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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Top Interior Design Firms Sydney

Sydney is a vibrant city, whose sparkling harbour is the hub of a metropolis that boasts natural beauty in its unspoilt beaches and spacious public gardens.

Sydney’s homes are not defined by one particular style; instead there is a harmony between the old and the new, resulting in an eclectic and inspiring assortment of beautiful homes.

Sydney is also home to a number of Australia’s most influential interior design firms. Whilst creativity and innovation are always at the forefront of Sydney’s design community, the talented teams behind copious award-winning projects are equally focused on working collaboratively with their clients.

Here we introduce you to a selection of our favourite Sydney interior design firms.

  • Acme & Co
  • Anna Carin Design
  • Arent & Pyke
  • Brendan Wong
  • Darren Palmer
  • Greg Natale
  • Hare + Klein
  • Joanne Green Landscape & Interior
  • Sibella Court
  • SJB Interiors
  • Thomas Hamel & Associates

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Acme & Co

Acme&Co is a design firm delivering a broad range of projects. The boutique practice was established by architect Vince Alafaci and interior designer Caroline Choker who provide holistic design solutions that respond to each client’s objectives and site specific needs....


Top Interior Design Firms Sydney

Sydney is a vibrant city, whose sparkling harbour is the hub of a metropolis that boasts natural beauty in its unspoilt beaches and spacious public gardens.

Sydney’s homes are not defined by one particular style; instead there is a harmony between the old and the new, resulting in an eclectic and inspiring assortment of beautiful homes.

Sydney is also home to a number of Australia’s most influential interior design firms. Whilst creativity and innovation are always at the forefront of Sydney’s design community, the talented teams behind copious award-winning projects are equally focused on working collaboratively with their clients.

Here we introduce you to a selection of our favourite Sydney interior design firms.

  • Acme & Co
  • Anna Carin Design
  • Arent & Pyke
  • Brendan Wong
  • Darren Palmer
  • Greg Natale
  • Hare + Klein
  • Joanne Green Landscape & Interior
  • Sibella Court
  • SJB Interiors
  • Thomas Hamel & Associates

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Acme & Co

Acme&Co is a design firm delivering a broad range of projects. The boutique practice was established by architect Vince Alafaci and interior designer Caroline Choker who provide holistic design solutions that respond to each client’s objectives and site specific needs.

Whilst each commission is individual, the studio adopts consistent principles across all of its projects; exploring the fundamentals of environment, sustainability, space, proportion, light and materials.

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Anna Carin Design

Anna Carin Design [ACD] is a design studio whose aim is to provide stylish, innovative and functional solutions that will stand the test of time and give clients much pleasure and enjoyment for years to come.

Swedish born Founder and Principal Designer Anna-Carin McNamara draws on local and international influences, in particular from her Swedish roots, for all of her design work and creative undertakings, and is supported by a highly-passionate and creative team, offering extensive service and expertise to a broad client list.

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Arent & Pyke

Arent&Pyke’s passion for beautiful interiors and nurturing the human condition is manifest in every interior design project they undertake. From concept to completion, Arent&Pyke compose beautifully realised interiors of finished details and decorated ambiance.

Under principals Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke, Arent&Pyke’s work is consistently hallmarked by a clear understanding of their clients’ needs, lifestyle and passions. The result is an exceptional portfolio of award winning projects.

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Brendan Wong

Brendan Wong is a design studio that has developed a reputation for superior client service and seamless delivery of projects. A high level of personal consultation and collaboration brings design solutions that are client focused and always sympathetic to context, function and budget.

Signature to every Brendan Wong project is the partnering of an elegant aesthetic with a functionality that transcends the years.

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Darren Palmer

Darren Palmer is regarded as one of Australia's most influential interior designers. Darren founded his interior design studio DP Designed in 2006.

DP Designed is known for creating designs that are accessible, comfortable, sophisticated and, above all, highly appropriate and individual. With an eye for creating bespoke, luxurious and precise interiors, each and every DP Designed home is inspired by its location, the lifestyle needs of its residents and DP Designed personalised aesthetic.

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Greg Natale

Since its launch in 2001, Greg Natale Design has been dedicated to the integration of design and decoration in interior and exterior design.

Greg Natale Design is known for its bold use of colour and pattern, tailored, polished spaces and precise, considered approach, which have made it one of Australia’s top design companies and earned it several awards and accolades.

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Hare + Klein

Hare + Klein – led by Meryl Hare, and assisted by Associate Dimity Chitty – attributes it’s successful outcomes over nearly three decades to it’s team’s consistency, wealth of experience and passionate commitment to providing the most creative and practical interior solutions for it’s clients.

The practice has built a reputation for approaching projects in a considered and collaborative way. Woven into Hare + Klein’s work is texture, warmth, refined comfort and a sense of the client’s personality. The studio’s design philosophy is embedded in its strong conviction that an interior should balance aesthetic elegance with layers of visual generosity.

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Joanne Green Landscape & Interior

Joanne Green is a team of Sydney landscape designers, interior designers, landscape construction and garden maintenance professionals who have been creating beautiful spaces for people to live in for over 33 years.

The team focus on creating connections between space, people, and site. Joanne Green’s goal is to achieve a perfect balance of beauty and functionality – both inside and out. The end result is an elegant and timeless design, which has been built with a dedication to detail and quality to reflect their client’s lifestyle and personality.

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Sibella Court

The foundations of Sibella Court’s distinct and immersive style can be found at her store The Society Inc. An imaginarium launched upon her return to Sydney after living & working in New York for 10 years.

With Sibella’s degree in History, her spaces draw on both the true & make-believe, to create unique interiors to delight patrons & guests. Her attention to detail & immersive style is achieved with her imagination & black book of speciality trades, collated over a 20+ year styling career.

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SJB Interiors

SJB Interiors creates imaginative spaces that capture attention and provide comfort and delight. The practice has an acclaimed team under the leadership of directors Andrew Parr, Ljiljana Gazevic and Léo Terrando in Melbourne and directors Jonathan Richards and Kirsten Stanisich in Sydney.

SJB Interiors responds to the challenges posed by each design brief for an original and tailored solution. The studio cultivates design integrity, creative knowledge and expertise, and genuine understanding of style.

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Thomas Hamel & Associates

Established in 1990 by interior designer Thomas Hamel, the team at Thomas Hamel & Associates comes from all corners of the world and brings a myriad of talents and skills to the organisation.

Thomas Hamel & Associates applies a modernist aesthetic to residential developments, and is renowned for stylish yet timeless interiors tailored to today’s living. The team works closely with clients, blending together the elements of design to realise their dreams.

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We hope you found this post helpful. If you are interested to learn more about the the role of an Interior Designer and the benefits of working with one, please visit our parent article Top Interior Design Firms Australia.

If you would like to find more Interior Designers from the other major cities in Australia, please visit our articles below.

  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Perth
  • Adelaide
  • Canberra
  • Hobart


We would like to thank our guest writer Annabel Foster for creating this directory of Australian Interior Designers for us.

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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."