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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Top Tips For Designing A Play Or Rumpus Room

Creating a children’s room or rumpus room is a wonderful way to make sure that toys have a home as well as creating a special and welcoming place for kids to play and be creative.

Worried about a messy playroom? Discover how to make this space beautiful as well as practical.

Beds

A rumpus room or playroom is a great way to contain the kids interior play area but that doesn’t mean that the room has to be taken over by toys. If you’re pushed for space but like the idea of a play room, considering having the children share a bedroom- and maybe some bunk beds- and then create your rumpus room.

Storage

The best way to create a playroom that you can enjoy along with the kids is to ensure that there’s a storage place for everything in the room. If the different toys and activities in the room each have their own place, cleaning up is easy and might even be a pleasure.

Make sure the storage spaces are easy for children to use- look at toy boxes, low open cabinets or shelves and make sure they won’t catch little fingers!

kids-rumpus-room-jpeg

Furniture which is Durable

When you’re approaching your interior design scheme, you can keep the room welcoming for the kids while still...


Top Tips For Designing A Play Or Rumpus Room

Creating a children’s room or rumpus room is a wonderful way to make sure that toys have a home as well as creating a special and welcoming place for kids to play and be creative.

Worried about a messy playroom? Discover how to make this space beautiful as well as practical.

Beds

A rumpus room or playroom is a great way to contain the kids interior play area but that doesn’t mean that the room has to be taken over by toys. If you’re pushed for space but like the idea of a play room, considering having the children share a bedroom- and maybe some bunk beds- and then create your rumpus room.

Storage

The best way to create a playroom that you can enjoy along with the kids is to ensure that there’s a storage place for everything in the room. If the different toys and activities in the room each have their own place, cleaning up is easy and might even be a pleasure.

Make sure the storage spaces are easy for children to use- look at toy boxes, low open cabinets or shelves and make sure they won’t catch little fingers!

kids-rumpus-room-jpeg

Furniture which is Durable

When you’re approaching your interior design scheme, you can keep the room welcoming for the kids while still making sure it works for you and your budget. When you’re choosing furniture for the rumpus room you’ll want to look at furniture which is durable.

Look at darker colours and tougher materials. If you can, you will want to look at floor boards or tiles rather than carpet. If you have carpet consider a rug made of a tough material like a sisal.

Sofa beds

Make sure that there’s an area for quiet time as well as the play space. Consider putting in a couch or sofa for reading and curling up. A good option for the sofa can be to invest in a pull out couch which can double as a guest bed. Perfect for unexpected guests or group sleepovers.

Change Bedrooms to Study's

Remember the the kids won’t need a play room forever. If you choose carefully, you can buy furniture which will grow with the children and can still be used later on when the playroom might become another bedroom or a study. If the kids are young enough to require smaller size chairs or tables, save money here, you won’t have them for years!

Artwork

Be creative with the walls and make this a fun area for kids. Walls are one thing that are relatively easy to change later on! Think about creating a mural or using decals to create a fun colourful scene. Another great option is to use blackboard paint to turn a wall or door into a great canvas for creative kids.

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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."