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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Create the Ultimate Kids Bedroom

Children have a huge amount of energy and as such, spend a good part of their day running around wearing themselves out. It’s no wonder they require around 9-13 hours of sleep - In fact, a child will per spend up to 40% of his or her childhood asleep!

It is vital for children to get the right amount of sleep as it directly impacts on their mental and physical development. This is why it is so important for children to have a sleep sanctuary that is not only comforting and encourages quality sleep, but that also stimulates the imagination so they can have beautiful dreams.

Below are 7 sleep-friendly bedroom design ideas that are easy to introduce and will have your child begging you to go to bed early!

Children’s Beds & Bedding

The first step is to select a comfortable bed that your child can can grow into, that’s fun to look at and encourages imagination and creativity. The bed acts a main focal point for a bedroom so cute bed linen is a must. Select something that's colourful and spunky, but most importantly something that your child loves. Bed linen is the most versatile decorative element in bedrooms as it's easy to update with changing trends or children's tastes as they...


Create the Ultimate Kids Bedroom

Children have a huge amount of energy and as such, spend a good part of their day running around wearing themselves out. It’s no wonder they require around 9-13 hours of sleep - In fact, a child will per spend up to 40% of his or her childhood asleep!

It is vital for children to get the right amount of sleep as it directly impacts on their mental and physical development. This is why it is so important for children to have a sleep sanctuary that is not only comforting and encourages quality sleep, but that also stimulates the imagination so they can have beautiful dreams.

Below are 7 sleep-friendly bedroom design ideas that are easy to introduce and will have your child begging you to go to bed early!

Children’s Beds & Bedding

The first step is to select a comfortable bed that your child can can grow into, that’s fun to look at and encourages imagination and creativity. The bed acts a main focal point for a bedroom so cute bed linen is a must. Select something that's colourful and spunky, but most importantly something that your child loves. Bed linen is the most versatile decorative element in bedrooms as it's easy to update with changing trends or children's tastes as they grow up.

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Supportive Mattress and Comfy Pillows

Having a mattress and pillow that offers comfort and support that is on the firmer side helps to promote healthy bone development and keep the spine properly aligned. Purchasing a mattress topper is a good way to make firm mattresses feel softer without affecting its level of support.

Shop Children's Mattresses and Pillows.

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Storage for Children’s Rooms

Keeping the bedroom tidy and free of clutter will also help to create a sense of well-being and promote better sleep. A messy room and visual clutter can actually increase stress levels so implementing adequate storage solutions is a key consideration.

Children’s Wall Coverings

Decorating your child’s bedroom with soft muted or pastel colours will help to create a restful, calming environment. Bright, bold, solid colours can over stimulate and are better when used in designated play rooms. Select a paint that is durable and washable so any “artwork” can be easily cleaned.

Alternatively, a removable wall covering is a great option. You can choose a scene that your child loves and when they grow out of it or their tastes change, it can be easily removed and replaced. Pickawall have some great designs. Their wall coverings are highly durable made from a fabric like canvas that is self-adhesive. It does not rip or tear, can be wiped clean and is removable and reusable.

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Children’s Rugs, Cushions and Throw Blankets

Children need a soft place to land. Even if the bedroom is already carpeted adding a rug will create and extra layer of softness and define the space to create an area for playing and reading.

Adding some floor cushions to cuddle up to in a range of textures such as velvets, knitted and even fur provide a fun, soft, tactile element which could be used as a place to relax or even nap on. A soft snugly throw blanket will ensure they're always warm and cocooned.

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Night Lighting

Soft lighting creates a nice ambiance and can help promote sleep by offering a sense of security. A night light wards off monsters and offers a sense comfort to children when they wake up in the night. It’s also useful during story time which is of course an essential bed time ritual to get children to go to bed on time.

Music

Playing restful, soothing music to a child at bedtime can help to relax a child and improve sleep quality. Playing background music before bed is also said to boost brain development and even help to reduce pain.


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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."