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 Australia

Building or renovating a home can be a daunting proposition, especially when you consider all the design decisions that need to be made along the way.

From colour schemes and furniture selections, to layouts and budgets, to window treatments and wallpaper, the decisions that you make will effect how you and your family live and feel in the space, so it’s important to get it right.

Whether you’re building a new home, renovating or extending an old property, or simply want to update a room in your house, an interior designer can help you achieve a beautiful result – not to mention make the process far less stressful for you.

What is an Interior Designer?

Interior Designers anticipate our needs and appeal to our emotions, to create spaces that are both functional and attractive.

Interior designers who specialise in residential design work with private living spaces, and may even specialise in specific living areas, such as kitchens or bathrooms. Designers are also expected to have working knowledge of the following:

  • Textiles, materials, color, space planning and sustainability
  • Software applications for 2D & 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling...

Top Interior Design Firms Australia

Building or renovating a home can be a daunting proposition, especially when you consider all the design decisions that need to be made along the way.

From colour schemes and furniture selections, to layouts and budgets, to window treatments and wallpaper, the decisions that you make will effect how you and your family live and feel in the space, so it’s important to get it right.

Whether you’re building a new home, renovating or extending an old property, or simply want to update a room in your house, an interior designer can help you achieve a beautiful result – not to mention make the process far less stressful for you.

What is an Interior Designer?

Interior Designers anticipate our needs and appeal to our emotions, to create spaces that are both functional and attractive.

Interior designers who specialise in residential design work with private living spaces, and may even specialise in specific living areas, such as kitchens or bathrooms. Designers are also expected to have working knowledge of the following:

  • Textiles, materials, color, space planning and sustainability
  • Software applications for 2D & 3D computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM)
  • Structural requirements, health and safety issues, and building codes

Why work with an Interior Designer?

A professional interior designer uses their skills and in depth knowledge to develop and implement innovative design solutions to help you achieve a more functional and beautiful home. A good interior designer will be guided by your tastes and budget, and can navigate you through your interior design and decorating decision making, from concept to installation.

Interior design professionals will usually be able to source custom furniture and homewares at trade prices, savings which they can choose to pass on to you. They will also have contacts and resources at hand, which can save you both time and money.

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Find an Interior Designer

If you’re thinking of working with an interior designer or just interested in interior design, you have come to the right place. We have compiled an extensive list of our favourite residential interior designers in each of the major cities of Australia.

This is just a small selection of interior design firms that inspire us. They were chosen for their distinguishing style and stunning portfolios.

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

Looking for an Architect also? You may be interested in our article covering the Top Architecture Firms Australia.


House of Home are happy to consider submissions for our directory of preferred interior designers. If you are a registered interior design practice and would like your firm to be listed, please send an email to with a link to your portfolio to us for consideration.


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

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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."