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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How To Plan A Bathroom

Are you looking for advice on planning a bathroom? You are definitely not alone! Many people would love to redecorate and revitalise their bathrooms, but they really aren’t sure where to turn. That’s why we’ve put together these tips on planning a bathroom, regardless of the bathroom size. After all, it doesn’t matter if your bathroom is luxurious or cosy. It still needs to perform — and do so in style.

When it comes to planning a new, or updating an old bathroom Nick at Swish Bathroom Solutions has been helping customers since 2006. So we made a bee-line to Nick and got plenty of advice and ideas when it comes to bathroom planning your new bathroom.

What’s the first step in planning a bathroom redesign or update?

Your first step is to look at the whole picture rather than considering isolated features. It’s crucial to have the overall bathroom size and bathroom design in mind so that space is managed thoughtfully and intelligently. The average Australian bathroom size is 2.7m x 1.8m and there tends to be two layouts that work best with this bathroom size – see the plan below.

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How To Plan A Bathroom

Are you looking for advice on planning a bathroom? You are definitely not alone! Many people would love to redecorate and revitalise their bathrooms, but they really aren’t sure where to turn. That’s why we’ve put together these tips on planning a bathroom, regardless of the bathroom size. After all, it doesn’t matter if your bathroom is luxurious or cosy. It still needs to perform — and do so in style.

When it comes to planning a new, or updating an old bathroom Nick at Swish Bathroom Solutions has been helping customers since 2006. So we made a bee-line to Nick and got plenty of advice and ideas when it comes to bathroom planning your new bathroom.

What’s the first step in planning a bathroom redesign or update?

Your first step is to look at the whole picture rather than considering isolated features. It’s crucial to have the overall bathroom size and bathroom design in mind so that space is managed thoughtfully and intelligently. The average Australian bathroom size is 2.7m x 1.8m and there tends to be two layouts that work best with this bathroom size – see the plan below.

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The above illustration captures the layout of the two most common bathroom size and bathroom plans for Australian homes.

These are the most common bathroom size and bathroom layouts because they are the ones that work best to this space. If you have an average size bathroom then we’d recommend you consider these layouts. This won’t stifle creativity – it just affords you the best level of function for the space you have. There will be plenty of creativity to come when choosing tiles, finishes, and colours.

Don’t forget, too, that depending on your budget, you may be able to increase the overall width and length of your bathroom through interior construction. For instance, if you can extend one of the walls, you may be able to increase the bathroom size. Some people like to take this into consideration, especially if the space seems particularly cramped.

The ultimate bathroom update checklist

Most companies selling bathroom products offer a complimentary bathroom design consultation to start the conversation about how to plan a bathroom. This is an awesome service for anyone who has been considering upgrading their bathroom. So that would definitely be our recommended first step, followed by working through a checklist that considers:

  • Bathroom Dimensions
  • Plumbing Location
  • Budge
  • Height of Tiling
  • Bathroom Lighting

Dimensions:The bathroom size will be incredibly important. If you’re having trouble getting accurate measurements, pay someone to do it for you. It can be difficult to measure the space yourself if you have a strangely-shaped bathroom, such as one that’s in an L-configuration.

Plumbing: If budget allows then you can re-plumb the space if needs be. What is your flooring made from? If it’s timber then there shouldn’t be too much hassle. If however, it’s concrete then you’ve got some more considerations and challenges to re-position plumbing, but it’s do-able. If budget is tight then the current plumbing layout will dictate your bathroom layout.

Budget: The “B” word is one you should keep in mind. It’s fine to look over all the tips for planning a bathroom, but it’s important to know they all may not fit your financial limitations. Still, you can often do imaginative things during a bathroom redesign you never realized were possibilities — while staying on budget. Achieving those thought requires planning, and some great expert advice.

Height of tiling: Some owners like to tile their walls right up to the ceiling, whilst others prefer to see some paint. This is something to have clear fairly early on in the piece, as it will have a fairly large budget impact. So knowing this early will help with the rest of your planning.

Bathroom Lighting: Because any electrical connections need to be allowed for very early in your bathroom renovation process, its really important that you think about lighting and power points in your new bathroom well before any tradies arrive on site. We’ve got some tips below for what you need to consider in your lighting design.

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Bathroom Renovation Planning FAQs

There are some questions that come up time and time again when people are planning new bathrooms or updates to old ones. They are:

  1. Where should my main focus – and budget – lie?
  2. Freestanding baths are so popular – should I go down this path?
  3. Where does the toilet go?
  4. What should my bathroom lighting plan look like?
  5. What products tiles, tap, toilet etc should I choose?
  6. What’s the best advice you can give someone about to undertake a bathroom sprucing-up?

Where should my main focus – and budget – lie?

We like to go back to what the bathroom is being used for, and that’s ultimately to clean and to prepare. This means there are two focal points to any bathroom – the shower area, and the bathroom vanity. If this appeals to your idea of the best bathroom for you, then our advice would be to find the biggest and most practical shower and bathroom vanity you can! Just be mindful, that you have to ensure you have bench space left to work with.

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Again, a balance of aesthetics and practicality is essential. Maybe you want a seat in the shower? Maybe you want two sinks and two separate cabinets for the vanity, or you’re after extra-large sinks? Go to town!

Freestanding baths are so popular – should I go down this path?

If your bathroom is the average Australian size, we’d recommend you avoid a freestanding bath. It just eats up way too much of your space and it becomes a real hassle to clean and move around. If space is not an issue and if you really love the free-standing baths, and your budget allows, then absolutely! There’s nothing stopping you!

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Where does the toilet go?

If at all possible, keep the toilet entirely separate to the bathroom. Out of all the new bathroom builds and renos that come to us, not even one per cent want a toilet in the bathroom. I think that’s indicative of the population. There are some sensational options now in terms of powder room sinks and tap wear that can really work well in small spaces.

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How to do I plan lighting in my bathroom?

As with any room design, the amount of space dictates what form of lighting is possible for an individual bathroom. But for a bathroom to be functional it should have: Task Lighting, generally around the mirrors and vanity; Ambient Lighting, which is lighting for the whole space. Then there is Accent Lighting, which are recessed or standard spotlights used to create focal points and of course Natural Light through the use of a window or skylight.

A combination of a few or all of these types of lighting needs to be considered when designing a bathroom layout. It is best to focus on your lighting plan once you have confirmed the layout of your bathroom, this will make deciding which type of Lighting you will need much easier. Remember that you really need good lighting in a bathroom, especially around the mirror and basin areas where you’ll be applying makeup, shaving, teeth cleaning etc. This means you’ll need to think about light coming from both above and in front to avoid shadowing.

To increase luminescence in your bathroom we suggest using light coloured tiles and paint as well as smooth textures as these are less likely to absorb light whilst also helping to reflect and project the light throughout your bathroom. For more information on bathroom lighting design tips, read our comprehensive article.

What products should I choose?

Once you’ve got you layout 100% locked in, then the fun really starts and you can start choosing your products for your new bathroom fit-out. Unless there is a really special piece that you want to work into the design, its often easier to leave this stage of your bathroom renovation planning until you’ve got the floor plan all sorted.

Tiles There are literally hundreds of bathroom tiles to choose from and as such, there are many considerations you'll need to think about. Do you want ceramic bathroom tiles, mosaic tiles, natural tiles made from marble, granite or slate? Do you want neutral coloured bathroom tiles or a bright pop of colour? Think about whether the bathroom tiles will be used on the floor, walls or as a splash back as this will determine if they need to have a non-slip finish. Also, what tile size will suit your bathroom space? Larger format tiles mean less grout to clean, but they are also more challenging to lay. When you are thinking about tiles, its worthwhile considering whether you are going to have a tiled shower base or moulded pre-fabricated one.

Splashbacks Bathroom splashbacks should be low maintenance and shield your bathroom walls from water splashes, just as a kitchen splashback does. The good news is that even though they serve a purpose, that doesn't mean you need to compromise on the look! There are some terrific options on the market ranging from acrylic, glass, mirror, tiles, engineered and natural stone, stainless steel…the list goes on.

Which Vanity to Choose? Do you need a drop-in basin, an under bench or countertop basin, wall mounted or pedestal? It’s important to consider your overall bathroom design and select what basin will provide you with the best solution, both aesthetically and functionally.

Selecting The Best Tapware It may not be obvious as first, but selecting the best taps and spouts for your bathroom is key to achieving a finished look. Moreover, from a functional aspect the wrong selection of bathroom taps and spouts can be very problematic. Taps and spouts come in a variety of materials but this is usually only considered for aesthetic purposes as it really should not affect the functionality.

Function and Style With Showers When selecting a shower, and in turn shower accessories, think about the space you have available and how you want your bathroom to function. Once you’ve decided whether you are going to have a tiled shower base or a moulded one, this will help narrow your selection of shower screens. When it comes to shower heads, again think about functionality. Will a shower rose suffice or do you require a hand held shower and hose.

Finishing Your Bathroom With Accessories Of course your beautiful new bathroom should be gorgeous to look at, but it should also function really well, and often its the finishing accessories that make the difference. So make sure that you've got enough bathroom hooks, towel rails, mirrors and storage in your plan.

What’s the best advice you can give someone about to undertake a bathroom sprucing-up?

Take time to think about it. Let the ideas sit with you for a while. Listen to the experts; they’re not telling you what they want – they’re never going to use your bathroom. They’re sharing their expertise with you because they want you to be 100% over the moon with your bathroom.

Thanks again Nick for your time and sharing this valuable information on how to plan a bathroom renovation.


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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."