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 Melbourne

The city of Melbourne is regarded as something of a cultural capital.

Known for its rooftop bars, tiny cafés and iconic street art laneways, Melbourne is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city that appeals to free spirits of all ages.

With its European heritage, the urban landscape is characterised by a stylish mix of new apartment complexes, beautiful heritage buildings and period style homes. The diverse, charming neighbourhoods, and stylish, cultured atmosphere of the city have produced and attracted some serious design talent.

Here we present a few of our favourite Melbourne interior design firms.

  • Adele Bates
  • Atticus & Milo
  • Carr Design Group
  • Chelsea Hing
  • Christopher Elliot Design
  • David Hicks
  • Fiona Lynch
  • Flack Studio
  • Hecker Guthrie
  • Meme Design
  • MIM Design
  • Spinzi Design

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Adele Bates

Adele Bates’ principles are those of quality, custom design and timeless nature. The studio delivers individual design from conception and design development through to documentation and final construction.

The team at Adele Bates take a holistic approach to every project, and aim to synthesise aesthetic sensibility and practical objectives in their designs.

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Top Interior Design Firms Melbourne

The city of Melbourne is regarded as something of a cultural capital.

Known for its rooftop bars, tiny cafés and iconic street art laneways, Melbourne is a dynamic, cosmopolitan city that appeals to free spirits of all ages.

With its European heritage, the urban landscape is characterised by a stylish mix of new apartment complexes, beautiful heritage buildings and period style homes. The diverse, charming neighbourhoods, and stylish, cultured atmosphere of the city have produced and attracted some serious design talent.

Here we present a few of our favourite Melbourne interior design firms.

  • Adele Bates
  • Atticus & Milo
  • Carr Design Group
  • Chelsea Hing
  • Christopher Elliot Design
  • David Hicks
  • Fiona Lynch
  • Flack Studio
  • Hecker Guthrie
  • Meme Design
  • MIM Design
  • Spinzi Design

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Adele Bates

Adele Bates’ principles are those of quality, custom design and timeless nature. The studio delivers individual design from conception and design development through to documentation and final construction.

The team at Adele Bates take a holistic approach to every project, and aim to synthesise aesthetic sensibility and practical objectives in their designs.

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Atticus & Milo

Atticus & Milo, established in 2001 by Design Director Caecilia Potter, aim to respond to the stories inherent in each brief - from the people to the site to the idea and its' execution.

At the core of the practice is mutual respect for people and the environment, and each member of the Atticus & Milo team bring their unique perspective, knowledge and experience to solve problems and find the opportunities inherent in design challenges.

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Carr Design Group

Carr Design Group, led by Sue Carr, have operated for over 40 years. The studio have a collaborative and engaging design process, ultimately underpinned by mutual respect and trust. Fundamental to the culture of Carr is the ethos to innovate and push for perfection.

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Chelsea Hing

Chelsea Hing opened her eponymous studio in 2007, and since then has built a reputation for strong technical skill and a richly layered aesthetic. Every interior Chelsea Hing creates is hallmarked by her simple design ethos; that a beautiful interior can be life changing.

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Christopher Elliot Design

Drawing on 20 years’ experience in a range of artistic mediums, Christopher Elliott launched his eponymous design service in 2005. Working with building and industry professionals, Christopher Elliot Design provide a holistic approach to interior design.

The boutique design firm offer concept-to-completion service. Their philosophy is to harmonise materials, eras, styles and colours to create timeless modern designs with precise, detailed execution.

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David Hicks

The team at David Hicks employs a holistic design philosophy, guiding clients through every step; and regarding the three elements of the built environment – architecture, interior design and decoration – as one.

Known for his attention to detail and love of craftsmanship, David Hicks himself provides overall creative direction on every project.

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Fiona Lynch

With over 20 years experience, director Fiona Lynch leads a multidisciplinary team with expertise in architecture and interior design. The studio takes an artistic approach to interior design; and hallmarks of the firms practice are inventive use of space, materials and custom detail.

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Flack Studio

Launched in 2014 by David Flack, Flack Studio is guided by an approach that is focused on listening, translating, and inspiring people.

The team believe that taking themselves too seriously undermines the creation of a warm and inviting space, and paramount to their execution is the importance of having fun.

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Hecker Guthrie

The work of Hecker Guthrie is driven by the principles of authenticity, consideration and enthusiasm.

Under the direction of Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie, the studio’s approach is to create a unique identity for each project; and this authenticity resonates in their design solutions.

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Meme Design

Meme Design is an architecture and interior design studio directed by designer Megan Hounslow and designer/architect Melanie Beynon.

The team at Meme Design work closely with their clients to create contemporary, finely crafted and customised spaces that celebrate materials, finishes, life, friends, family and individuality.

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MIM Design

Mim Design’s philosophy is to produce unique and individual results that not only reflect their clients or their brand, but also enhance their lives.

Guided by founder and managing director Miriam Fanning, the team share expertise and inspiration through a wide range of skills. The studio adopts a collaborative approach, favouring client involvement and collaboration with associated consultants to produce highly tailored and personalised projects.

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Spinzi Design

The team at Spinzi Design, led by Founder and Head Designer Tommaso Spinzi, specialise in Modern Eclectic designs. They aim to create timeless, one of a kind spaces; and use natural textures and materials to bring together eclectic fusions of contrasting cultures and time periods.

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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.

  • Sydney
  • 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."