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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Not Quite Ready for the Full Refurb? 8 Clever and Quick Kitchen Hacks

New year, new kitchen? Or how about just a little kitchen refresh?

Have you decided that you simply can’t live with your kitchen the way it is anymore but just don’t have the budget for a complete refurbishment? It’s often a debate as to whether to take the plunge with undertaking any major renovations in the home. Really it all comes down to functionality and how efficiently the space performs for your needs.

If you find your kitchen just doesn’t work well for you and your family’s requirements, the experts will advise you to wait and to keep saving up until you can afford to re-do it properly. The reason for this is that a kitchen facelift won’t solve any design issues experienced within the layout of an existing kitchen.

However, if your kitchen still functions well but looks like it needs some TLC, then you have come to the right place. We have some sound advice on how to give the heart of your home a fresh look for 2018.

We reached out to kitchen design experts Mint Kitchens and Smarter Bathrooms and Kitchens to find out what are some of the easiest ways to update the look and feel of a kitchen without having to undertake a major renovation.

Below are eight easy...


Not Quite Ready for the Full Refurb? 8 Clever and Quick Kitchen Hacks

New year, new kitchen? Or how about just a little kitchen refresh?

Have you decided that you simply can’t live with your kitchen the way it is anymore but just don’t have the budget for a complete refurbishment? It’s often a debate as to whether to take the plunge with undertaking any major renovations in the home. Really it all comes down to functionality and how efficiently the space performs for your needs.

If you find your kitchen just doesn’t work well for you and your family’s requirements, the experts will advise you to wait and to keep saving up until you can afford to re-do it properly. The reason for this is that a kitchen facelift won’t solve any design issues experienced within the layout of an existing kitchen.

However, if your kitchen still functions well but looks like it needs some TLC, then you have come to the right place. We have some sound advice on how to give the heart of your home a fresh look for 2018.

We reached out to kitchen design experts Mint Kitchens and Smarter Bathrooms and Kitchens to find out what are some of the easiest ways to update the look and feel of a kitchen without having to undertake a major renovation.

Below are eight easy ways to upgrade without of inconvenience of dust and demolition.

  • Tidy Up

  • Invest in Bar Stools or Re-paint them

  • Paint the Kitchen or Create a Feature Wall

  • Paint Cupboard Fronts or Island Bench

  • Update Cabinetry Hardware

  • Replace Your Splashback

  • Replace Tapware

  • Update Lighting

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Tidy Up

Sounds simple but half the battle can be won just by clearing surfaces of clutter and finding a home for everything! When surfaces are clear they create the illusions of having more space.

Don’t leave things like herbs, oils, jars, tea bags, or cookware on the counter tops or at least try to limit the amount left out. These items create visual obstructions and will leave the kitchen looking untidy. Try to find a home for these items inside the cupboards.

If you can store the microwave, toaster and kettle on a shelf this will also help to free up bench space and give you more room to prepare food.

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Invest in Bar Stools or Re-paint them

If you have an Island Bench with some less than desirable looking stools, replace them. New modern looking stools can create a focal point which can detract from other elements of the kitchen you may not love. When selecting new stools, be sure to select the correct height for your bench top.

As a standard bench tops are either 900-920mm but can even go as high as 1050mm high. Therefore check with the supplier if they have the correct size stool for this height. Generally stools will be 650mm for a 900-920mm high island or 750mm high for a 1050mm high.

If you have wooden bar stools and looking for a fun D.I.Y project, then why not try to up-cycle them? You could either paint them a fun colour or, if they are stained, try sanding them back to the original timber and then oil or varnish them, or stain them a different timber colour.

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Paint the Kitchen or Create a Feature Wall

Take note of the colour of your walls. Are they a dull-off white or leaning toward beige, or worse a bolder colour such as yellow? A fresh coat of a brighter shade of white paint will help to make the kitchen look crisp and clean. White also reflects light and will help to make your kitchen feel more open and spacious.

Another trick to making your kitchen stand out is to incorporate a feature wall behind your kitchen cabinetry. For example a grey or charcoal wall behind a bank of white cabinetry can really make them ‘pop’ and look more sophisticated.

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Paint Cupboard Fronts or Island Bench

If you have a timber kitchen in a dark wood or something that you feel is dated the good news is it can always be painted! Doing this yourself is a great way to save money and will give the kitchen a whole new lease of life!

If you have an island bench that can be painted too and can look fabulous in a contrasting colour to your kitchen cabinetry.

Update Cabinetry Hardware

The easiest update of them all! New cabinet handles can make all the difference to dated looking cupboards. There are so many designs to choose from you will have no problem finding a style to suit your kitchen and help to conquer your kitchen refresh!

Replace Your Splashback

Dated tiles or colour backed glass will be a strong focal point in a kitchen. Splashbacks can be retiled easily and new tiles can be placed on top of what is existing. Tiles area great option as they are available in a multitude of textures, finishes, colours and patterns. They are also available at varying price points to meet all budgets.

Tiles aren’t the only answer to your new splashback needs, other materials such as acrylic, pressed tin panels or Reflection panels which are made of an aluminium skin and a high density mineral fibre core and a high gloss paint coating are another reasonable cost effective solution.

Alternatively, if you are on a really tight budget your tiles can be repainted (as shown in the image below). However, proceed with caution and do your research on how to prep, prime and paint them properly otherwise the result may be less than desirable. A grout pen can be purchased to freshen up the grout.

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Replace Tapware

Your kitchen tap counts! Having a beautiful feature tap can add a much needed sculptural element and level of detail to bring up the calibre of your kitchen. Not to mention, can improve the level of functionality in your kitchen.

Update Lighting

The wrong type of lighting can make or break a kitchen; it can be too dark or too bright or the wrong colour temperature (i.e cool instead of warm). These things can make a big difference to the ambience of your kitchen.

Additionally so can feature lighting. If you have outdated pendant fittings over your bench top or island now is the time to part ways and find a design or style that works well with your existing kitchen design.

Adding in some built in kitchen cabinetry lighting is a good investment for both task lighting and feature lighting and can be nice to leave on at night to create a nice glow from the kitchen. In the same way new bar new bar stools can, new lighting will create a beautiful focal point that can detract from any less favoured elements of the kitchen.

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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."