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 Ideal Home Office

These days, the thought of working from home is becoming more and more alluring for some.

Eliminating the stresses of a long commute and having your own space is very appealing. However, when it comes to setting up your own office space at home, is it as simple as it sounds? Ultimately, you need a space where you can be both productive and comfortable. As such, we look at six tips that will make a BIG difference in helping you create your ideal working environment at home.

1. Be Aware Of Your Needs

An obvious question, but an important one. What do you need to do your job successfully at home? By making a list of everything you need prior to creating your home office, you'll hopefully avoid forgetting any essential items and, it will also help create an office space that is perfectly suited to you.

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2. The Right Sized Office Desk

There are so many gorgeous tables and office desks on the market that when it comes to selecting the right one for your home office - you're spoilt for choice. Sit-down desk, stand-up desk, office desk nook, floating bench, modern, contemporary, traditional...the list goes on. As such, the key things to consider when selecting...


Create The Ideal Home Office

These days, the thought of working from home is becoming more and more alluring for some.

Eliminating the stresses of a long commute and having your own space is very appealing. However, when it comes to setting up your own office space at home, is it as simple as it sounds? Ultimately, you need a space where you can be both productive and comfortable. As such, we look at six tips that will make a BIG difference in helping you create your ideal working environment at home.

1. Be Aware Of Your Needs

An obvious question, but an important one. What do you need to do your job successfully at home? By making a list of everything you need prior to creating your home office, you'll hopefully avoid forgetting any essential items and, it will also help create an office space that is perfectly suited to you.

to-do-list-jpg

2. The Right Sized Office Desk

There are so many gorgeous tables and office desks on the market that when it comes to selecting the right one for your home office - you're spoilt for choice. Sit-down desk, stand-up desk, office desk nook, floating bench, modern, contemporary, traditional...the list goes on. As such, the key things to consider when selecting your office desk is size.

Seems like a simple consideration but, it's an important one not to get wrong. Too small and your working day will be inconvenienced, too big and it feels like your office space is all desk. Take a look at your current desk and ask yourself if it adequately fits all the things you need? If so, great. If not, think about how much more space would be ideal.

Once you have established this, be sure to measure the actual room the desk will go in and make sure it fits. There's nothing worse than falling in love with a piece of furniture only to get it home and find out it's too big for the space. Also, make sure power-points are accessible for all your devices so the cords are out of the way and don't cause any trip hazards.

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3. Comfortable Office Desk Chair

As tempting as it may be to slide on over and set up work for the day on the couch, it's a habit that you're best to try and avoid. By creating an inviting office space at home that includes a very comfortable, and supportive, office chair - you're helping to create a balance between your professional work life and your home space.

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4. Adequate Lighting

If possible, setting up your home office with lovely natural light streaming through a window with a beautiful view will help encourage your productivity. Where natural light is not available, or suitably adequate, be sure to invest in great above head lighting and consider a desk lamp for extra light. If you are lucky enough to have plenty of sunshine in your office space - be mindful of where you set your desk up as you'll have to consider your computer and the screen glare. Also, be sure to consider window coverings such as shutters or blinds to control the level of light on those particularly sunny days.

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5. Ample Storage

A work area that is cluttered and unorganised, can lead to unnecessary stress. As such, having terrific storage solutions in your home office will result in a space that is well organised, and in turn you'll work more efficiently as everything is easy to find and streamlined. Everything from boxes, baskets, file cabinets, bookshelves and built in storage are fantastic solutions for holding all your office needs.

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6. Inspiring Wall Art / Artwork

Incorporating wall art or photographs can help personalise your office space and, inspire your creativity. The opportunities are endless in terms of what you can do. A beautiful fresh coat of paint, a lovely wallpaper, motivational decor, hanging pictures of your travel adventures or installing a cork board with all your reminder notes and a calendar.

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Lastly, we came across this great little "How To..." courtesy of The Huffington Post and we thought it was a great little one to also keep in mind when designing your home office space.

Huffington Post How To Set Up Your Desk

We hope these tips have got you thinking about your home office space, how you can personalise it and in turn, create the perfect home-work environment that enhances your productivity and comfort.

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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."