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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Matte Black Tapware

A profound kitchen or bathroom renovation can be completed in less than an hour. The trick is to make the small things bolder. I’m talking about small fittings like sink taps. And to go bold, one must go back to black. In this article we cover:

  1. Three key bathroom and kitchen design trends that feature black taps

  2. Three must have black bathroom taps

  3. Best selling bathroom taps to feature a black finish

  4. Our top three picks for black tapware in the kitchen

  5. Our favourite kitchen mixer tap ranges

Bathroom and Kitchen Design Trends

Black taps feature in three particular trends in bathroom and kitchen design - marble, eco chic & monochromatic.

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1. The Marble Trend

Marble is a classic finish and it never goes out of style. Having said that, too much marble can make a space seem too traditional. More and more, we are seeing the interesting pairing of marble surfaces with black taps. Designers are choosing black taps reminiscent of the industrial era to stand against white marble walls or surfaces. Industrial taps have skinny piping, right angles and cross-handle faucets. The grunginess of these black industrial taps contrasts the opulence of white marble, making for a perfectly...


Matte Black Tapware

A profound kitchen or bathroom renovation can be completed in less than an hour. The trick is to make the small things bolder. I’m talking about small fittings like sink taps. And to go bold, one must go back to black. In this article we cover:

  1. Three key bathroom and kitchen design trends that feature black taps

  2. Three must have black bathroom taps

  3. Best selling bathroom taps to feature a black finish

  4. Our top three picks for black tapware in the kitchen

  5. Our favourite kitchen mixer tap ranges

Bathroom and Kitchen Design Trends

Black taps feature in three particular trends in bathroom and kitchen design - marble, eco chic & monochromatic.

rsz marble and black taps bathroom trend 2016

1. The Marble Trend

Marble is a classic finish and it never goes out of style. Having said that, too much marble can make a space seem too traditional. More and more, we are seeing the interesting pairing of marble surfaces with black taps. Designers are choosing black taps reminiscent of the industrial era to stand against white marble walls or surfaces. Industrial taps have skinny piping, right angles and cross-handle faucets. The grunginess of these black industrial taps contrasts the opulence of white marble, making for a perfectly balanced space!

rsz ecochic bathroom trend 2016

2. The Eco Chic Trend

The next trend is what I call the ‘ecochic trend’. This refers to the combination of warm wood and dark concrete. The ecochic trend is about using natural materials while still retaining a finished look. Too much wood can make a space feel too rustic and too much concrete can make a space feel unhomely. Combining the two creates balance. Black taps lend themselves well to the ecochic trend, especially if they are in a minimalistic shape. Again, it’s all about balance. A smooth black tap contrasts the grain of the wood while still complementing the smooth concrete.

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3. The Monochromatic Trend

Black sink taps fit perfectly into a monochromatic kitchen or bathroom. Design-wise, surfaces that are all black are sleek, modern and elegant. However, there are also practical benefits to going all black. For one, everything looks cleaner because no mess stands out. Opting for a black tap makes water residue invisible. You won’t notice any smudges - not even up close!

Our Top 3 Black Bathroom Taps

Below are the tap three beautiful black bathroom taps with sleek profiles that we have completely fallen in love with.

Phoenix Vivid Slimline Oval Shower / Wall Mixer Phoenix Vivid Slimline Oval Shower / Wall Mixer
For the bath or shower, the Phoenix Vivid Slimline Oval Shower / Wall Mixer in black is a standout. This black tap is a quiet achiever. It combines functionality and design elegance without being flashy. This means that it will remain an unchanging staple even if your bathroom design changes over time.
AstraWalker
For the bathroom sink, we like this industrial black tap from AstraWalker. You may want to consider this choice if your bathroom sink is directly opposite the bathroom door. A symmetrical black tap that spreads out horizontally can create a bold focal point on which the eyes can focus on. Most importantly, symmetry helps balance a room and helps create a sense of calm.
Black Phoenix Rush Basin Wall Set Black Phoenix Rush Basin Wall Set
If you’re after a modern choice, look no further than the Phoenix Rush Basin Wall Set in black. This elegant tap is most suited to a contemporary bathroom. It is sleek in design, with only two extensions. The gentle curves of the tap create a surface that reflects light subtly and beautifully.

Not found the perfect one? Here's more to choose from

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Black Kitchen Taps

Here are some gorgeous black kitchen taps we will never stop loving:

lack Linsol Aria Pull Down Sink Mixer Black Linsol Aria Pull Down Sink Mixer
Our favourite black tap for the kitchen is the Linsol Aria Pull Down Sink Mixer. First of all, this kitchen mixer tap comes with a pull out hose which is very handy for washing pots and pans. What’s more it has a WELS rating (water efficiency) of 6 stars, so it will help save you money in the long-term. And most of all, we love this black kitchen tap because of its shape. It would be the sculptural centrepiece of any kitchen!
Black Innova Nirvana Square Neck Mixer Black Innova Nirvana Square Neck Mixer
The Innova Nirvana Square Neck Mixer is another great option for the kitchen. The matte finish of this black mixer tap hides any soap or water residue. Ideally, you would pair this black mixer tap with a matte black kitchen sink. This creates a seamless flow from tap to sink, making it seem as if there was only one element.
Two Tone Gessi Emporio Kitchen Mixer Two Tone Gessi Emporio Kitchen Mixer
If you’re not yet bold enough to go all black, then consider the Gessi Emporio Kitchen Mixer in two tones for the kitchen. This is a stunning colour combination that will fit most kitchens already fitted with a stainless steel sink. As you can see, even a little bit of black goes a long way!

Plus more great kitchen mixer taps


Love everything matte black? You may be interested in our Matte Back Lamp Trends 2017 and Matte Black Door Hardware articles.


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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."