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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Treating Your Home as an Investment

It has been well documented that property prices in Australia, as well as many other parts of the world, have been steadily rising for a number of years. In Sydney, the average property price rose by an enormous 20% in only 12 months, showing just how rapid the spikes can be.

Whilst this is not the case for every city in Australia, it shows just how valuable property can be as an investment, especially if the current trend continues in terms of rising property value. Here is some information on treating your home as an investment.

Rising Value

The rising value of homes is definitely good news for those who bought their property before prices began to soar. There is clearly high demand for properties in the major cities, which are likely to see the largest levels of price growth over the coming years.

This has led many people to hold onto their homes rather than sell them, and there will no doubt be many investors waiting to buy property as cheaply as possible when the opportunity arises. It is right to be cautious, though, as wages have only grown by 13.2% over a five year period, potentially signalling that property may be becoming unaffordable for many.

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Treating Your Home as an Investment

It has been well documented that property prices in Australia, as well as many other parts of the world, have been steadily rising for a number of years. In Sydney, the average property price rose by an enormous 20% in only 12 months, showing just how rapid the spikes can be.

Whilst this is not the case for every city in Australia, it shows just how valuable property can be as an investment, especially if the current trend continues in terms of rising property value. Here is some information on treating your home as an investment.

Rising Value

The rising value of homes is definitely good news for those who bought their property before prices began to soar. There is clearly high demand for properties in the major cities, which are likely to see the largest levels of price growth over the coming years.

This has led many people to hold onto their homes rather than sell them, and there will no doubt be many investors waiting to buy property as cheaply as possible when the opportunity arises. It is right to be cautious, though, as wages have only grown by 13.2% over a five year period, potentially signalling that property may be becoming unaffordable for many.

An Investment

Even if prices do eventually stabilise or even begin to fall in the short term, property is still likely to be an excellent long term investment, since the growing population will always be looking for quality homes to live in. Anyone who owns a home should treat it as a long term investment, keeping it in good condition to ensure it remains liquid.

Other forms of investment, such as trading forex, can often be far more unreliable and volatile then the property market, and very few global markets have the same long term profit margins which are seen in the property market today.

Adding Value

Any investment should be well nurtured, and property is no different. The only difference is that you will be living inside your investment. Maintaining your home; keeping the décor fresh and new, taking care of the essential structure and beautifying the external appearance all serve to increase the standard of living and to add value to your property which could prove to be lucrative further down the road.

Extensions are always a good method of increasing value, as well as upgrading the systems of the house. All the money you spend on renovations and additions will be returned if or when you sell the house on, whilst increasing the overall value of the house. As such, investing in your home can really pay dividends in the long run.

Selling

The time will eventually come to sell, and hopefully you will make a tidy profit having ensured your house is in excellent condition. To determine when to sell your house, you should keep an eye on the property market and keep an eye out for slumps in value and demand.

To determine a price, you should look at similar properties for sale in your area and see how much they are going for. There is plenty of really useful information on how to go about selling your house, so do plenty or research and consider everything which will add to the value of your home to maximise your profit.

In the current economic climate, treating your home as an investment is a necessity, as it is likely to be one of your most valuable assets. Considering the rate of appreciation in the property market, it is well worth taking the time and effort to add value to your home, as this will greatly increase the profit you make when it comes to selling.


We hope you found this article helpful. Thank you to Luke Hatkinson-Ken for writing this guest blog post.


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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."