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 Canberra

Canberra is a purpose-built city, known for its abundance of nature reserves, and wide boulevards lined with large buildings and formal parks.

To keep up with it’s growing population, the city has been developing new and vibrant suburbs in which to live. A city that boasts homes of distinctive style, we have sourced some of Canberra’s best interior designer firms, who bring their own creative flair to the houses of our nation’s capital.

  • The Dept. of Design
  • Journey Home Interior Design
  • Karin McNamara Design
  • Melinda Boag Design
  • Sympatico Interiors
  • YOLK

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The Dept. of Design

The Dept. of Design are a firm based in Canberra with an extensive portfolio in Residential, Multi-Residential and Commercial design. Led by Director and Senior Interior Designer Kier Gregg, the team think design should be fun and want their clients to enjoy the design process. They aim to work collaboratively with their clients; and tailor each project to a client’s needs, tastes and budget.

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Journey Home Interior Design

Journey Home Interior Design are a Canberra-based firm, specialising in residential projects Australia wide. Launched by Nadine Neilson after a decade...


Top Interior Design Firms Canberra

Canberra is a purpose-built city, known for its abundance of nature reserves, and wide boulevards lined with large buildings and formal parks.

To keep up with it’s growing population, the city has been developing new and vibrant suburbs in which to live. A city that boasts homes of distinctive style, we have sourced some of Canberra’s best interior designer firms, who bring their own creative flair to the houses of our nation’s capital.

  • The Dept. of Design
  • Journey Home Interior Design
  • Karin McNamara Design
  • Melinda Boag Design
  • Sympatico Interiors
  • YOLK

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The Dept. of Design

The Dept. of Design are a firm based in Canberra with an extensive portfolio in Residential, Multi-Residential and Commercial design. Led by Director and Senior Interior Designer Kier Gregg, the team think design should be fun and want their clients to enjoy the design process. They aim to work collaboratively with their clients; and tailor each project to a client’s needs, tastes and budget.

Visit The Dept. of Design

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Journey Home Interior Design

Journey Home Interior Design are a Canberra-based firm, specialising in residential projects Australia wide. Launched by Nadine Neilson after a decade long international career, Journey Home Interior Design employs the philosophy that good design should couple aesthetics with function.

Journey Home offer a comprehensive range of professional interior design services, working with traditional, contemporary and transitional interiors.

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Karin McNamara Design

Karin McNamara Design is an interior design consultancy established in 2001, that can advise on space management, kitchen and bathroom design, furniture layouts, bespoke joinery and assist in selection of finishes and fittings.

Karin McNamara is an environmentally responsible studio, and they stay abreast of current eco-trends which incorporate sustainable design solutions.

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Melinda Boag Design

Melinda Boag Design is a Canberra-based Interior Design business established in 1993. From paint colours to kitchen and bathroom design, the studio work to the philosophy of turning ordinary rooms into practical yet aesthetically-pleasing spaces.

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Sympatico Interiors

Sympatico Interiors are an interior decorating consultancy whose services range from residential makeovers to styling new builds and display developments. In her role as design director, Debra Nowell also offers a Platinum Shopping Experience, while soft furnishings consultant Maureen Reeves can provide advice that covers both decorative and environmental elements.

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YOLK

YOLK are a boutique interior design firm based in Canberra, who specialise in providing custom interior design services to residential and commercial clients in the Canberra region. Since their launch in 2010, they have completed over 200 projects across sectors including residential, retail, hospitality, education and corporate.

The YOLK team love to recycle, reinvent and integrate old with the new; and they believe that strong relationships and good communication provide the base for the best design outcomes.

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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
  • Sydney
  • Brisbane
  • Perth
  • Adelaide
  • 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."