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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Guide to Home Office Design & Styles

Working remotely is set to become the way of the future.

According to many entrepreneurial business sites such as Forbes, Fast Company and Fast Co-Exist it is predicted that 50% of people will work from a home office by 2020. This new way of working is more than just a fleeting trend - it is going to become a way of life for many.

Studies show that working remotely improves productivity, makes people happier and increases levels of creativity. As a result, many companies are now adopting this new practice and encouraging employees to work from home.

The year 2020 may sound like the distant future but it's actually less than three years away! Now is the time to start thinking about your own home office and becoming remote-ready for the big shift in workplace environments.

Stay ahead of the curve and create your own successful home work-place with our guide to home office design below. We take you through seven simple steps to help you optimise your work space and will show you seven of the most popular home office styles guaranteed to motivate and inspire!

  • Optimise Your Work Space in 7 Simple Steps
  • Discover 7 Different Home Office Styles

Optimise Your Work Space in 7...


Guide to Home Office Design & Styles

Working remotely is set to become the way of the future.

According to many entrepreneurial business sites such as Forbes, Fast Company and Fast Co-Exist it is predicted that 50% of people will work from a home office by 2020. This new way of working is more than just a fleeting trend - it is going to become a way of life for many.

Studies show that working remotely improves productivity, makes people happier and increases levels of creativity. As a result, many companies are now adopting this new practice and encouraging employees to work from home.

The year 2020 may sound like the distant future but it's actually less than three years away! Now is the time to start thinking about your own home office and becoming remote-ready for the big shift in workplace environments.

Stay ahead of the curve and create your own successful home work-place with our guide to home office design below. We take you through seven simple steps to help you optimise your work space and will show you seven of the most popular home office styles guaranteed to motivate and inspire!

  • Optimise Your Work Space in 7 Simple Steps
  • Discover 7 Different Home Office Styles

Optimise Your Work Space in 7 Simple Steps

1. Clear Away Clutter

A clean desk equals a clear mind. It's impossible to think straight under a mountain of paperwork. Implementing a paperless office not only improves productivity, it's much better for the environment.

Physical clutter competes for your attention and can result in a decreased level of performance and increases stress. However, if you do a have important documents to refer to, they can be kept tidy by introducing some clever office storage solutions.

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2. Keep Clean, Tidy & Comfortable

Keep your work space dust and dirt free. Cleaning up your desk each evening upon finishing work will provide you will a clean canvas for you to get stuck into work first thing the next morning. The act of cleaning your desk each evening can also help to subconscioulsy cleanse the mind of any stress that maybe been felt during the day.

3. Stand Tall and Proud with a Sit Stand Desk

Work place ergonomics no longer just refer to the correct positioning and height of ones seat, monitor and keyboard. Scientific studies continue to suggest that prolonged sitting significantly increases risk for earlier death and the onset of diseases, such as cancer or cardiovascular disease. As such, height-adjustable standing desks are set to become the norm. Transitioning from seated to standing position is also said to increase productivity.

4. Create a 'Vision Board'

A vision board displays everything that inspires you, it can include goals for yourself and your business. Pin up anything that motivates you - quotes, images, or type up your goals, hopes and dreams. Display your board somewhere you can see to connect with your images and refer to them everyday.

Guide to Home Office Design and Styles Vision Board 1

5. Introduce Background Music.

Music helps to make repetitive tasks more enjoyable. Studies also show that listening to sift background music increases creativity and productivity. When listening to music, the brain triggers the release of the ‘pleasure chemical’ called dopamine that increases happiness.

6. Add Plants & Botanicals

Plants purify the the air and with green being the most restful colour to the human eye, evokes a sense of calm and well being. Plant pots are a great way to bring a pop of colour and vibrancy to your work space.

Not a green thumb but would still like to have some greenery dotted around the office? Faux plants are a great solution! Green is the most restful colour to the eye. It encourages mental clarity and helps to recharge and calm us so having plants in the office (whether real or faux )is advantageous.

7. Let the Sun Shine in

The health benefits of natural light over artificial are huge. Natural light promotes productivity and increases as sense of well-being and happiness as it is linked to a sense of freedom. Artificial light can cause drowsiness, induce headaches and can actually affect ones sleep in the evening also.

Wherever possible try to locate your desk beside a window, either facing the window or with the window to one side of your desk. Never sit with your back to a window as light will reflect onto your monitor screen making it difficult to view.

Guide to Home Office Design and Styles Natural Light

Discover 7 Different Home Office Styles

So now you are equipped to create the perfect office space, it's time to select a style that resonates with you. Below are seven awesome examples of the different types of home office styles. Which one will you choose?

Scandinavian Home Office Style

The Scandinavian aesthetic unites simplicity, with purity and liveability. This style is renowned for its paired back minimalism and a light, bright and airy atmosphere. A Scandi colour scheme consists of neutral tones or an all white backdrop that is highlighted by pale timbers with accents of black. Tactile, textural fabrics and soft muted colours such as pale pink, blue or mint are all elements of this style.

To learn more about this style visit our article Creating a Scandinavian Vibe at Home.

Guide to Home Office Design and Styles Scandinavian Style

Industrial Home Office Style

The Industrial style feature an eclectic combination of vintage, retro pieces that have rustic charm. Reclaimed timbers and raw metals that have a utilitarian feel to them work well to create this style. Think warehouse or loft conversion with lots of character.

To learn more about this style visit our article What is Industrial Style Furniture?.

Guide to Home Office Design and Styles Industrial Style

Mid-Century Modern Home Office Style

Mid-Century Modern is a style from the mid 20th century era that produced iconic designers such as the likes of Eames, Wegner, Poulsen and Jacobsen and more. The style took the world by storm as it moved away from the highly ornate detailing of previous and embraced the modern technology of the day.

The high demand for modern furniture to be produced quickly after the two world wars meant that functionality replaced highly decorative furniture pieces. The new mid-century style took on a form of clean, simple and sleek lines with bold colours.

Guide to Home Office Design and Styles Mid Century Modern

Hampton's Home Office Style

A coastal inspired yet elegant look that has a twist of farmhouse. This style manages to capture a relaxed laid-back vibe while remaining classic and sophisticated. Wicker, rattan and painted white timbers with navy hues and stripes or coastal inspired motifs are all a staple characteristic of this look.

To learn more about this style visit our article Perfecting the French Provincial and Hampton's Styles.

Guide to Home Office Design and Styles Hamptons Style

Tailored Elegance Home Office Style

While many of the other styles offer a clean and simple aesthetic the Tailored Elegance look offer a little bit of luxe in the form of materials, finishes and detailing. In this style you will find more ornate pieces of furniture in materials such as brass or bronze or interesting details such as scalloped edges or timber paneling can be found. Velvet upholstery with deep buttoning and Mongolian sheepskin that over softness, sheen and shine and to the glamour.

This style can be compared with Hollywood Regency, to find out more visit our article Your Complete Guide To Hollywood Regency Style.

Guide to Home Office Design and Styles Tailored Elegance Style

Modern Home Office Style

The modern design style is defined by clean lines, simple geometry and a colour palette of neutrals that incorporates the elements of natural materials such as timber, stone along with metal and glass. The words 'sleek' and 'clutter-free' are often used to describe a modern design style interior. This style is offers the appearance of a highly functional and organised space that isn't overly decorated. This lack of decorative finishes creates a sense of openness and spaciousness.

Guide to Home Office Design and Styles Modern

Traditional Home Office Style

Traditional furniture lends itself to older style homes that want to retain or accentuate some of it's original style from the Victorian era. The Traditional look is characterised by old-world style, craftmanship and dark, heavy woods such as mahogany. Alternatively timber, painted white or for a softer more classic look can also be considered traditional. Heavy full length curtains or even swags and tails can be found in a traditional style home.

To discover more visit our article What is Traditional Style Furniture?.

Guide to Home Office Design and Styles Traditional Style

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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."