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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5 Tips For A Sparkling Bathroom

The last thing anyone wants to do on their weekend is clean the bathroom. Well, we’ve come up with some tips and design ideas that will practically create a bathroom that cleans itself (well almost!).

So make your bathroom sparkle this spring with these helpful design ideas and tips!

1. Reduce your grout

No one likes scrubbing grout lines between tiles. The best way to reduce your bathroom cleaning time is by removing grout from wet areas. This will help limit the amount of mold build up and, in turn reduce time consuming scrubbing. Your best grout replacement options are solid stone slabs, back-painted glass, and mildew resistant paints. If you prefer tiles in your shower area then you can limit the size and amount of grout lines by choosing large format tiles. Then, you can focus on using smaller tiles still in the bathrrom but not in the areas whenre daily contact with water happens. Dark grout is also a great option for those who wish to scrub there tiles every other week, rather than weekly, given they can mask build up of grime.

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2. Do away with glass

There’s an increasing trend in bathroom design that does away with traditional screened off shower areas. Known as...


5 Tips For A Sparkling Bathroom

The last thing anyone wants to do on their weekend is clean the bathroom. Well, we’ve come up with some tips and design ideas that will practically create a bathroom that cleans itself (well almost!).

So make your bathroom sparkle this spring with these helpful design ideas and tips!

1. Reduce your grout

No one likes scrubbing grout lines between tiles. The best way to reduce your bathroom cleaning time is by removing grout from wet areas. This will help limit the amount of mold build up and, in turn reduce time consuming scrubbing. Your best grout replacement options are solid stone slabs, back-painted glass, and mildew resistant paints. If you prefer tiles in your shower area then you can limit the size and amount of grout lines by choosing large format tiles. Then, you can focus on using smaller tiles still in the bathrrom but not in the areas whenre daily contact with water happens. Dark grout is also a great option for those who wish to scrub there tiles every other week, rather than weekly, given they can mask build up of grime.

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2. Do away with glass

There’s an increasing trend in bathroom design that does away with traditional screened off shower areas. Known as ‘wet zones’ these areas have no door but great design results in no exposed water ares. These low maintenance bathrooms are making a splash by eliminating the elements that sometimes take the most amount of time to clean for example glass doors and shower curtains. You can create an entire bathroom which is effectively a wet zone or you can partition it with a wall. Either or, you’ll be saving yourself time wiping down surfaces. Concrete as a wall and floor alternative, can make for an amazing looking bathroom.

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3. Wall mount as much as you can

What better way to clean your bathroom floor if nothing is sitting on it? Clearly mop under vanity units and toilets with ease, reduce your cleaning time and give your bathroom a modern minimalist look. Wall mounted tapware also will cut down on your cleaning time as soap scum will never build up at the base, all you’ll have to do is give it a quick wipe down.

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4. Solid basins will save you time

You will be surprised, but it will be much easier for you to wipe down a solid surface basin than a raised one with its often hard to clean areas. Combined with your wall mounted tapes and you’ll be able to spend less time cleaning and more time soaking in the tub.

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5. Stand alone tubs are the way to go

Enclosed tubs go hand and hand with more grout scrubbing. Do away with that extra elbow grease time by installing a stand-alone bathtub in your bathroom. Placing a tub in the centre of your bathroom might sound awkward, but it will create a natural flow to the room. Combine a standalone tub that’s flush to the floor with free standing or wall mounted tapware and you’ll ever have to clean those awkward nooks and crannies again.

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Having a home for every item in your bathroom will also help to de-clutter your space. Other tips we suggest investing in are: labeling the inside of draws, and draw dividers, these are an excellent way to assist guests and family members to locate where various item belongs and keep draws clean and easily accessible. By following the strategies listed above you will soon find yourself spending less time cleaning your bathroom and more time admiring your fresh spring inspired space.

Tired of unsightly cleaning products clogging up the space under your sink? Go fresh and clean this spring with House of Home's natural all-purpose cleaning spray recipe. Soon you're bathroom will shine and sparkle like new, just in time for spring!

DIY Multipurpose Bathroom Cleaner

2 Cups of water

1 Tb baking soda

3 Tb liquid castile soap (or vinegar)

10 drops of tea tree oil

10 drops of your favouirte essential oil (for smell, we suggest orange oil, lemon myrtle or lavender)

Combine ingredients by pouring the water, then baking soda, soap and essential oils into a bottle. Attached nozzle and shake well before using. Suitable for bathtubs, toilets, tiles, sinks and flooring. Use citrus juice as an alternative to essential oils

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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."