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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How interior design trends inspire stationery design

Trends can sneak up on you. All of a sudden there’s copper and marble everywhere or everyone is painting feature walls in the same shade. It seems to happen without warning but in reality trends tend to bleed across from one industry to another, so keeping an eye on trends outside your niche is crucial. In interior design, this can mean fabrics shown on runways in Milan starts to show up on home furnishings. Before too long, those same patterns and colours will show up on thank you cards from friends or on the front cover of a new notebook.

Most trends start in fashion, move to interior design, start showing up in weddings, and then move to mass-produced consumer goods. To stay on top of trends, it pays to keep an eye on the industries higher up the ‘chain’ of influence. This usually means everyone has an eye on the runways and the upcoming fashion designers, but also means stationery designers are watching interior designers closely.

Here are six examples of trends that have moved from interior design to the world of wedding stationery in recent years:

Example 1: Scandinavian Minimalism

Styles tend to move through industries rapidly. In the past five years, Scandinavian...


How interior design trends inspire stationery design

Trends can sneak up on you. All of a sudden there’s copper and marble everywhere or everyone is painting feature walls in the same shade. It seems to happen without warning but in reality trends tend to bleed across from one industry to another, so keeping an eye on trends outside your niche is crucial. In interior design, this can mean fabrics shown on runways in Milan starts to show up on home furnishings. Before too long, those same patterns and colours will show up on thank you cards from friends or on the front cover of a new notebook.

Most trends start in fashion, move to interior design, start showing up in weddings, and then move to mass-produced consumer goods. To stay on top of trends, it pays to keep an eye on the industries higher up the ‘chain’ of influence. This usually means everyone has an eye on the runways and the upcoming fashion designers, but also means stationery designers are watching interior designers closely.

Here are six examples of trends that have moved from interior design to the world of wedding stationery in recent years:

Example 1: Scandinavian Minimalism

Styles tend to move through industries rapidly. In the past five years, Scandinavian minimalism has been a clear example of this. Minimalism is all about clean lines, white space and monochrome, along with touches from nature often in the form of light, timber and greenery. Everything is boiled down to the essentials, those essentials are done to the best quality possible, and the relationship between each individual element is vital. This applies whether you’re looking at interiors or stationery. In homes, this is usually reflected in large windows, lots of white, and high quality pieces of furniture. In stationery, this often means a clean black ink design on a thick, premium white paper. Geometric letterpress accents are a common addition.

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Example 2: Monochrome with Pops of Colour

Monochrome is a classic shortcut to style, and often works in conjunction with the Scandinavian minimalist design trend. Keeping a space to simple black and white allows you to use a variety of patterns and textures while maintaining a cohesive look. Small pops of colour like coloured edging on a rug, green house plants, or honey-coloured timber furniture elements breaks up the ‘sameness’ of a monochrome room. A combination of large plain white, black or grey areas also ensures patterns don’t overwhelm a space. In invitations, patterns and monochrome design staples are often broken up with gold foil features.

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Example 3: Indoor Jungle

Houseplants have always been in and out of interior design fashion, but are in something of a glory day at present. Historically, only the most hardy plants could survive indoors, since many houses were dark and it wasn’t easy to track down information about keeping plants healthy. Our love affair with light is perfect for plants, the range of available plants has increased (hello, succulents!), and we have all the help we need easily accessible online. Today, ferns, succulents, cacti and fiddle leaf figs are in homes everywhere. While floral wedding invitations have always been popular, this revival of houseplants has led to botanical invites and green colours showing up everywhere. Pantone even chose the colour ‘Greenery’ as their Pantone Colour of the Year for 2017.

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Example 4: Pastels

Pastels have enjoyed several moments in the spotlight throughout history, from the Rococo period in 18th Century France to the Roaring Twenties in the United States. They enjoyed a revival in the 1980s and 1990s, and are back on the scene again now, thanks in part to millennial nostalgia. The 2016 Pantone Colours of the Year were a pastel pink (Rose Quartz) and a pastel blue (Serenity), marking this revival. In interiors, pastels are often paired with more vivid shades of the same colour. They go particularly well with french provincial style furniture and decor, since authentic French provincial furniture was often painted in pastel colours as well as light creams and ivories. In invitations, pastels are often combined with the watercolour trend, with backgrounds that look like sponged on paint, and different colours of pastel washed together.

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Example 5: Copper Everything

Copper has long been used in architecture, from roofing and sculpture work to wall cladding and even gutters and pipes, but copper has been trending in interior design for the last couple of years like never before in recent history. In 2015 the Dulux Colour of the Year was Copper Blush, a sort of copper and rose gold hybrid. Copper began to show up in feature wall cladding, light fittings, taps and other bathroom fittings, furniture, and small decorative home accessories (vases, photo frames, bowls). While interior designers are slowly moving on from copper, it continues to be in high demand in the wedding industry. Wedding invitations in this theme tend to feature copper foiled features or a copper coloured paper. Copper foiling has become more popular than gold foil or silver foil among many customers, thanks to the strength of the trend in other industries.

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Example 6: Millennial Pink

The group of colours dubbed ‘Millennial Pink’ is a subset of the craze for pastels. It first began to show up in 2012, and gained awareness (and its name) in mid-2016. There is no clear definition of what the precise colour is. In general, any blush pink colour that is fairly neutral, muted and androgynous is considered part of the trend. Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2016 was Rose Quartz, a colour that has been cited as an example of Millennial Pink. The colour has been popular in fashion, architecture and interior design, and has been rapidly moving into other industries. It is now a popular wedding invitation colour, showing up everywhere in 2017. Sometimes this means pink paper, other times pink ink or even pink foil features.

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These six examples demonstrate how trends filter from one industry to another until they are everywhere in the public consciousness. Whatever trends come next, they will inevitably follow the same path through various industries.


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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."