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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Trade Fair Season Round Up

From July through to September, Melbourne plays host to designers and buyers from all over Australia and overseas.

With an incredible array of inspiration on offer, industry professionals flocked to our design capital to scour at least one or all of our design, decoration and gift trade fairs.

The team at House of Home attended all of them (while sporting our comfiest footwear). We were so impressed by each of the different shows and what they had to offer, that we just had to share our experience with you.

We have done a quick round up of the key trend themes that were filtering through at the shows and an overview of what we saw and loved the most. Below is a snapshot from the following five trade fairs:

  • DEN Fair
  • Décor & Design
  • Rogue Lifestyle
  • Life Instyle
  • REED Gift Fair

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Themes & Styles:

Gypsy Boho - Natural organic looking furniture pieces in rattan, macramé and crocheted rugs and lots of cream and white fabrics.

Coastal Beach Vibe - Beach inspired accoutrements in a cool palette of blues and greens, teamed with basket weaves and wicker furniture.

Refined Elegance - Furniture & Décor oozing sophisticated charm by way of tufted velvet pieces in rich, bold...


Trade Fair Season Round Up

From July through to September, Melbourne plays host to designers and buyers from all over Australia and overseas.

With an incredible array of inspiration on offer, industry professionals flocked to our design capital to scour at least one or all of our design, decoration and gift trade fairs.

The team at House of Home attended all of them (while sporting our comfiest footwear). We were so impressed by each of the different shows and what they had to offer, that we just had to share our experience with you.

We have done a quick round up of the key trend themes that were filtering through at the shows and an overview of what we saw and loved the most. Below is a snapshot from the following five trade fairs:

  • DEN Fair
  • Décor & Design
  • Rogue Lifestyle
  • Life Instyle
  • REED Gift Fair

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Themes & Styles:

Gypsy Boho - Natural organic looking furniture pieces in rattan, macramé and crocheted rugs and lots of cream and white fabrics.

Coastal Beach Vibe - Beach inspired accoutrements in a cool palette of blues and greens, teamed with basket weaves and wicker furniture.

Refined Elegance - Furniture & Décor oozing sophisticated charm by way of tufted velvet pieces in rich, bold colours with Brass element detailing.

Japanese / Scandi Minimalism - Refined pieces showcasing pale timbers with a clean, minimal aesthetic.

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Colour Palettes:

There were an array of various colour trends on display from;

Muted Hues – A calming colour palette of dusty shades ranging corn flower blues, sage greens, terracotta’s and chalky pinks.

Monochromatic with a Twist - Sophisticated vignettes, predominantly black and white highlighted by deep accent colours such as greens or indigo blues.

Rich & Bold - Deep mesmerizing colours such as Burgundy, Forrest Green, Indigo, Ochre and Rose Pink.

Beyond Brights - Borderline Neons in Pinks, Greens, Blues, Yellows.

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Pattern Trends:

  • Shibori
  • Oversized Florals & Botanicals
  • Tropical Motifs
  • Exotic Birds
  • Feathers
  • 3-D Textured Woven Weaves

Stand Out Retailers

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Decor & Design

  • Lights Lights Lights
  • Escape to Paradise
  • Parker Road Moss
  • Duke Furniture

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DEN Fair

  • Escape to Paradise
  • Hepburn Hardware
  • Designer Rugs
  • Interia Handles
  • Amigo’s De Hoy

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REED Gift Fair

  • Colcam Enterprises
  • Rogue Home
  • Florabelle

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Life Instyle

  • Mr Pinchy & Co.
  • L&M Home
  • Mann Ritoli

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Rogue Lifestyle

  • Lauren Skye Studio
  • Lekkel & Co.
  • Space to Create

And that’s a wrap! We hope you have enjoyed this snap shot of what’s to come in the home furnishings market. There’s some pretty inspiring and unique products out there, with a leap of colour, pattern and texture.

Summer 2017 / 2018 is shaping up to be a fun, daring and eclectic year of furniture and homeware trends.

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Image Credits: Header Image - L&M Home
Colcam Industries | Duke Furniture | Lauren Skye Studio | Lights Lights Lights | Escape to Paradise | Rogue Home | Florabelle | Mann Ritoli | Rogue Lifestyle | Denfair | Hepburn Hardware | Interia | For me by Dee | Koa by Kaitlin | Urban Eden


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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."