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 to Measure a Dresser or Cabinet

Whether you are buying or selling a cabinet or dresser provide measurements that let buyers know whether the unit will fit into their space and also give them the option to think about where in their home it will be suited- whether that is a bedroom, living room or office.

Measuring A Dresser

Measuring most cabinets is a simple process of measuring the height, width and depth - always at the widest or highest points.

1. Height: The vertical measurement of the cabinet- from floor to top.

2. Depth: The front to back of the unit.

3. Width: From one side of the cabinet to the other.

However, you may come across cabinets or dressers that are measured using height, width and length. Typically in Australia height, width and depth are used and height, width and length are used in America.

Confused yet? The good news is you'll never see depth and length used in the same measurements, so from that you can infer how width is being used. Check out our below inforgraphic to see what the different combinations mean.

Dresser Measurements

You’ll also want to take the dimensions of each drawer - the height, width and depth. When you’re measuring a dresser, these measurements are essentially the...


How to Measure a Dresser or Cabinet

Whether you are buying or selling a cabinet or dresser provide measurements that let buyers know whether the unit will fit into their space and also give them the option to think about where in their home it will be suited- whether that is a bedroom, living room or office.

Measuring A Dresser

Measuring most cabinets is a simple process of measuring the height, width and depth - always at the widest or highest points.

1. Height: The vertical measurement of the cabinet- from floor to top.

2. Depth: The front to back of the unit.

3. Width: From one side of the cabinet to the other.

However, you may come across cabinets or dressers that are measured using height, width and length. Typically in Australia height, width and depth are used and height, width and length are used in America.

Confused yet? The good news is you'll never see depth and length used in the same measurements, so from that you can infer how width is being used. Check out our below inforgraphic to see what the different combinations mean.

Dresser Measurements

You’ll also want to take the dimensions of each drawer - the height, width and depth. When you’re measuring a dresser, these measurements are essentially the same, except that dressers will often have additional features that you don’t see in cabinets. These might include a mirror mounted on the top of the dresser or a decorative shelf or top-piece.

Types of Cabinets or Dressers

Dresser drawers can often have special features- like being specially built to store jewellery. Make sure these features are clearly mentioned along with the dimensions. Corner cabinets or dresser units, require additional measurements because they aren't rectangular. Make sure that when you’re taking measurements for these units that you include the diagonal (from point to point) as well as the lengths of each edge.

If you’re having custom cabinetry installed, it’s really important that the measurements are completely exact. If at all possible, it’s best to have the cabinet maker come and take the measurements to make sure they have what they need.

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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."