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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Spring Decorating Trends - Electro Botanical

At last! It’s that wonderful time of the year when the sun is shining more brightly, the chirping of birds sounds more sprightly, flowers are beginning to blossom beautifully and everyone starts to feel like they have more spring in their step.

It’s that lovely change of seasons that turns our mother earth in a wonderland of colour and brings us a joie de vivre like no other. Yes, it’s Spring time!

Key Trends for Spring

Move over monochrome, this Spring interiors are leaping forth into an abundance of colour.

Just as our seasons are cyclical so our interior trends. This tends to happen because as our mood changes so does the way we live; in Winter we want to be warm and cosy with soft mood lighting and snuggly textiles, however in Spring and summer we are ready for the change and want to add life and vibrancy to our homes and freshen things up.

Fortunately, this year, vibrancy is exactly what we are going to get! Get ready to be excited; ‘Electro Botanical’ is the new trend bursting onto the scene and into our homes this Spring and Summer.

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Electro Botanical Style

Following in the footsteps of fashion, furnishings and décor are going to be beautiful but daring! This...


Spring Decorating Trends - Electro Botanical

At last! It’s that wonderful time of the year when the sun is shining more brightly, the chirping of birds sounds more sprightly, flowers are beginning to blossom beautifully and everyone starts to feel like they have more spring in their step.

It’s that lovely change of seasons that turns our mother earth in a wonderland of colour and brings us a joie de vivre like no other. Yes, it’s Spring time!

Key Trends for Spring

Move over monochrome, this Spring interiors are leaping forth into an abundance of colour.

Just as our seasons are cyclical so our interior trends. This tends to happen because as our mood changes so does the way we live; in Winter we want to be warm and cosy with soft mood lighting and snuggly textiles, however in Spring and summer we are ready for the change and want to add life and vibrancy to our homes and freshen things up.

Fortunately, this year, vibrancy is exactly what we are going to get! Get ready to be excited; ‘Electro Botanical’ is the new trend bursting onto the scene and into our homes this Spring and Summer.

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Electro Botanical Style

Following in the footsteps of fashion, furnishings and décor are going to be beautiful but daring! This style will transport you to an eco-wonderland of courageous colours, enchanting textures and expressive patterns.

Replacing the dark, moody hues of winter and the minimalist, muted tones of previous seasons, this new palette unites colour with more colour. Expect to see a powerful palette that is rich, warm and brimming with botanical motifs and organic forms such as bountiful blooms and fabulous foliage.

Spring Decorating

By the time Winter has officially ended most of us feel well and truly ready for a Spring time refresh. As much as we might like to update our living spaces each and every season, the practicality of doing so isn’t always the most attainable due to budget or time constraints.

The good news is there are many quick and easy ways to introduce new season colour trends to the home without having to break the bank or devote too much time to changing things over. Below are a few suggestions around what furniture and décor items are the most easy to swap out and re-introduce with something new.

Spring Furniture & Décor

If you’re just looking to add touches of that spring time feeling, décor is your first point of call. Changing over your artworks, rug and accessories can add a whole new lease of life to a room. You can change up the theme completely just by swapping out colours, textures and prints.

A fresh coat of paint is the easiest way to create a new look that will brighten and change the mood of room. However, another fantastic alternative to paint is wall paper, and if you are looking for a fully flexible solution, a removable wall mural is the answer.

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Removable Wall Paper

One of our favourite products on the market is a removable wall paper product by a company called Pickawall. These murals can be printed to any size or design and can be easily installed and removed without leaving any signs of glue. They have a huge array of designs to choose from, or you can select your own from stock sites Alamy or Getty images, or you can have a custom design created.

Our stunning Pickawall wall mural was designed by graphic designer and illustrator Julia Chapman.

Fabrics & Cushions

With their tactile nature and vast array of designs and patterns, fabrics and cushions are perfect for spicing up your home without too much expense or commitment. This year fabrics are bright, colourful and bountiful with blooms or exotic botanical motifs. These designs bring fun and a sense wonder and whimsy to a room.

If you are looking to add punches of colour and pattern to a room, cushions and throws allow you to do so in a subtle way. However, when teamed with gorgeous wallpaper and an eye-catching rug, cushions will balance these elements and create an overall aesthetic that is striking.

Try to keep these elements in a similar overriding colour palette so that they do not clash and a visual flow can be achieved.

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Accessories

Décor and accessories are great for introducing colour, texture and varying finishes. They also add depth and dimension to a space. They really are the icing on the cake as they help to create interest while allowing you to showcase your personal taste and style.

Décor objects can be quirky and unexpected, or just something that you love or that have a sentimental attachment to. Accessories are a must for every interior as they help to make the space feel complete.

Décor & Finishes

This spring is all about the brass. It’s definitely the favoured metallic finish for décor, furniture and lighting this year. Brightly coloured resin products are filtering through along with coloured glass and terrazzo. Books about flowers, plants and gardening make perfect coffee table literature.

Botanicals & Blooms

Botanicals and blooms are another must for any home as they breathe life into an interior. However, faux flowers and plants are making a huge comeback as they now look so life-like and require zero maintenance. They are perfect for bookcases or hard to reach places where you want to add colour but not have to worry about watering or how much sunlight the plant gets.

Get the Look

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Tips for Choosing Artwork

Art is so subjective so it’s important to choose pieces that speak to you, there are no definitive right or wrongs to choosing the composition. Just be mindful of how the piece will sit within the interior against the existing colour palette and other items of furniture.

Artwork doesn’t have to match everything in your home but it should sit harmoniously within the space. Important factors to consider are the size, scale, proportion and height that it is hung so that it looks balanced with the rest of the space.

The key artwork trends filtering through are:

  • Oversized blooms
  • Wildflower motifs
  • Native birds
  • Plant life
  • Leaves or leaf prints pressed in glass are another beautiful way to bring nature into the home without the maintenance.

Get the Look

A less commonly used way to introduce art to your home is by way of a beautifully designed and made rug. People don’t always think of this option, but if you would prefer to keep your walls minimal, the right rug will make a big statement and create a stunning focal point.

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Spring Furniture

Small Furniture Pieces

If you’re still cautious of colour, say it with an accent piece! Occasional chairs, ottomans and foot stools can add that much needed touch of colour without having to go all the way.

Furniture Finishes for Spring

Velvets, brass and glass and the key trends of this season. Velvet's provide deeper, richer colours while brass add warmth and glass helps to reflect light and keep things visually light. It’s a great material to use as it offers relief when used with the bolder colours and expressive patterns of the Electro Botanical trend.

Get the Look

Now you have all the tips and tricks you need for introducing this blooming beautiful new trend to your home. If you loved our vignettes and would like to 'Get the Look' for you home, all of the products can be found below.

Just as interiors follow trends, so do recipes and cooking. Discover the hottest dishes for Spring and Summer entertaining below.

  • Signature Spring Cocktail - Bloody Floradora
  • Delicious Springtime Poke Bowl
  • Easy Peasy Watermelon Pizza


The team at House of Home would like to thank Lorimer Gallery for the providing their stunning gallery space for our shoot. We would also like to thank the following companies whose beautiful products feature in our photo shoot.

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  • Co.Co
  • Julia Chapman Illustrations
  • Lauren Skye Studio
  • Life Interiors
  • Parker Road
  • Pickawall
  • Tina Alesi
  • Begalier Books - beaglierbooks.com.au
  • Capra Designs - capradesigns.com
  • Charlie Green Studio - charliegreenstudio.com.au
  • Designer Rugs - designerrugs.com.au
  • Lumas Gallery - au.lumas.com
  • Man Ritoli - mannritoli.com
  • Satelite - satelight.com.au


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Image Credits: Photography by Jonathan Ho, Styling by Sarah Radhanauth, Julia Chapman & Carlinea Williamson, Furniture & Decor selections by Sarah Radhanauth.


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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."