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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Choosing The Right Cushions For Your Lounge Room

When it comes to cushions we are spoilt for choice. However, this can make the process of determining which ones will work best on your sofa a little challenging.

How do you choose the right cushion for your lounge room? One thing is for sure, it is very easy to slip into that world of cushion excess and before you know it, there’s (at least) a cushion on every piece of furniture, in every room! Here are some ideas to keep your cushion choosing on track!

The Seat-to-Cushion Ratio

There is no hard-and-fast rule to the total number of cushions you can use on furniture. However, it is generally safe to assume that a three-seater couch can handle up to six throw cushions, whilst a two-seater is usually good with about four throw cushions.

That said there is an equally strong regard for cushions in odd numbers – so in the case of a two-seater couch, opting for three cushions instead of four so as to avoid that perfectly balanced look.

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The Couch Cushions

So you’ve just purchased a brand new couch and it comes complete with matching cushions? Get rid of them! There really is nothing worse than cushions in the same fabric and same pattern as the couch on...


Choosing The Right Cushions For Your Lounge Room

When it comes to cushions we are spoilt for choice. However, this can make the process of determining which ones will work best on your sofa a little challenging.

How do you choose the right cushion for your lounge room? One thing is for sure, it is very easy to slip into that world of cushion excess and before you know it, there’s (at least) a cushion on every piece of furniture, in every room! Here are some ideas to keep your cushion choosing on track!

The Seat-to-Cushion Ratio

There is no hard-and-fast rule to the total number of cushions you can use on furniture. However, it is generally safe to assume that a three-seater couch can handle up to six throw cushions, whilst a two-seater is usually good with about four throw cushions.

That said there is an equally strong regard for cushions in odd numbers – so in the case of a two-seater couch, opting for three cushions instead of four so as to avoid that perfectly balanced look.

how-to-style-with-cushions-jpg

The Couch Cushions

So you’ve just purchased a brand new couch and it comes complete with matching cushions? Get rid of them! There really is nothing worse than cushions in the same fabric and same pattern as the couch on which they sit. No, no, no is our strong advice for this.

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The Printed Palette

There are some truly exciting cushion designs out and about now – from bold graphics to artwork replica prints to photographic imagery to delicate old-school prints, there really is no end to creative options to get the best look for your lounge room.

If you decide on a printed palette, try to employ an overriding colour theme to avoid any clashing. Adding one plain cushion into this pattern mix will help to create balance and allow they eye to rest.

The Complementary Palette

One word of advice – if you really do go all out and get a wonderfully rich combination of cushions, just aim to have at least one or two common traits linking them all (for example, a united colour) so that it’s not too over-the-top!

The Natural Palette

If however, you don’t want to draw too much attention to your lounge, or you’d prefer an overall neutral theme, then it makes sense to look for cushions with less impact – going for simple designs in pleasant shades and textured fabrics is a safe bet.

Mix and Match

Have fun with your cushion buying! If your overall room décor is quite neutral, then the more diversity in textures, patterns, prints, colours and fabrics picked up in your cushions, the more they will pop and become stand-out features.

READ MORE:

Buyers Guide to Decorative Cushions

Cushion Styling Tips.


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 our Cushion 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."