The texture of these papers and the subtle patterning of the sea grass brings interest to a wall, as well as the warmth of a natural material. They can vary in colour from a very light wheat colour, through the browns and greys, or for a touch of luxe, look for warm metallic hues.

Explore Textured Wallpaper.

Timber Panel Wallpaper

Decorating with natural warm finishes has become a big favourite among Interior Designers and home makers. Introducing wooden or timber elements adds warmth to an interior and is a great way to create a coastal look or Hampton's style vibe. A Herringbone design can be used to achieve a more luxurious aesthetic. Using wallpaper instead or real timber is perfect for those on a budget and wanting to create a new look quickly.

You can create any natural timber look you like with wood panel wallpaper at a fraction of the cost but with all the natural ambience.

Explore Timber Wallpaper.

Brick Wallpaper

Great for feature walls, bricks bring texture and warmth to a room. The brick texture can help to create an industrial inspired look with darker bricks or offer more of a Scandinavian style feel with pale bricks.

Explore Brick Wallpaper.

Geometric Wallpaper

Geometric shapes and patterns are bold but beautiful. Designs are can be presented as squares, triangles and diamonds that are typically arranged in a repeated fashion. With a vast array of different designs available, it is possible to find geometric patterns that appear more subtle looking. Look for softer fine lines and pastel pairings. Here’s some of our favourites:

Explore Geometric Wallpaper.

Graphic Wall Coverings

Graphic wall coverings are the perfect way to bring a sense of fun and whimsy to a home. There a literally thousands of designs to choose from from textural effects such as timber paneling or brick work, to forest scenes or coastal scenes and beyond.

Whether you're looking for a Scandinavian winter woodland, a sunset over the sea, an architectural cityscape or a map of the world, there's something for every home. Graphic wall coverings are especially popular for kids, tweens, and teen bedrooms.

Explore Graphic Wall Coverings.

Art Deco Wallpaper

Bring back that roaring 20's feeling with striking Art Deco inspired wallpaper designs. Even after its hay day this style remains ever popular with a modern take on designs. Art Deco patterns consist of sharp geometric lines and a repetition of patterns such as zigzags and chevrons. Bold lightning strikes or sweeping curves also are common patterns. Given the intensity of this style of motif, Art Deco wallpaper looks best on an accent wall.

Explore Art Deco Wallpaper.

Pressed Metal and Anaglypta Wallpaper

One material that exudes elegant texture better than any other, the pressed metal look has made a big come back. Wall papers are available with a pressed metal design digitally printed gives the effect of a pressed metal panel with an aged paint look.

Another option which creates a similar effect is Anaglypta wallper. Anangypta is an embossed wallcovering that is suitable for use in areas needing high durability. Patterns are generally a classic square tiled design with ornate detail. This type of wallcovering is made from white paper or vinyl and is designed to be painted a colour of your choice.

Explore Pressed Metal and Anaglypta Wallpaper.

Striped Wallpaper

Striped wallpaper can be bold or subtle, run on a horizontal or vertical plain and banding can be wide or fine. Horizontal stripes will make a room appear wider, while vertical stripes can make a ceiling appear higher. If you like pattern but don't want anything too loud, a stripe is a neutral option that is timeless.

Explore Striped Wallpaper.

Floral Wallpaper

Sing it loudly or softly with florals. A beautiful way to bring a sense of nature into the home, floral motifs can be bright and colourful or muted and restrained which makes them suitable for any room in the home.

Explore Floral Wallpaper.

Palm Print Wallpaper

With 'Greenery' being the Pantone colour of the year, (and because we just can't go past a palm print for a little tropical flair), we have included our favourite designs below.

Explore Palm Print Wallpaper.

Vinyl Wall Covering

Vinyl wallpaper is a great option for families with young children as it is more durable and hard wearing than standard wallpaper. Generally stains won't penetrate wall vinyl and they can be easily cleaned by wiping down with a damp cloth. As such, wall vinyl is a perfect option for kids rooms.

Vinyl wall coverings are thicker than standard wall paper and have a beautiful texture. This makes them great solution for uneven walls as they will help to conceal uneven surfaces and imperfections that a painted wall would show.

Explore Vinyl Wall Coverings.

We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wishlist of products for your project, then be sure and check out our Wallpaper products range.

Looking for more inspiration? You may enjoy our article featuring new wall paper designs from Fashion Designer Matthew Williamson and Interior Designer Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little.


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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."