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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Dining Table Buyers Guide

The Dining room acts as one of the main focal points of a home that often becomes a social hub at meal times.

It’s a place to spend some of the most important times in your life with loved ones; celebrating special occasions, holidays and more importantly – quality time together. As such a dining table needs to not only be stylish, but also hard wearing. It should be made from good quality materials, built well and long lasting.

If you are thinking about buying a new dining table but you’re not sure where to start, the process may be a lot less complicated than you think.

We have compiled a comprehensive guide to assist you in understanding what to look for when researching tables so you can make the right choice. Our guide takes you through some simple steps and lists what to consider (such as measurements, style, space, and the size of your family), along with an overview of the different types and most popular styles. Purchasing a new dining table for your family home has never been easier with our handy hints below.

  • Measure Your Dining Area

  • Determine What Space You Have

  • Always Check for Faults

  • Consider the Materials and Finishes

  • Buy for Your Style

Measure Your Dining...


Dining Table Buyers Guide

The Dining room acts as one of the main focal points of a home that often becomes a social hub at meal times.

It’s a place to spend some of the most important times in your life with loved ones; celebrating special occasions, holidays and more importantly – quality time together. As such a dining table needs to not only be stylish, but also hard wearing. It should be made from good quality materials, built well and long lasting.

If you are thinking about buying a new dining table but you’re not sure where to start, the process may be a lot less complicated than you think.

We have compiled a comprehensive guide to assist you in understanding what to look for when researching tables so you can make the right choice. Our guide takes you through some simple steps and lists what to consider (such as measurements, style, space, and the size of your family), along with an overview of the different types and most popular styles. Purchasing a new dining table for your family home has never been easier with our handy hints below.

  • Measure Your Dining Area

  • Determine What Space You Have

  • Always Check for Faults

  • Consider the Materials and Finishes

  • Buy for Your Style

Measure Your Dining Area

As is the case whenever you buy larger sized furniture, make sure you measure your room like a pro. It may seem like a chore, but it's an essential part of the process that will also assist you to determine exactly what size table will best fit your space.

Step 1: Start by measuring the size or the area you have available with a tape measure. Measure the width and length of the space you intend to put your table, and tape off the measurements on your floor with masking tape to give you a better idea of what the room will look like with a table in-situ.

Step 2: Next, measure the clearance from the edge of the table to the wall. You will require a minimum clearance of 760mm of space to allow enough room to pass by. don’t want to be cramped in your new dining room!

Determine What Space You Have

After measuring and marking off your soon-to-be table space you’ll have a better idea of what type of table you should be considering for you room. Larger or traditional dining areas can usually afford to have a longer, horizontal shaped dining table whereas smaller eating areas do better with rounded four seater tables. For middle of the road spaces, try using a drop-leaf or extendable table which you can make larger or smaller depending on your amount of guests.

Always Check for Faults

As always when buying a new piece of furniture, you’ll want to do a thorough check on the piece to make sure there are no cracks, wobbly legs, scratches, chips, or missing pieces. Be sure to check the legs on the chairs if your dining selection comes in a set.

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Consider the Materials and Finishes

"Wood is very traditional and classic but glass can work well in many different living rooms, and gives off a lightness because of its reflective surface, where as wood may feel heavy. Marble can feel like a dining room show stopper and can be exactly what your dining room needs. It's just important to keep an open mind!" - Lauren Fleming, American Freight Furniture

The materials and finishes for your table will vary depending on your family. If you are a couple, you can have your pick, however, if you have a family of small children you will require something that's easily wipe-able that won't scratch or stain easily.

Marble

Marble looks beautiful but is porous and can easily stain or discolour from heat. It would need to be sealed and protected with placemats. Not a suitable for a family with small children, but great for a couple.

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Wood

When it comes to wood opt for hardwood such as oak, walnut, maple, teak or mahogany. Woods do need to be sealed and can split of not cared for properly. However, if looked after they will last a long time. Wood can also be sanded and re-sealed for a whole new lease of life. If opting for choose a timber that contrasts to your floor.

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Veneer

Be mindful that veneer has the appearance of solid wood but consists of a layer applied to a composite board such as MDF. If an veneer scratches, depending how thick the layer is, you may be able to see the composite wood below and there is no fix for this. So not the best option for growing families but great for couples on a budget.

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MDF

(Medium Density Fiberboard) is made from a mix of hard and soft wood chip particles that have been compressed. It is reasonably heard-wearing but not as strong as hardwood. The advantage is however, that MDF won't contract or expand like natural wood can. They are usually finished with a laminate which is easy to clean but like veneer can scratch over time.

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Glass

A glass dining table must be made of tempered safety glass so that if it breaks it doesn't shatter and will be less likely to scratch. It's important to not glass edges can be quite sharp so having a beveled edge can help to reduce this, better still a round or oval shape would be a safer option. As glass is reflective it can be a good option for darker space that need to appear a little brighter.

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Buy for Your Style

Having an eclectic taste is great if you feel confident on how to blend styles together. However, if in doubt it's best to choose a dining table that works back with your style of home and compliments the rest of your decor.

It may feel difficult to choose a style to match with your current décor at first, especially if you are working within an eat-in-kitchen, but rest assured with so many different designs available on the market, finding the right dining table is easy once you have a basic understanding of the different styles.

There are so many unique styles to choose from including but not limited to;

  • Classic

  • Contemporary

  • Traditional

  • Mid-Century Modern

  • Scandinavian

  • Industrial

  • French Provincial

  • Hampton's Style

There are some simple rules for decorating when it comes to choosing your table style, just keep an eye out for the characteristics that match your look. Below we highlight the elements of some of the most popular styles.

Scandinavian Style

If you are styling a Scandinavian dining area, choose pieces that simple and sleek. This style tends to 'borrow' from the Mid-century Modern look, however, in the form of white or blonde timbers only.

Mid Century Modern Style

This style combines traditional materials, such as wood, with non-traditional materials such as metal, glass, vinyl, plywood or Plexiglass in a vast range of color, ranging from a neutral palette to bold, and a graphic use of black and white.

Industrial Style

This highly functional and hard-wearing style has a very raw, utilitarian feel. It showcases vintage, recycled looking objects in neutral tones with timber and metal surfaces.

French Provincial

A look that stems from the picturesque quaint farmhouses and fragrant lavender fields of France, the characteristics of this style is somewhat rustic and practical but is blended with a refined elegance such as Baroque elements. Think 'distressed', light coloured or painted white timber with carved wood legs and shapely lines.

Hampton's Style

The Hampton's Style has risen from the popular coastal area of Long Island, New York. This style is timeless; encompassing a 'classy', 'beachy' vibe with a relaxed neutral palette.

Hampton's style shows some similarities to French Provincial but is less ornate and delicate. Think heavy solid oaks or wicker or cane that reflects a more coastal vibe.


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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."