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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Bathroom Lighting Design Tips

Given the frequency of which we use our bathrooms, having the correct interior lighting to perform daily tasks efficiently is vital to a pleasurable bathroom experience.

Effective bathroom lighting will provide enough light to carry out activities such as applying makeup, brushing teeth, shaving as well as illuminating the entire space.

The most popular choice of colour temperature for a bathroom is either cool while (bright white) or daylight. This temperature gives the most accurate visibility of skin tone and colouring and will provide a good balanced bathroom lighting design.

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Bathroom Lighting Considerations

When looking for bathroom lighting ideas, the following bathroom design elements should to be considered:

Bulbs

LEDs and Incandescent light bulbs are the most commonly used globes in lighting design. Each has its own pro's and con's that need to be considered as an important part of the overall lighting design.

LEDs

LED's have a great level of durability and use a low amount of energy, making them cost efficient They are not affected by humidity and emit very low amounts of heat. LEDs can be used for both task lighting and accent...


Bathroom Lighting Design Tips

Given the frequency of which we use our bathrooms, having the correct interior lighting to perform daily tasks efficiently is vital to a pleasurable bathroom experience.

Effective bathroom lighting will provide enough light to carry out activities such as applying makeup, brushing teeth, shaving as well as illuminating the entire space.

The most popular choice of colour temperature for a bathroom is either cool while (bright white) or daylight. This temperature gives the most accurate visibility of skin tone and colouring and will provide a good balanced bathroom lighting design.

rsz black white bathroom lighting design

Bathroom Lighting Considerations

When looking for bathroom lighting ideas, the following bathroom design elements should to be considered:

Bulbs

LEDs and Incandescent light bulbs are the most commonly used globes in lighting design. Each has its own pro's and con's that need to be considered as an important part of the overall lighting design.

LEDs

LED's have a great level of durability and use a low amount of energy, making them cost efficient They are not affected by humidity and emit very low amounts of heat. LEDs can be used for both task lighting and accent lighting.

Incandescent

Unlike LED's, incandescent bulbs emit a warmer soft lighting but use a lot more electricity than other bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are most often used for ambient lighting.

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Types of Lighting

Task Lighting

Task lighting refers to the increased level of luminescence to a space for lighting a specific task. There are many varieties of task lights in the bathroom however, task lights are most commonly found above or next to a vanity. Contrast is extremely important with task lighting, an incorrectly placed task light may cause increased contrast which will result in excess shadows and a lack of luminescence.

Sconces and Wall Lights

  • Sconces and wall lights are usually positioned at eye level and are used to maximise the lighting for highlighting a person’s face. These lights usually consist of multiple bulbs or fixtures which highlight facial features and tend not to cast shadows. Professional makeup artists use many bulbs to accurately see the colours, tones and shades of skin and makeup.

  • Makeup mirrors are perfect for those who apply makeup in the bathroom as getting the lighting correct is extremely important. Lighting needs to be bright and even so that make up can be applied and blended correctly. Makeup mirrors are perfect for providing the correct close up luminescence to achieve even makeup application.

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Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting refers to light that provides general illumination over an entire area or space. Ambient lights are a common feature in bathrooms and are usually referred to as ceiling lights. The purpose of ambient lighting is to substitute natural light at night. Ambient light is enhanced by task lighting, so this needs to be taken into consideration when planning your lighting design. Common ambient lights are pendant lights, chandeliers, [down lights](https://www.houseofhome.com.au/s/downlights and track lights.

Ceiling lights are perfect for creating ambient lighting. Usually placed in the centre of the bathroom, casting overall lighting that descends down from above the head. Ceiling lights are a great choice for brightening a room but often need to be enhanced by task lighting fixtures, in order to correct shadows on the face. Chandeliers and pendant lights are a creative and decorative way to enhance the overall ambiance and style of a bathroom; these fixtures will give off light that will open up an entire room, just remember to combine with other lighting fixtures.

Our Tip: Chandeliers and pendant should be hung high enough that they are safely out of the way.

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Accent Lighting

Accent lights are either recessed or standard spotlights that create focus points on artwork, decorative features, basins or tilework. Examples of accent lights are strip lighting, spotlights and adjustable downlights. A popular trend in bathroom design is the use of strip lighting or night lights. These are recessed accent lights that are designed to emit low level lighting which continually stay lit during the night, to illuminate the path towards, and in, the bathroom. They can also be placed behind or under vanity units and mirrors to make a statement focal piece.

Natural Lighting

A carefully placed window or skylight will add volumes of daylight to you bathroom. Even the smallest window can brighten and open up your room, as well as provide added ventilation. Everyone will agree that having access to natural light in bathrooms is ideal. Windows and skylights provide ambient bright illumination throughout the day and will also help to reduce power usage.

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Our Tip: Mirrors are highly effective at the illusion of light and space. When placed near or opposite a window or light fitting, a mirror will reflect light and distribute it evenly throughout the bathroom.

You can always add extra lighting to your bathroom by including LED shower heads, reflective tiles or a feature pendant lamp. Remember, whenever you're planning to install lights always seek the advice and installation assistance of a qualified electrician. Good luck!

For more information on bathroom lighting design read our article on The 6 Biggest Bathroom Mistakes.


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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."