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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The Element 1200 Fireplace by Real Flame

While Australia may carry a reputation for having endless summers, filled with outdoor entertaining and barbecues, the harsh reality is that it actually gets pretty darn cold down under. Freezing in fact.

It’s not unusual for most of the states across our country to get down to below zero some nights during the Winter months. However, for some reason, we Aussies often struggle through these cold spells by rugging up and grinning and bearing it. It doesn't have to be this way!

A home should be warm, toasty and comfortable, especially when you go to bed at night and when you wake up in the morning. The key to achieving this is by heating up your home efficiently.

Cost Effective Home Heating

A common misconception is that heating costs a lot of money to run. In some instances it can, especially if the fireplace is old, however with today's modern, innovative technology there are fireplaces that can actually save you money. When it comes to choosing home heating, it’s important to find a balance between keeping cosy and not breaking the bank with expensive gas or bills.

Introducing the Element 1200 by Real Flame

The best way to save money on heating is to invest in a fireplace...


The Element 1200 Fireplace by Real Flame

While Australia may carry a reputation for having endless summers, filled with outdoor entertaining and barbecues, the harsh reality is that it actually gets pretty darn cold down under. Freezing in fact.

It’s not unusual for most of the states across our country to get down to below zero some nights during the Winter months. However, for some reason, we Aussies often struggle through these cold spells by rugging up and grinning and bearing it. It doesn't have to be this way!

A home should be warm, toasty and comfortable, especially when you go to bed at night and when you wake up in the morning. The key to achieving this is by heating up your home efficiently.

Cost Effective Home Heating

A common misconception is that heating costs a lot of money to run. In some instances it can, especially if the fireplace is old, however with today's modern, innovative technology there are fireplaces that can actually save you money. When it comes to choosing home heating, it’s important to find a balance between keeping cosy and not breaking the bank with expensive gas or bills.

Introducing the Element 1200 by Real Flame

The best way to save money on heating is to invest in a fireplace that has a 5 star energy efficient rating. The newly launched ‘Element 1200 by Real Flame is one of the most efficient fireplaces on the market.

Researched, conceived, designed, developed and 100% made in Australia, the Element 1200 is the only one of its kind in the country. After four years in development, Real Flame recently launched this fireplace at the HIA Home Show’s across Australia. The response they received from impressed and amazed homemakers was staggering.

Advantages of the Element 1200

New Power Balanced Flue Technology

Offering the latest in power balanced flue technology, the Element 1200 is the only double glazed fireplace on the market that can offer a 13.5 metre flue run with 4 bends. It provides total flexibility during installation which makes it the perfect fireplace solution for a high rise apartment or a two-2 story house that requires both horizontal and vertical fluing that can’t back onto an outside wall.

Along with its unique and innovative technology, one of the main reasons that this fireplace is so efficient is because it can project heat by to up to 110m2 which a sizeable area to be able to cover.

5 Star Energy Efficient Rating

Although an abundant resource, it seems natural gas has become a precious commodity due to high export demand. With gas prices in Australia set to sky rocket this year, the only way to avoid rising gas bills will be to introduce energy efficient products to the home.

Generally energy efficient fireplaces have a reputation for having a low flame pattern and much less powerful looking flame. Although the Element 1200 has a top level of efficiency, it doesn’t compromise on ambience. Real flame’s endless pursuit of developing a robust flame has come to fruition in the design of the Element 1200 burner which offers a stunning and generous flame pattern.

Ease of Installation

Another fantastic feature of Element 1200 is that it can be installed at the last minute which is great for new build homes. The Builders Trim design allows the fireplace to be easily installed just by adding the trim at the end of a new build or renovation.

Style & Aesthetics

The Element 1200 comes in three beautiful designs that are available in both black or stainless steel finishes; There is an 18mm Profile Trim which offers a clean, frameless look, a 50mm Trim which creates a gorgeous picture frame look and the Builders Trim Profile. Each lend themselves beautifully to any style of interior.

Why choose Real Flame?

Now in their 32nd year, Real Flame strives for excellence in fireplace design. With showrooms in every major city, their head office, an R&D department, training centre, manufacturing and warehousing are based in Melbourne.

As part of their vision to lead the market in high efficiency gas fire technology Real Flame will be releasing another ground breaking product this year, bringing the range of star rated fires to eight models.

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Element 1200 Fireplace by Real Flame


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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."