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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What is Hygge Living?

You may have heard that the Danes are among the happiest people on earth.

It seems hard to believe that a country that is subject to freezing cold temperatures, a limited amount of daylight and paying one of the highest tax rates in the world, can remain so upbeat. This great sense of happiness could have something to do with the way Danes perceive life, and their deep appreciation for the concept of ‘Hygge’.

What is Hygge

Pronounced Hyoo-guh, Hygge isn’t something that can be directly translated into English. Hygge is more of a feeling, an experience and an atmosphere all rolled into one.

Hygge is basically a heart warming way to live a life filled with love, happiness, wellbeing, simplicity, laughter. It’s like a cosiness for the soul.

To Hygge is to not sweat the small stuff and to not get bogged down by life’s pressures, but to focus on living well and living simply with an appreciation for what you have, and most importantly spending quality time with the people in your life that matter the most.

English words that imply Hygge

  • Togetherness
  • Hominess
  • Coziness
  • Simplicity
  • Love
  • Indulging
  • Sharing
  • Caring

As mentioned above, Hygge isn’t just a word, it’s something that...


What is Hygge Living?

You may have heard that the Danes are among the happiest people on earth.

It seems hard to believe that a country that is subject to freezing cold temperatures, a limited amount of daylight and paying one of the highest tax rates in the world, can remain so upbeat. This great sense of happiness could have something to do with the way Danes perceive life, and their deep appreciation for the concept of ‘Hygge’.

What is Hygge

Pronounced Hyoo-guh, Hygge isn’t something that can be directly translated into English. Hygge is more of a feeling, an experience and an atmosphere all rolled into one.

Hygge is basically a heart warming way to live a life filled with love, happiness, wellbeing, simplicity, laughter. It’s like a cosiness for the soul.

To Hygge is to not sweat the small stuff and to not get bogged down by life’s pressures, but to focus on living well and living simply with an appreciation for what you have, and most importantly spending quality time with the people in your life that matter the most.

English words that imply Hygge

  • Togetherness
  • Hominess
  • Coziness
  • Simplicity
  • Love
  • Indulging
  • Sharing
  • Caring

As mentioned above, Hygge isn’t just a word, it’s something that has to be experienced and appeal to all of the senses. You can hear Hygge, you can see it, you can feel it, you can smell it and you can even sense it! Below we take you through some of the beautiful ways that Hygge can be experienced.

The Sounds of Hygge

All the sounds that instill a sense of peace and calm belong to Hygge. It's those sounds that make you feel cozy and safe when snuggled up indoors; picture a crackling open fire, fat rain drops landing on the roof, a thunderstorm or a howling wind. At home, the sound of Hygge also includes your favourite music.

Then there's the familiar sounds associated with exploring the great outdoors; a bird chirping, leaves crunching underfoot, a twig snapping, or a sweeping breeze rustling through the tree tops - all of the noises made by nature can be considered Hygge.

The Tastes of Hygge

To taste Hygge is to indulge in life’s little pleasures but with simple, wholesome meals. Dishes are hearty or sweetened but not overcomplicated or fancy. A delectable blend of sweet and savoury goodness come together to create the ultimate comfort food. Think slow cooked casseroles, baked cake, light fluffy pastries, dark chocolate, drizzled honey, orange zest, a glass of red wine or even warm mulled wine are common taste bud teasers.

The Smells of Hygge

There are many delicious scents of Hygge. Think sugar & spice and all thing nice. It’s the fragrance of freshly baked goods, simmering stews, steaming hot chocolate, freshly brewed coffee and sweet melting marshmallows with a dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s also the smell of burning wood embers, the earthy smells of damp grass after the rain and crisp clean air.

The Feeling of Hygge

Hygge really is more of a feeling than a thing. Well-being best describes the sensation of Hygge. It’s a sense of every day togetherness, feeling safe and secure in your surroundings and being comfortable with the people around you. Warmth, contentment and familiarity are all words associated with Hygge.

To touch Hygge physically from a tactile perspective, it’s all about the layering of lusciously soft textures. Warm, chunky knit cushions, knitted throws, fur hides (such as reindeer or sheepskin) and fluffy woollen rugs are all part of a Hygge recipe.  

What does Hygge look like?

Hygge looks like all of your favourite things, favourite people, favourite food. A casual, cosy somewhat rustic setting that embraces organic, raw, natural textures. Think of a comfortable soft and cuddly setting with warm mood lighting and a roaring fireplace, or it can be a sunny, crisp morning when the natural light streaming in through the window illuminates the house perfectly.

To live the Hygge way is to live life well with a real appreciation for the simple things. It’s about allowing yourself to relax, indulge, experience happiness with loved ones, and most importantly to remember the best things in life are free.

To learn more about Hygge visit our A-Z list of getting Hygge.


The team at House of Home would like to thank our sponsor Mitchelton Wines. Many thanks also to Oblica Fireplaces for the use of their stunning showroom and the following companies whose beautiful products feature in our photo shoot.

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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."