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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What is the best bathtub material for your bathroom renovation?

When it comes time to choose the right bath or bathtub for your bathroom, there are many different things you should consider. Consider the space you have; what will fit and what shape will work best for you? How do you intend to use your bath; is it for long hot soaks or to bathe the kids? Once you have decided on these aspects of your bathing needs, you then need to choose the bath material that's right for you.

With plenty of different bath materials to suit all bathroom spaces, budgets, and bathroom renovation styles, we've pulled together the following guide to choosing a bath material, what to consider and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each;

  • Stone Bathtub
  • Acrylic Bathtub
  • Cast Iron Bathtub
  • Steel Bath
  • Copper Bathtub

Stone Bathtub

If you are planning your ultimate bathroom renovation, chances are a stone bathtub is on your wish list. But what is a stone bathtub? Our research suggests that its very difficult to find a bathtub carved out of solid stone. And probably very heavy too. But there are lots of bathtubs available on the market that are made from engineered materials that mimic the look and appeal of a natural stone bath. To achieve a stone bathtub...


What is the best bathtub material for your bathroom renovation?

When it comes time to choose the right bath or bathtub for your bathroom, there are many different things you should consider. Consider the space you have; what will fit and what shape will work best for you? How do you intend to use your bath; is it for long hot soaks or to bathe the kids? Once you have decided on these aspects of your bathing needs, you then need to choose the bath material that's right for you.

With plenty of different bath materials to suit all bathroom spaces, budgets, and bathroom renovation styles, we've pulled together the following guide to choosing a bath material, what to consider and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each;

  • Stone Bathtub
  • Acrylic Bathtub
  • Cast Iron Bathtub
  • Steel Bath
  • Copper Bathtub

Stone Bathtub

If you are planning your ultimate bathroom renovation, chances are a stone bathtub is on your wish list. But what is a stone bathtub? Our research suggests that its very difficult to find a bathtub carved out of solid stone. And probably very heavy too. But there are lots of bathtubs available on the market that are made from engineered materials that mimic the look and appeal of a natural stone bath. To achieve a stone bathtub look, the baths are made out of products like stonecast resin or stone composite.

Stonecast Resin Baths

Stonecast Resin Baths are a mixture of ground up stone and resin. For those who are looking for a stone bath but are on a tighter budget, a stonecast resin bath could be the answer for you. Manufacturers are able to mimic the look of travertine, limestone, marble and granite so these are becoming a very popular choice with bathroom renovators.

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Stone Composite Baths

Stone Composite Baths baths are readily available on the market. A composite material made of crushed stone bound by a polymer resin. Made predominantly with Quartz, baths in stone composite stone feature a myriad of other materials such as limestone, marble, mother of pearl, composite baths have a beautiful natural stone look.

The advantage of buying an engineered stone bathtub, are that there is a wide range of colours to choose from, but probably more importantly than that, they are much more practical to transport and install as they are lighter weight than a solid stone bathtub.

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Acrylic Bathtub

Acrylic has become an extremely popular choice for bath materials. Its natural warmth as well as its strength make it a favourite for home renovators. Acrylic Baths are a lightweight and affordable bath option. To maintain that high sheen finish and colour, use gentle cleaning products as anything abrasive can damage your acrylic bathtub. If you are renovating your bathroom on a budget and looking for a cheap bathtub, look at acrylic tubs, you will get great value for your money. They are lightweight and stackable, which saves on transport costs, and will be reflected in the price you end up paying for your new bathtub.

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Cast Iron Bathtub

Among the most expensive bath materials on the market is Enameled Cast Iron Baths. Strong and durable, these baths are created by pouring molten iron into a mould. To achieve their high-gloss finish, the surface is fired and is resistant to scratches, cracks and chips. Be aware that cast iron baths are extremely heavy, but if you’re after that timeless look, this is the bath for you. There are two other big advantages of a enamelled cast iron bathtub - the first is that they are amazing at holding the heat of the bath water, which means that you can enjoy a long luxurious soak without having to constantly top up the water to keep warm. The second advantage is that a cast iron bathtub will last a really long time, and even if they get scratched over time it is possible to have the bath re-surfaced or re-enamelled.

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Steel Bath

Extremely popular in Europe, steel enamel bathtubs are a fantastic option for bathing. Exceptionally durable, steel enamel baths are hard-wearing, scratch resistant, hygienic and easy to clean. Brands like Bette Baths and Kaldewei have steel baths finished in enamel in their ranges. A similar bath is a steel porcelain bath, stamped out of a solid piece of steel, they are then coated with porcelain to achieve that high gloss finish. Extremely hardy, steel porcelain is highly resistant to scratches, vigorous cleaning and is an affordable bath material option.

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Copper Bathtub

A copper bath is one of the most luxurious choices when it comes to bathing. Handcrafted in any shape, copper conducts and retains heat, making it perfect for those long, hot soaks.

Whatever your ultimate bath material choice, it's important that it suits your needs, budget and bathroom style.


We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products for your bathroom renovation, then be sure to check out our full range of bathroom renovation products.


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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."