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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On Trend Tiles For Your Kitchen

We caught up with Justin Mulry of Tiento Tiles to talk about the latest trends in tiles and kitchen design in 2017, and to get some great advice on the best tiles to choose for your new kitchen.

In general, Justin is seeing more colour come through as his clients become more adventurous and look to mix colour mediums and textures in tiles and in kitchen design.

“The move away from browns and the warmer palette generally to the cooler palette and greys is definitely continuing. Grey is a really popular colour choice in Melbourne – Melbourne loves its greys! The classic beige and cream palette still does have a place in timeless and traditional kitchen design though.”

When it comes to material choice anything concrete look is popular, as is stone, and both of those mixed with wood elements is increasingly popular. “We’re seeing people mix natural elements and materials together to achieve that layered organic feel.”

Best Colour Kitchen Tiles

One of the really big trends that Justin is seeing is the increasing use of colour. “People are definitely becoming more adventurous in their use of colour” says Justin. Pastels –whether they are pinks, blues or greens are popular,...


On Trend Tiles For Your Kitchen

We caught up with Justin Mulry of Tiento Tiles to talk about the latest trends in tiles and kitchen design in 2017, and to get some great advice on the best tiles to choose for your new kitchen.

In general, Justin is seeing more colour come through as his clients become more adventurous and look to mix colour mediums and textures in tiles and in kitchen design.

“The move away from browns and the warmer palette generally to the cooler palette and greys is definitely continuing. Grey is a really popular colour choice in Melbourne – Melbourne loves its greys! The classic beige and cream palette still does have a place in timeless and traditional kitchen design though.”

When it comes to material choice anything concrete look is popular, as is stone, and both of those mixed with wood elements is increasingly popular. “We’re seeing people mix natural elements and materials together to achieve that layered organic feel.”

Best Colour Kitchen Tiles

One of the really big trends that Justin is seeing is the increasing use of colour. “People are definitely becoming more adventurous in their use of colour” says Justin. Pastels –whether they are pinks, blues or greens are popular, then there are those who are creating very moody kitchens with dark grey to black palette.

Overall people are definitely layering more colour, mixing their mediums and textures to create visually interesting but practical spaces.

Wood Tiles

Wood tiles are another great product to use in creating interesting and practical spaces. Over the past couple of years the variety of wood look tiles available has increased dramatically, and so has the interest in getting them installed. Justin credits the rise in the popularity of wood tiles with how durable the products are.

"Wood look tiles are incredibly realistic, but unlike timber are less susceptible to the scratching, denting, warping and cracking that affects real wood floors from the foot traffic, pets and mishaps in homes" says Justin. The wood look tile products at Tiento Tiles are very robust and versatile - they work well in kitchen floors, in bathrooms as well as outdoors. The best bit though, is that unlike timber flooring, you can install under floor heating with the tile product.

The wood look tiles come in a wide range of colours - lots of the natural timber tones varying from light through to much richer, as well as limed timber look tiles in the cooler grey colour palette.

Thin Porcelain Tiles as Benchtops

“One of the biggest trends that we are seeing in kitchen design is the use of really large format thin porcelain sheets for benchtops” says Justin.

“Thin porcelain is such a great material as there are no concerns re scorching or staining, unlike some other benchtop materials. Compressed porcelain is just such a durable material.”

The product is available in sheet sizes 3m x 1m and 3m x 1.5m. The colour palettes are on trend, and the concrete look is particularly popular currently.

There are now many Stonemasons who are experienced working with thin porcelain sheets, making the build of your new kitchen bench top a straightforward task.

“Depending on the kitchen design, we are also seeing these large sheets being used on walls and floors.”

Subway Tiles for Kitchens

Subway Tiles are the rectangular tiles that are popular currently. Named because of their extensive use in the New York subway they work equally well in contemporary, vintage, industrial or provincial kitchens. Subway tiles are available at a variety of price points – the more expensive tend to be the handmade subway tiles. Semi-handmade subway tiles give the handmade look of movement through the inexact shape and unevenness of glaze at significantly less than the cost of handmade tiles.

Subway tiles are a popular choice for splashbacks, and like any porcelain tile they won’t be worried by the heat and are easy to clean.

Best Flooring Choices for Kitchens

Concrete look tiles are a popular choice in kitchens, as are porcelain tiles that mimic the appeal of natural limestone. Being porcelain they are easy to maintain but give the warmth and texture of a natural product.

When it comes to the finish of the tile, this is a very personal choice with high polish tiles and matte finish both continuing to be popular.

Tile Feature Walls for Kitchens

Tiled feature walls are gaining popularity with such an incredible range of textured, 3D and patterned tiles available. Justin and the team at Tiento are seeing tiled feature walls being used in place of wallpaper or pieces of art to bring colour, texture and visual interest into kitchen spaces.

There are some 3D tiles that create a really point of visual interest when used as a feature wall. These hexagonal tiles are an example of what can be achieved.

Looking for more ideas? We have put together a suggestion of three tile colour schemes using some of our favourite tiles from Tiento Tiles and fave tapware from Bourne Bathroom Kitchen & Laundry Centre

Tile Trends Tiento Tiles Scheme 1

Tile Trends Tiento Tiles Scheme 2

Tile Trends Tiento Tiles Scheme 3

We would like to thank the following companies for supplying samples of their products to us for our mood boards:

  • Tiles: Tiento Tiles

  • Tapware: Bourne Bathroom Kitchen & Laundry Centre

  • Paint: Dulux

  • Cabinetry: Laminex

  • Cabinetry Handles: Made Measure and Memory Lane

  • Decor - Salt, Pepper & Spice Pots: Zachloe Lifestyle


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


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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."