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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Leave The 80s At The Footpath

Fiona and Paul suspect that back in the 1980s when their Brighton home was built, it was probably pretty amazing for its time. The problem more recently however, was that the ‘wow’ had waned.

Fiona immediately singles out curved walls when asked what was so wrong with the fascade of their home. They were rounded, brick walls with a scratched rendering finish, leaving rough vertical lines along the façade of the home.

Add to this wooden cream windows, a tilted sloping veranda (complete of course with matching cream coloured tin), all framed by a rendered fence with cream lattice inserts and you have, well, authentic 80s at their very best or very worst (depending where you sit on the pop culture scale).

It was actually the lattice inserts that served as the straw to break the camel’s back. They just had to go, which prompted Fiona and Paul to ask themselves why the whole façade couldn’t just go with them…

1980 Home Facade

They encountered their first obstacle fairly early into the process. Some architects with whom they met were reticent to work on just a façade. Some were reticent to share too much detail unless officially appointed.

Eventually however, Fiona and Paul found...


Leave The 80s At The Footpath

Fiona and Paul suspect that back in the 1980s when their Brighton home was built, it was probably pretty amazing for its time. The problem more recently however, was that the ‘wow’ had waned.

Fiona immediately singles out curved walls when asked what was so wrong with the fascade of their home. They were rounded, brick walls with a scratched rendering finish, leaving rough vertical lines along the façade of the home.

Add to this wooden cream windows, a tilted sloping veranda (complete of course with matching cream coloured tin), all framed by a rendered fence with cream lattice inserts and you have, well, authentic 80s at their very best or very worst (depending where you sit on the pop culture scale).

It was actually the lattice inserts that served as the straw to break the camel’s back. They just had to go, which prompted Fiona and Paul to ask themselves why the whole façade couldn’t just go with them…

1980 Home Facade

They encountered their first obstacle fairly early into the process. Some architects with whom they met were reticent to work on just a façade. Some were reticent to share too much detail unless officially appointed.

Eventually however, Fiona and Paul found George from Dakis Design, who proved himself to be every much the 80's architectural whisperer.

The brief was fairly simple – please modernise the façade. Surprisingly at first to Fiona and Paul, George didn’t banish the curves.

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Instead, he worked to accentuate the existing positives of the façade and in doing so, managed to soften the perceived curvature and let it harmonise with the other features. Window positions, sizes and shapes were altered. This made a vast difference both outside and inside.

The original roofline sloped down to one side (80s – all about the diagonals), but has since been squared up with bricks and render.

George also brought to the couple a menu of materials they would never have otherwise considered.

Paul managed the build himself, which was necessary given the vast number of distinct tradespeople required; for a ‘small’ project, this renovation certainly called on a significant cast to be realised.

This was made a little easier given Fiona works at womo.com.au – a website featuring ‘word of mouth’ reviews about businesses and services Australia-wide.

The reno is now 80% complete and Fiona and Paul are feeling the 80s slip away just a little bit more with each day that passes.

Garden Old Facade

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Fiona and Paul’s tips to renovating a home façade:

  • Invest in getting the design right and do the whole project rather than just patch up the worst bit
  • Find an architect with whom you connect and who is willing to share their thinking with you
  • Find reliable, quality tradespeople by checking customer reviews on womo.com.au!

Renovated Facade

1980 Facade Renovation Garden

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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."