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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Introducing the Nara Collection by Phoenix

Creating a Bathroom Sanctuary

The evolution of bathroom design has come a very long way in a relatively short space of time. From humble beginnings as a purely practical space dedicated to washing, today’s modern bathroom has become more like a personal sanctuary that we turn to for restoration and renewal.

So what is it about the bathroom that evokes a sense of peace and calm? It may not be obvious but the sound of running water plays a huge in part in soothing the brain and promoting feelings of happiness and well-being.

The Nara by Phoenix Tapware

When it comes to bringing that spa like quality to your bathroom, no sanctuary can be complete without the new Nara Tapware range by Phoenix. Offering the ultimate in indulgence and relaxation, the Nara’s award winning design is characterised by a natural, organic profile.

It’s elegantly crafted open spout outlet lets out a gentle free-flowing movement of water into the basin or bath, creating an effect akin to a babbling brook or creek bed. The smooth and rounded contour of the chrome handle descends into the body of its housing mixer, creating a beautiful form that will work well in many bathroom settings.

“The Nara’s chrome...


Introducing the Nara Collection by Phoenix

Creating a Bathroom Sanctuary

The evolution of bathroom design has come a very long way in a relatively short space of time. From humble beginnings as a purely practical space dedicated to washing, today’s modern bathroom has become more like a personal sanctuary that we turn to for restoration and renewal.

So what is it about the bathroom that evokes a sense of peace and calm? It may not be obvious but the sound of running water plays a huge in part in soothing the brain and promoting feelings of happiness and well-being.

The Nara by Phoenix Tapware

When it comes to bringing that spa like quality to your bathroom, no sanctuary can be complete without the new Nara Tapware range by Phoenix. Offering the ultimate in indulgence and relaxation, the Nara’s award winning design is characterised by a natural, organic profile.

It’s elegantly crafted open spout outlet lets out a gentle free-flowing movement of water into the basin or bath, creating an effect akin to a babbling brook or creek bed. The smooth and rounded contour of the chrome handle descends into the body of its housing mixer, creating a beautiful form that will work well in many bathroom settings.

“The Nara’s chrome finish permits the water to sparkle and shine, even until the last drop of water slides off mixer, it glisten’s in the light. Capturing this level of attention to detail was extremely important in the design of the Nara.’’ John Hoogendorn | Head of Research & Development, Phoenix.

Even since ancient times, humans have regarded water as an important element associated with healing properties that were vital creating balance and harmony within the body. As a notion that remains deeply etched into our psyche, it’s not surprising that we choose to create a Zen like atmosphere in our bathrooms today.

Phoenix Nara Basin Mixer

Unique Innovation & Technology

Pivot Glide Technology®

Combining form with function, the Nara not only captures the essence of Zen in its design, it also incorporates two brand new technologies that are exclusive to Phoenix. The new Pivot Glide Technology® allows the handle to fall into the body of each mixer, giving Nara its fluid form and minimalist style.

Vary-Flo Technology®

This collection is also the first to feature Phoenix’s new Vary-Flo Technology®, a component unique to Nara that allows for easily adjustable water flow projection on installation. As water pressure can vary depending on location, some homes will receive a lot of pressure to the mains. This can cause water to start shooting over a basin when using other mixer taps, however, the Vary-Flo® technology in the Nara prevents this from occurring, along with any unwanted splashes over the vanity.

“The Nara reveals a simple, paired back design. However, in order to achieve its minimal look on the outside, a lot of consideration and innovation goes into the technology on the inside. The function of Phoenix’s tapware is very complex in order to convey a sense of surprise. They combine unique cutting edge technology that people haven’t seen before but with an approachable design that our customers love”. - Daniel Moore | Online Manager, The Bathroom Biz

Why Choose Phoenix?

The development of Nara is testament to Phoenix Tapware’s passion for design and their commitment to innovation. Winner of two awards, the Nara collection has been recognised internationally for its design, function, and aesthetics. With 28 years of expert knowledge and wealth of experience under their belt, Phoenix are certainly a brand you can trust and rely on for quality and longevity.

By focusing on attention to detail in the design, usability and functionality of the Nara, Phoenix have created a unique tapware collection that brings a restrained softness and considered Zen feeling to the bathroom.

Where to Buy Nara Tapware

You can find the Nara range from our retailer The Bathroom Biz.


We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products, then be sure and check out our Bathroom 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."