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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The Social Kitchen

The evolution of the kitchen is a fascinating subject. It was once a place used only by cooking staff (if you were wealthy enough), or used by house wives who slaved over the family’s daily meals and then have to tirelessly clean up after them.

Thankfully today's kitchen has evolved to become the social hub of the home where friends and family (including husbands), come together to cook, to drink, to chat and even carry out other daily tasks such as catching up on personal admin, or flipping through a favourite mag with a cup of coffee.

It doesn’t matter how fancy one’s formal living or formal dining spaces are, when friends or family visit everyone seems to gravitate to the kitchen. So what has inspired this shift from the couch to the cook top?

To find out, we spoke to Daniel Moore, Manager of the Bathroom Biz who supply a gorgeous range of kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings. Daniel kindly shared his expert insights into the evolution of the humble kitchen and talked to us about the what trends are now at the forefront of kitchen design. Here's what Daniel shared with us.

How are modern kitchen's being utilised these days and what has influenced the way people...


The Social Kitchen

The evolution of the kitchen is a fascinating subject. It was once a place used only by cooking staff (if you were wealthy enough), or used by house wives who slaved over the family’s daily meals and then have to tirelessly clean up after them.

Thankfully today's kitchen has evolved to become the social hub of the home where friends and family (including husbands), come together to cook, to drink, to chat and even carry out other daily tasks such as catching up on personal admin, or flipping through a favourite mag with a cup of coffee.

It doesn’t matter how fancy one’s formal living or formal dining spaces are, when friends or family visit everyone seems to gravitate to the kitchen. So what has inspired this shift from the couch to the cook top?

To find out, we spoke to Daniel Moore, Manager of the Bathroom Biz who supply a gorgeous range of kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings. Daniel kindly shared his expert insights into the evolution of the humble kitchen and talked to us about the what trends are now at the forefront of kitchen design. Here's what Daniel shared with us.

How are modern kitchen's being utilised these days and what has influenced the way people interact most within the space?

"Children and teenagers are spending a lot more time in the kitchen drawing, painting or finishing up homework. They are even excited to help out with preparing food which is great as cooking is an essential life skill that helps kids to develop their creativity and motor skills."

"Modern technology, access to a smorgasbord of food varieties and the popularity of cooking shows such as Jamie Oliver’s has taken cooking from being a repetitive chore to an opportunity to get creative. Along with the popularity of social media channels such as Instagram or Facebook one can now showcase and share their cooking creations".

"Of course it is the actual physical evolution of kitchen design itself that has impacted most on the way we interact with the space and each other. Once a closed off room at the rear of the house, the kitchen is now proudly positioned centrally at the heart of the home," says Daniel.

The Social Kitchen

How has kitchen design evolved in recent years?

Influences from glossy magazines saw kitchens develop into luxurious, uber fancy, show kitchens – all about state-of-the-art appliances, sculptural range-hoods and finishes that exemplified vast amounts gloss, sparkle and shine. However, the ‘show’ kitchen has now evolved into the ‘social’ kitchen which conveys a much more relaxed and welcoming appearance.

How would you describe today's style of kitchen?

"Today’s contemporary kitchen now reflects a more casual, laid-back aesthetic that looks effortlessly chic. With the influence of styles such as Scandinavian, Hampton’s and Industrial, kitchens have taken on a much more raw and natural appearance".

"In saying this however, given the kitchen has become centralised to the other main living areas, it is still very much a place to create focal points and add statement pieces. 'Wow' accents are still being incorporated but in a much more restrained and elegant way than in the past. For example; a stunning kitchen tap or statement sink have become a must-have pieces in today's social kitchen".

"Kitchens have also become light, airy, open-plan spaces that are acknowledged for their clever use of space, ample natural light, multi-functional use and customised hand-made furniture. Materials are natural or earthy and colour palettes are more neutral and muted but are being teamed with luxe accents of metallic finishes such as brass, copper, bronze or matte black".

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"Sightlines are left open without visual obstructions which allows spaces to borrow from each other. Many new kitchens encompass a dining table integrated into the bench top that can double as a home-office work space. It’s this kind of versatile design flexibility that encourages a great deal more social interaction within the home".

"Many households have embraced a causal lifestyle and as such, the kitchens of today are fast becoming shared family spaces that also permit dining and lounging within the same area. This concept allows the whole family to spend time together whether the task at hand be cooking, working, relaxing or socialising".

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HOT TIP: If you're considering adapting your kitchen to create a multi-functional shared living and dining space that will encourage social interaction, be sure to consider your kitchen fixtures and fittings carefully so that they sit harmoniously with the the rest of the home's interior.

Below is collection of our favourite kitchen fixtures that fit perfectly within today's contemporary casual aesthetic, yet have just the right amount of wow factor to impress guests and create a beautiful social space.

House of Home would like to thank Daniel Moore, Manager from the Bathroom Biz sharing his expert knowledge and information around modern day Kitchen design.


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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."