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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Outdoor Heater Options

There is nothing better than being outdoors with friends and family. Adding a fireplace or firepit to your outdoor space adds warmth and ambience and gives you the option to use the space all year round, not just in the warmer months.

There are lots of options for adding heating to your outdoor areas, but if you can make it work, an outdoor fireplace is the ultimate. Outdoor Fireplaces are available in both gas and wood models, and while they do require proper installation, the payback in terms of the overall look, what it adds to your al fresco area in terms of design and ambience, as well as the added value it brings to your home, make it well and truly worth it. Plus – they are great at warming up a space.

Read on to learn about the outdoor heating options available, some of the advantages and disadvantages of each, and some inspirational installation and design ideas.

Outdoor Fireplace Ideas

Jetmaster Outdoor Wood Fireplace Ideas - House of Home

When you are looking at outdoor fireplace options, one of your first choices is choosing between whether you would prefer a wood or gas fireplace. Lets talk about wood fireplaces first. There is really nothing better than a real wood fire – the smell, the crackle & hiss...


Outdoor Heater Options

There is nothing better than being outdoors with friends and family. Adding a fireplace or firepit to your outdoor space adds warmth and ambience and gives you the option to use the space all year round, not just in the warmer months.

There are lots of options for adding heating to your outdoor areas, but if you can make it work, an outdoor fireplace is the ultimate. Outdoor Fireplaces are available in both gas and wood models, and while they do require proper installation, the payback in terms of the overall look, what it adds to your al fresco area in terms of design and ambience, as well as the added value it brings to your home, make it well and truly worth it. Plus – they are great at warming up a space.

Read on to learn about the outdoor heating options available, some of the advantages and disadvantages of each, and some inspirational installation and design ideas.

Outdoor Fireplace Ideas

Jetmaster Outdoor Wood Fireplace Ideas - House of Home

When you are looking at outdoor fireplace options, one of your first choices is choosing between whether you would prefer a wood or gas fireplace. Lets talk about wood fireplaces first. There is really nothing better than a real wood fire – the smell, the crackle & hiss of the fire, being able to toast marshmallows, sitting around an open fire outdoors creates special memories.

Achieving this though does take a little more effort – you need a properly built chimney to sit your firebox into. This will make sure that the smoke clears the area, and that there is no chance of creating a fire hazard. Of course, a real wood fire also means that you’ll need to source firewood, need to light the fire, and clean up afterwards. But truly – there is nothing better.

Outdoor Gas Fire

Jetmaster Outdoor Gas Fire Ideas - House of Home

So if you love the look of the open fire and flames flickering, but are a little less sold on the idea of lighting your own fire, then a gas fireplace is perfect for you. Gas fireplaces give you nearly all of the ambience of an open wood fire – soft light, flickering flames,but they are super convenient.

A gas fire can be flicked on with the click of a button, they heat up fast, and there’s no mess to clean up. Of course they are perfect for bringing people together, and add ambience and a focal point to your outdoor space. Plus they are slightly more straightforward to install – they don’t require a flue or a chimney for installation.

Outdoor Fire Pit

Jetmaster Custom Outdoor Fireplace Ideas - House of Home

If you’re looking for an outdoor heating option that doesn’t involve as much installation or construction as a wood or gas fireplace, and has the option of being moved around more readily, then a firepit might be better for you.

Firepits are available in both gas and wood. Gas firepits are super convenient – both to install and to use. Gas Firepits can either be plumbed direct to your natural gas supply plumbed by a qualified gas plumber or you can run off bottled LPG.

Gas Firepits can be used in an undercover al fresco area without any flueing. They don’t smell, give off smoke and are easy to turn on and off, giving instant warmth and ambience to a space, and you don’t need to worry about keeping wood dry.

Easy Guide to Outdoor Fireplaces

Easy Guide to Outdoor Fireplaces - House of Home

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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."