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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5 of Our Favourite Melbourne Lighting Stores

We’ve always needed lighting in our homes, but shopping for lights has become so much more fun with endless stylish, affordable lighting options available and so many places online to find inspiration.

While people used to only buy lights once - when they built or renovated their home - they are now able to choose new lights every season. Luckily, Melbourne is home to some of the best shopping in the nation (and beyond!), and that includes lighting stores.

Below are some of the best independent lighting stores Melbourne has to offer to help you plan your next shopping trip.

Creative Lighting

Creative Lighting was based in Eltham for most of its history, before moving to its new concept showroom in Blackburn earlier this year. The store was established in 1997, and eventually bought by its current Design Directors, Jillian Pool and Damian Costello. With over 30 years of experience in lighting design, they say, “our endeavour is to create beautifully illuminated spaces, for the people who inhabit them”. Creative Lighting offers consulting and design services, and also hold in-house events for industry and design professionals.

Address: 245 Whitehorse Road, Blackburn,...


5 of Our Favourite Melbourne Lighting Stores

We’ve always needed lighting in our homes, but shopping for lights has become so much more fun with endless stylish, affordable lighting options available and so many places online to find inspiration.

While people used to only buy lights once - when they built or renovated their home - they are now able to choose new lights every season. Luckily, Melbourne is home to some of the best shopping in the nation (and beyond!), and that includes lighting stores.

Below are some of the best independent lighting stores Melbourne has to offer to help you plan your next shopping trip.

Creative Lighting

Creative Lighting was based in Eltham for most of its history, before moving to its new concept showroom in Blackburn earlier this year. The store was established in 1997, and eventually bought by its current Design Directors, Jillian Pool and Damian Costello. With over 30 years of experience in lighting design, they say, “our endeavour is to create beautifully illuminated spaces, for the people who inhabit them”. Creative Lighting offers consulting and design services, and also hold in-house events for industry and design professionals.

Address: 245 Whitehorse Road, Blackburn, 3130

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Lighting Lighting Lighting

Lighting Lighting Lighting is a purely online lighting store based in Melbourne, created to be accessible to everyone. They offer beautiful designer pieces you can buy from the comfort of your own home. Without a physical showroom and the costs of consultation and design, customers can save. As they say on site, “we believe that everyone has the right to beautiful lights, no matter what your budget is”.

Address: Online only

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Liquid Lighting

Liquid Lighting is a boutique lighting design and supply service based in Moorabbin. “We are passionate about achieving an emotion through lighting; lighting that can enhance or evoke a feeling, to create a unique atmosphere in your space.” Liquid Lighting has customers throughout Australia, Asia & Europe. In addition to their design consultancy, they have an online lighting store accessible through their website.

Address: Unit 5/2-6 Independence Street, Moorabbin, 3189

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Tida Lighting

Tida Lighting was “born due to a demand for a company to be able to supply many different lighting products under the one roof, as most electrical wholesalers have now closed their lighting departments.” Tida Lighting provide lights for both commercial and retail applications of all size. They also sell lights on their website, so you can find something without even having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Address: 4/810 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater, 3153

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DeLights (Mildura)

Okay, this one is admittedly a bit of a wildcard, since they’re not technically a lighting store Melbourne has on offer. Their Mildura showroom might not be one of the best lighting stores in Melbourne, but it is definitely one of the best lighting stores in Victoria. DeLights was established in 1978 in South Australia (Anzac Highway), launching a second store in SA (Holden Hill) before opening their Mildura store about 18 years ago. They are a family owned business, whose motto is “We specialise in innovation”. If you’re up for the drive or working on a project and want one of their consultants to come to you, it’s well worth your while.

Address: 67 Fifteenth Street, Mildura, 3500

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Whatever your next project, there’s a Melbourne lighting store for you, so be sure to take a look at these before you hit the shops.

We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products, then be sure to check out our Lighting products range.


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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."