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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Best Couches to Buy for Your Home

Purchasing a new sofa is a big decision and can be a big investment; being one of the most used items of furniture in the home it’s important to achieve a balance between form, function and of course budget.

Our extensive couch buying guide has all the information you need to help you purchase your perfect sofa. We'll cover:

  • Out 5 step guide to buying a sofa
  • What you should look for when buying a sofa
  • The different types of sofas
  • The different styles of sofas
  • Our selection of sofas under $1000, $1500, and $2000
  • Our selection of sofas between $2000 - $3000 and between $3000 - $5000

A sofa needs to look great, feel comfortable and be built to last.

No matter what your budget or your style is, the purchase of a good quality couch is one of the biggest, best and most important purchases you can make for your home.

It’s always a delicate balance between:

  • Staying within your budget and getting the best possible quality couch you can afford.
  • Buying a style that you absolutely love right now, and one that will also continue to look great for many years to come.
  • Choosing the right colour
  • Getting the comfort factor right – is it a couch for sitting in? Does it need to be long...

Best Couches to Buy for Your Home

Purchasing a new sofa is a big decision and can be a big investment; being one of the most used items of furniture in the home it’s important to achieve a balance between form, function and of course budget.

Our extensive couch buying guide has all the information you need to help you purchase your perfect sofa. We'll cover:

  • Out 5 step guide to buying a sofa
  • What you should look for when buying a sofa
  • The different types of sofas
  • The different styles of sofas
  • Our selection of sofas under $1000, $1500, and $2000
  • Our selection of sofas between $2000 - $3000 and between $3000 - $5000

A sofa needs to look great, feel comfortable and be built to last.

No matter what your budget or your style is, the purchase of a good quality couch is one of the biggest, best and most important purchases you can make for your home.

It’s always a delicate balance between:

  • Staying within your budget and getting the best possible quality couch you can afford.
  • Buying a style that you absolutely love right now, and one that will also continue to look great for many years to come.
  • Choosing the right colour
  • Getting the comfort factor right – is it a couch for sitting in? Does it need to be long enough for you to stretch out fully? Or is it about having enough seat depth that you can comfortably curl up in the corner?

There’s no right or wrong answer – buying a couch is a very personal decision. We’ve pulled together this handy guide on things to consider when you are buying a couch so that you can get the one best suited to you and your home, plus our picks of some of the best couches on the market, by price point.

Couch Buying Guide

Before you head out to the shops we suggest doing a little bit of prep work.

  • STEP 1 - The first step in buying a new sofa is to determine its primary function. Sometimes a sofa that looks good may not offer the level of comfort required for chillaxing in on weekends. On the other hand, a sofa that is purely for show in a formal living room won’t need to be as hard wearing as one that it’s used frequently.

  • STEP 2 - Next, grab the tape measure and take down the dimensions of your current couch. Knowing the size of your current lounge will help a lot when you are in store looking at new couches.

  • STEP 3 - If you are thinking of getting a bigger couch, it might be worthwhile marking out the dimensions of the couch you are considering on the floor of your room. That way you can make sure that your other furniture still fits and that there is room to move freely around.

  • STEP 4 - Choosing colour and design is a personal decision and there are so many variations to choose from! See below for our quick guide to some of the couch styles which are currently popular.

  • STEP 5 - And of course you need to work out your budget. If you are not sure of what is driving the price differences between different couches, then don't stress - we’ve done some of the research for you.

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What to Look for When Buying a Sofa

Warranty A good quality sofa should come with a 10 year warranty
Frames Look for frames that are built to last. Ideally they should be constructed of a hard wood such as Oak or Pine. If the frame is MDF or plywood it is more likely to crack over time.
Springs Springs should sit closely together and be firm and able to bounce back. If a sofa only has webbing it can feel uncomfortable and won’t have longevity.
There are 2 main types of spring types to look out for that will affect the price.
Eight-way hand tied spring coils: Considered to be the better product as it’s more robust, the coils are positioned close together, hand tied to each other and attached to webbing for extra support and to prevent shifting.
Sinuous (“S”) Springs: Sit together in rows of snaking that run from the front to the back of the sofa. S' springs are still a good option as they are supportive but it’s important a heavy weight metal is used to prevent any sagging.
Webbing A good quality webbing is called ‘Black Cat’ – it’s made from the material as a car seat belt. Webbing helps to support the seat cushions to prevent them from sagging. Black Cat carries a 10 year warranty and is an absolute must.
Cushioning There are a few options for seat cushioning depending on the look and feel that you want. Most good quality seat cushions are made from high density foam. The foam can then be wrapped with Dacron for added softness which will help to hold the shape of the seat. Another option is to wrap the foam with feather to give the sofa a softer, more casual, lived-in feel.
Upholstery There are literally thousands of options but it is important to look for a fabric that has a minimum of 40,000 rubs on the Martindale rub test. The Martindale test results are used to check fabrics for their durability and abrasion performance. 40,000 is considered suitable for residential applications.

Types of Sofas:

Depending on how the size of your space is or how many people you need to seat, you can choose from several different types of sofas.

Modular Lounge

A modular sofa consists of separate components that are interchangeable and can be positioned in different configurations. Also referred to as a 'sectional' sofa, a modular provides maximum flexibility as it can be taken apart and placed around the room if required.

Another great advantage of a modular is that is provides ample space to stretch out and take a nap on, and while they are suited to spacious, modern living areas, they also work well in a smaller living space. This is because having one seamless piece of furniture helps to create the illusion of space rather trying to squeeze sofa and arm chair or two sofas into a room that can't quite accommodate them.

Discover more Modular Sofas

Three Seater Sofa

A sofa acts as a focal point for a living area. A three-seater is one of the most popular sized sofas as it provides ample room for sitting comfortably with family or friends. Sizes can vary but a general approximate size would 2400 long x 100mm deep.

Discover more 3 Seater Sofas.

Two Seater Sofa or Love Seat

A two-seater is a nice compact option, perfect for living rooms of a smaller scale. Designed for two people, the small proportions offer the flexibility to incorporate an arm chair or ottoman in a smaller space such as a sitting area, or can be used in a larger area as part of set. Again sizes can vary but a general size would 1600 long x 950mm deep.

Discover more 2 Seater Sofas.

Sofa Bed

A sofa bed offers the flexibility of being able to double as a guest bed. A great option for an office / guest room or for apartment living.

Discover more Sofa Beds.

Outdoor Sofa

Why should indoor sofas get all the attention? Creating a beautiful, comfortable outdoor living space holds just as much importance as the inside of a home. Blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces has become the way of the future and helps to creating a feeling of of having more livable space.

Discover more Outdoor Sofas.

Couch Style Guide

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Chesterfields

The evergreen Chesterfield is a traditional design featuring curved arms and a button studded back. This time the Chesterfield has been re-interpreted in luscious velvets – look out for rich colours like charcoal grey, navy blue and deep greens from forest to teal.

Modular or Sectional Couches

Where both the Mid-Century and Chesterfield couch designs are stand alone pieces of furniture, a modular or sectional lounge is multiple pieces fitted together. Often including a chaise section, the modular lounge is a comfortable, flexible option.

Mid-Century Modern

Mid Century Modern, Danish or Scandinavian are all terms used to refer to the design style made popular in the 1950’s and 60’s that is experiencing a resurgence. Mid-Century Couches are distinguished by their low backs, and relatively low seat heights. They are not overly padded, and often sit on gently tapered wooden legs given them the appearance of being very light in a space.

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The Ultimate Test is Comfort

The most important piece of advice we can give when it comes to buying a couch is – take your time. When you find a couch you like the look of, sit on it. And not just for one minute. Sit for 5 or 10 minutes – is your back comfortable? Is it the right height and depth for you?

Most people keep their couches for a long time, so taking the time to make sure you are going to love sitting on your new couch is worth it.

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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."