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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Five of the Best House Plants

We are loving all of the indoor plants appearing in our instagram feeds, in interiors photos and store windows everywhere. House plants are the perfect way to bring life into a space; The green leaves add colour and a lightness.

If you haven’t had house plants before and are unsure of which plant to choose or which indoor plant will suit your space, then this guide that we've pulled together is for you!

Here are our pick of five of the best indoor plants plus video guides on caring for each of them:

  • Mother In Law's Tongue
  • Maidenhair Ferns
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig
  • Rubber Plant
  • Monstera

Pick of the Pots

Second only to the excitement of getting a new plant is most definitely finding the perfect pot to go with it. We’ve been having fun checking out what’s new instore and here’s our round up of our current favourites.

Painted Pots

There are so many gorgeous painted pots out there – it’s hard to recommend one over the other! Some are made of lightweight concrete, others from fibreglass & plaster. Our recommendation – choose the pot that you love and then check the care instructions to make sure it suits where you want to use it.

Natural Baskets & Bark Pots

There are so...


Five of the Best House Plants

We are loving all of the indoor plants appearing in our instagram feeds, in interiors photos and store windows everywhere. House plants are the perfect way to bring life into a space; The green leaves add colour and a lightness.

If you haven’t had house plants before and are unsure of which plant to choose or which indoor plant will suit your space, then this guide that we've pulled together is for you!

Here are our pick of five of the best indoor plants plus video guides on caring for each of them:

  • Mother In Law's Tongue
  • Maidenhair Ferns
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig
  • Rubber Plant
  • Monstera

Pick of the Pots

Second only to the excitement of getting a new plant is most definitely finding the perfect pot to go with it. We’ve been having fun checking out what’s new instore and here’s our round up of our current favourites.

Painted Pots

There are so many gorgeous painted pots out there – it’s hard to recommend one over the other! Some are made of lightweight concrete, others from fibreglass & plaster. Our recommendation – choose the pot that you love and then check the care instructions to make sure it suits where you want to use it.

Natural Baskets & Bark Pots

There are so many great baskets out there – choose the one that you love and that suits your plant size. If you are after something more rigid than a basket, but still natural and organic then have a look at the bark pots.

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Wondering how to choose the right pot?

Here’s what we know about choosing a pot for your favourite plant. Most of the indoor planters we saw aren’t suitable for putting a plant directly into, you are better off keeping your plant in the plastic pot and then placing that inside a more decorative pot.

Why? It all comes down to the watering. Very few plants like having wet feet – in fact it can cause them to rot. So when you are watering the majority of indoor plants, the best way to do it is to give them a good soaking and let the water drain out. This won’t happen unless your decorative pot has holes in the bottom.

It's so much better to keep your plant in its plastic pot, and take it out of the planter when you water it, let it drain and then put it back in the decorative planter.

With that out of the way, then it pretty much comes down to personal preference!

Hot tip – if you buy baskets for your plants, make sure you put an old plate into the bottom to avoid any water stains.

Discover more pots and baskets perfect for indoor plants and available to buy online on House of Home.

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Thanks so much to the lovely folk at Frankie & Coco in Hampton, Established for Design in Malvern East and Zachloe Lifestyle in South Melbourne for so kindly loaning us some of their beautiful planters for use in this shoot.


We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wishlist of products, then be sure and check out our Pots for indoor plants 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."