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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Living Room Colour Schemes

Bored of playing it safe when it comes to colour palettes?

Colour is all around us yet when it comes to bringing it into our homes, many homemakers tend to play it safe by opting for a predominantly neutral scheme.

For a long time interiors have embraced the paler palette; with hues typically ranging from the various shades of white, all the way up to the taupes or pastel coloured tones, however, when it came to walls, that's where colour kind of stopped.

While this has been the go-to solution for many, more and more homemakers (not just Interior Designers) have been becoming braver with their choice of paint colours and the results have been nothing short of stunning.

Experimenting with Colour

Sometimes we just need a little extra encouragement in order to feel comfortable with using colour, or to see examples of successful outcomes. If you desire something a little more daring when it comes to colour schemes, you've come to the right place!

The team at House of Home believe life's too short not have fun with colour, so with the help of Hayme Paints Colour & Concept Manager, Wendy Rennie, we have come up with two inspiring colour schemes to show you how the use of...


Living Room Colour Schemes

Bored of playing it safe when it comes to colour palettes?

Colour is all around us yet when it comes to bringing it into our homes, many homemakers tend to play it safe by opting for a predominantly neutral scheme.

For a long time interiors have embraced the paler palette; with hues typically ranging from the various shades of white, all the way up to the taupes or pastel coloured tones, however, when it came to walls, that's where colour kind of stopped.

While this has been the go-to solution for many, more and more homemakers (not just Interior Designers) have been becoming braver with their choice of paint colours and the results have been nothing short of stunning.

Experimenting with Colour

Sometimes we just need a little extra encouragement in order to feel comfortable with using colour, or to see examples of successful outcomes. If you desire something a little more daring when it comes to colour schemes, you've come to the right place!

The team at House of Home believe life's too short not have fun with colour, so with the help of Hayme Paints Colour & Concept Manager, Wendy Rennie, we have come up with two inspiring colour schemes to show you how the use of bolder tones can be successfully applied to an interior.

The following colour schemes will create a beautiful mood and bring life your living room.

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Claret & Copper Colour Scheme

Darker shades evoke a sense of intimacy and elegance, and invite cosiness and warmth into the home. Teaming darker colours such as charcoals and rich burgundy’s with copper, terracotta or blush accents will create depth, contrast and balance, while shifting the ambience of a room to one of peace and calm.

Although this colour palette is both liberating and empowering, it instils an innate sense of quiet (an almost meditative quality) that will a help a living space become a place to retreat and find some solace from the business of life’s daily routines.

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Olive & Ivy Colour Scheme

The colours in this palette are clean, crisp, and simple. The natural tones of olive and ivy offer a leafy look and feel. While the off-whites with their subtle differences, have a minimal undertone that sit beautifully alongside the greens.

Punctuated by warm ochre tones that provide energy, these colours are incredibly easy to inject into a space as they are harmonious, balanced and fresh. When applied to a living room setting these combined hues will create a restful, relaxed and positive atmosphere that bring the colours of the natural world to life.

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Choosing a Colour Scheme

You can now see how colour can really set the tone for a space and how it can have a strong and powerful effect on mood and emotions. When choosing a colour palette, find one speaks to you. It should evoke feelings of well-being and transport you to a place of joy and comfort.

Remember, painting is the easiest and most cost effective way to change the entire look and feel of a room. You can experiment freely with peace of mind knowing that should you change your mind, it’s nothing a new lick of paint can’t fix!

We would like to thank the following companies for for supplying samples of their gorgeous products for our mood boards.

  • Armadillo & Co. - www.armadillo-co.com
  • Caesarstone - www.caesarstone.com.au
  • Chemetal - www.chemetal.com
  • Christian Cole Furniture - www.christiancolefurniture.com.au
  • Haymes - www.haymespaint.com.au
  • Essa Stone - www.essastone.com.au
  • James Dunlop Fabrics - www.jamesdunloptextiles.com
  • Marco Fabric - www.marcofabrics.com.au
  • Mokum - www.jamesdunloptextiles.com
  • Porters Paints - www.porterspaints.com
  • Seneca - www.senecatextiles.com
  • Tiento Tiles - www.tiento.com.au
  • That Metal Company - www.thatmetalcompany.com.au
  • Warwick - www.warwick.com.au

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


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Image Credits: Claret & Copper Scheme: heathernetteking.com.au | insideout.com.au | pinterest.com | tono-co.myshopify.com | bloglovin.com | design.seeds .com |marcofabrics.com.au | thedesignerchaser.com.au

Olive & Ivy Scheme: housebeautifulmagazine.com | mydomainhome.com.au | pinterest.com | etsy.com | article.com | creerrecycler.blogspot.com.au | pantone.com | mote-historie.tumblr.com

Flat Lay Photography by Julia Chapman (Graphic Designer) | Materials and Finishes Mood Boards by Sarah Radhanauth (Interior Designer) & Kate Shaw (Emerging Interior Designer).


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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."