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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Introducing Castlery Furniture to Australia

It’s the biggest question asked by homeowners.

Where do you find quality, stylish furniture at fair prices - beyond those offered by the usual go-to brands that offer mass-produced pieces?

If you have ever asked yourself this question before and felt the frustration of not being able to find that balance between cheap vs. luxury. You will be so pleased to hear we have found it for you!

Currently, Australia’s best kept secret (but soon to be the talk of the town) is furniture and home accessories store Castlery. They are already a well established and huge name in Singapore and have recently expanded into Australia. What’s even more exciting is that Castlery have just joined the House of Home marketplace.

We are so thrilled to welcome this amazing furniture brand to our platform and introduce their fantastic collection to you. Whether you’re looking to furnish your entire home, or are just searching for that "finishing touch piece," Castlery is the answer to your interior decorating prayers!

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Founded in Singapore in 2013, they make and deliver a wide range of furniture designs from sofas and dining sets, to bed frames, mattresses and home accessories like rugs...


Introducing Castlery Furniture to Australia

It’s the biggest question asked by homeowners.

Where do you find quality, stylish furniture at fair prices - beyond those offered by the usual go-to brands that offer mass-produced pieces?

If you have ever asked yourself this question before and felt the frustration of not being able to find that balance between cheap vs. luxury. You will be so pleased to hear we have found it for you!

Currently, Australia’s best kept secret (but soon to be the talk of the town) is furniture and home accessories store Castlery. They are already a well established and huge name in Singapore and have recently expanded into Australia. What’s even more exciting is that Castlery have just joined the House of Home marketplace.

We are so thrilled to welcome this amazing furniture brand to our platform and introduce their fantastic collection to you. Whether you’re looking to furnish your entire home, or are just searching for that "finishing touch piece," Castlery is the answer to your interior decorating prayers!

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Founded in Singapore in 2013, they make and deliver a wide range of furniture designs from sofas and dining sets, to bed frames, mattresses and home accessories like rugs and floor lamps.

They launched in Australia in June 2017, and currently deliver across major cities like – Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle and the Gold Coast and are working to expand their delivery coverage.

We chatted with Castlery about what their esteemed customers can expect from shopping with them. Read on to discover more.

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What makes Castlery different?

Many homeowners seek designs beyond mass-market pieces but don’t want to break the bank with luxury items and Castlery fills that gap. Because of our streamlined supply chain and retail process, we produce well-made designer furniture at a great price, minus the middlemen markups.

We design with the consumer in mind. In addition to affordability, we understand a key constraint to urban living is space. Hence our products are designed to not only be chic and accessible, but also extremely functional.

Tell us about your favourite and most popular products at the moment?

That would have to be our Luna Collection – This range is created from our collaboration with talented Polish designer Krystian Kowalski, the Luna collection is the quintessential contemporary classic. For those looking for a living area unlike any other, the Luna exudes class in a modern way. Its gentle curves and kidney cushions not only adds to the grace of the piece but to its extreme comfort.

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Our George Dining Set is also a winner – This is a collection that represents a fusion of styles. It is mid-century modern inspired with a dash of deco in the brass elements which instantly elevates its luxe factor. We love its contrast of spunk and sophistication.

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And our beautiful Zachary Bed – The wrap-around plush fabric headboard is what makes this bedframe really stand out from the rest. It's a modern contemporary piece with its roots in the classical aesthetic. The softness of the headboard contrasts beautifully against the warm of the walnut veneer and black powder coated legs. It’s definitely a bed you’ll never want to get out of.

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What makes your store special?

Customers can touch and feel our products in our showroom located at 42D, 110 Bourke Road, Alexandria NSW 2015. We try our best to provide most inspiring experience we possibly can, and they can expect following services from our team.

  • 1-on-1 Attention - Customers can fix a 1-on-1 appointment with a Castlery Interior Consultant. Our consultant will work with you to identify your needs and areas of concerns. You can provide us with floor plan and image reference of areas that you wish to makeover, from bedroom, dining or living room to shelving and storage problems. Our Interior Consultants will not only provide a guided experience of the different products on display but will also work with you to help create your dream interior.

  • Interior Styling Advice – Based on your vision and needs, our Interior Consultants will give professional advice on recommended furniture options and colour palettes.

  • Customisation – Many of our fabric items can be customised. We provide a wide range of fabric and leather options to touch and choose from. Our Interior Consultants can also provide recommendations on which fabric is best suited to be customised with which designs.

  • Continue shopping online – With our e-commerce website customers can continue to browse product information at our computer stations within the store, or complete their purchase online after visiting through us or House of Home.

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What other new and exciting things are happening at Castlery?

The development of our Castlery Designer Feat. Series. In May 2017, we launched our very first international designer series called Castlery Feat. It is another step forward in our efforts to democratise quality furniture designs for the masses. It also allows independent furniture designers to reach the wider middle-income consumer.

So far, we’ve launched 4 Castlery Feat. collections namely;

  • Bambu – a modern eclectic living room collection made in collaboration with Spanish design studio Yonoh.
  • Strato - a contemporary dining collection for which we worked with Italian designer Paolo Cappello.
  • Veil - an upholstered storage collection by Netherlands-based designer Phil Procter.
  • Luna – a sofa collection created with Polish designer Krystian Kowalski.

Bambu

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Strato

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Veil

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Luna

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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 Castlery's product ranges.


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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."