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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How to Remodel Your Bathroom to Make It More Green

When remodelling a part of the home, its easy to get caught up in trying to save time and money and sometimes going green isn't a primary concern (although it should be).

However, it doesn’t take much to make any part of your home more eco-friendly, and it can pay off in the long run in more ways than one. So, if you care about the environment and happen to have a bathroom that could use some remodelling, here are some ways in which you can make it more green.

Conserve Water

Needless to say, bathrooms use a lot of water. Luckily, there are many ways to reduce that amount. First, change your bad habits – take shorter showers instead of long baths, and don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving. Second, if you’re looking for more mechanical solutions, you can install low-flow showerheads and faucets, as well as dual-flush toilets. Finally, make sure to fix any potential water leaks as soon as they happen.

You can also reduce the cost of heating the water by insulating your water heater. This can be done by simply putting a blanket over the heater or by insulating the whole bathroom. Another option that can lower your heating bills is reducing the temperature...


How to Remodel Your Bathroom to Make It More Green

When remodelling a part of the home, its easy to get caught up in trying to save time and money and sometimes going green isn't a primary concern (although it should be).

However, it doesn’t take much to make any part of your home more eco-friendly, and it can pay off in the long run in more ways than one. So, if you care about the environment and happen to have a bathroom that could use some remodelling, here are some ways in which you can make it more green.

Conserve Water

Needless to say, bathrooms use a lot of water. Luckily, there are many ways to reduce that amount. First, change your bad habits – take shorter showers instead of long baths, and don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving. Second, if you’re looking for more mechanical solutions, you can install low-flow showerheads and faucets, as well as dual-flush toilets. Finally, make sure to fix any potential water leaks as soon as they happen.

You can also reduce the cost of heating the water by insulating your water heater. This can be done by simply putting a blanket over the heater or by insulating the whole bathroom. Another option that can lower your heating bills is reducing the temperature on the heater to around 55 °C.

Choose Water-Saving Fittings

As mentioned above, you should think about replacing your old toilet with a dual-flush one if you want to make your bathroom more green. You can also install a washing lid on top of the tank, which would allow you to first wash your hands and then use that same water for flushing your toilet.

Another great idea is installing a composting toilet – it uses little to no water and is much more eco-friendly. Next, besides installing low-flow faucets, you can go a step further and add a faucet aerator to the tip of your faucet, which can prevent splashing and help you conserve water. Moreover, if you’re thinking of replacing your cabinets as well, opt for durable natural materials such as bamboo and wood.

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Use Green Materials

When it comes to the materials, there’s no reason your bathroom can’t be both green and stylish. For example, ceramic tiles and natural stone are low maintenance, durable, and they come in many colours and patterns.

You can also replace your vinyl flooring with natural linoleum, which is much more sustainable. Additionally, instead of using wallpapers on your walls, consider painting your bathroom – just make sure to look for low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) options. Finally, if you’re not willing to give up your bathtub for a shower, there are amazing high-quality stone baths that will take your bathroom décor to a whole new level.

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Ventilate Properly

Besides making your bathroom smell, bad ventilation can also cause different kinds of harmful mould and bacteria to appear. This is why you should ensure that your bathroom is properly ventilated, so it can stay dry and fresh. Open your windows if the weather is nice, and consider buying a fan with a timer switch or a humidity-sensing switch, so you don’t have to think about turning it off.

Think About the Light

Regardless of the size of your bathroom, your lighting choices can influence your energy bill. Therefore, try to let in as much natural light as you can during the day. Also, instead of using the regular light bulbs, opt for LED lights that use less energy, shine brighter, and emit less heat. They might be a bit more expensive initially, but they can make a big difference after only a year, so don’t hesitate to improve your lighting fittings.

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If you want to do your part in preserving the environment, be smart when remodelling your bathroom. Don’t buy something just because it’s cheap or attractive – focus on the eco-friendly options. Make your bathroom green by saving water and energy, using LED lights, upgrading your fittings, and using green materials. This way, you will be able to truly enjoy your bathroom knowing that you did something good not just for your wallet but also for the whole planet.


Thanks to Catherine for contributing this guest post. We hope you enjoyed reading it! If you're inspired to start your bathroom re-model check out our range of bathroom products here.


Catherine Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, and she also likes sharing her advice and knowledge with people. She is a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.


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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."