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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Freshen Up Your Home for Spring!

It happened yesterday - just after picking up my morning coffee, I felt it! You know, that delightful scent, the hint of humidity in the warmer air, the wonderful sensation of soft sunshine on your face... that spring time feeling!

Flowers have begun to bloom, bees are buzzing, birds are singing and winter blues are fading because the most gorgeous season of the year is here!

Just as the seasons change, so should our living spaces. It’s important to freshen up the home and garden, not just so they are clean, orderly and looking amazing but also for general health and well-being. There’s nothing like an ‘out with the old’ and ‘in with the new’ strategy to help cleanse the mind and feel a sense of pride and achievement.

There’s no easier or faster way to make use of your Spring clean cull than by replacing outdated home décor items with new spring time inspired furnishings. We are very excited to see that décor accents are all about vibrancy and colour this year. Inspired by a touch of the exotic, the look is fresh, fun, bright and bold with lots of natural textures and a link to the indoor /outdoor aesthetic.

Interiors are being filled with various types of plants and...


Freshen Up Your Home for Spring!

It happened yesterday - just after picking up my morning coffee, I felt it! You know, that delightful scent, the hint of humidity in the warmer air, the wonderful sensation of soft sunshine on your face... that spring time feeling!

Flowers have begun to bloom, bees are buzzing, birds are singing and winter blues are fading because the most gorgeous season of the year is here!

Just as the seasons change, so should our living spaces. It’s important to freshen up the home and garden, not just so they are clean, orderly and looking amazing but also for general health and well-being. There’s nothing like an ‘out with the old’ and ‘in with the new’ strategy to help cleanse the mind and feel a sense of pride and achievement.

There’s no easier or faster way to make use of your Spring clean cull than by replacing outdated home décor items with new spring time inspired furnishings. We are very excited to see that décor accents are all about vibrancy and colour this year. Inspired by a touch of the exotic, the look is fresh, fun, bright and bold with lots of natural textures and a link to the indoor /outdoor aesthetic.

Interiors are being filled with various types of plants and flowers, while sheltered outdoor areas are becoming a lot more stylish with cushions, rugs, and artworks being added to blur the lines between interior and exterior spaces. Both spaces are tending to ‘borrow’ from each other in order to help create a living environment that appears larger overall.

Spring Home Decor Trends House of Home

To help you achieve this look for Spring 2016, we’ve come up with 5 super quick, easy and cost effective ways to freshen up your living space in time for the string of warm weather that awaits. Here’s what you can do to improve your home and garden in next to no time:

Introduce Inspired Art

Let a colourful and vibrant artwork become the focal point and talking point for your home. The right painting or wall décor can bring a whole new lease of life to a room and completely change the look and feel of it. Rotating your artwork seasonally will ensure you home always feels fresh and will keep you feeling inspired.

Want to learn more about how to select art? Read our Tips for Buying Art.

Replace Your Rug

A rug not only creates a soft place to land, it can also help to define a room. A rugs acts as focal point and even though it may be considered a décor accessory, it can be the foundation of a beautiful living space – indoor or outdoor. A rug should be a starting point for a room in which the colour scheme and décor should all connect back to.

Want to learn more about rugs? Read tips on How to Choose the Right Rug for Your Home.

Scatter Some Cushions

Styling with cushions is such a simple, cost effective and safe way to introduce bold colours, tactile textures or vibrant patterns to the home. Cushions are as much expressive as they are functional and can often be seen as objects of art for both indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Want to learn more about cushions? Click here for your guide to Cushion Styling Tips.

Spring Home Decor Trends 2016

Sit Back & Relax with Some New Occasional Seating

Spring and Summer are the seasons for entertaining, so it’s important to make sure you have adequate seating for all of your guests. Stools, ottomans and benches make great seating additions as they can be stored neatly away when not in use. Benches or foot stools can be placed under a console table, fit neatly in a cupboard or can be used in another area of the home and brought out when required.

Bring in Some Botanicals and Blooms

Plants purify the the air and, with green being the most restful colour to the human eye, evokes a sense of calm and well-being. Plant pots are a great way to bring a pop of colour and vibrancy to your home. To top it all off, complete your spring make over with the ultimate spring accessory - the freshest bunch of beautiful blooms. Enjoy!

Want to learn more about plants? Click here for your Guide to 5 of the Best House Plants.


We hope you found this article helpful. If its left you feeling inspired to de-clutter and cleanse your home, click here for the ultimate Spring Cleaning Tips.


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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."