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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Laundry Love - Trends for 2018

Laundries can sometimes be a tricky space to work with. It’s one room that can vary quite greatly in size from home to home.

If you are looking to renovate, it’s worth considering the amount of space you have available to either extend your laundry, or convert the existing area into a more usable space by addressing the layout and functionality.

This article takes you through the topics below, click on them to jump ahead at anytime.

  • What is a European Laundry
  • What is a Mudroom Laundry
  • Key Trends in Laundry Design for 2018
  • The 3 Biggest Laundry Trends 2018
  • Most Popular Materials, Finishes and Colour Palettes
  • New Laundry Products for 2018
  • Laundry List Must-Haves

Depending on whether you have a large or small laundry area will determine the style of laundry that will best work for your home. There are two main styles of laundry room;

European Laundry

The first and the most compact is the European Style Laundry. This style is most commonly found in apartments, smaller older homes or units and cottages. Despite being smaller, this style of laundry doesn’t have to sacrifice on functionality or aesthetics.

The Euro laundry provides a solution for homes with a smaller laundry...


Laundry Love - Trends for 2018

Laundries can sometimes be a tricky space to work with. It’s one room that can vary quite greatly in size from home to home.

If you are looking to renovate, it’s worth considering the amount of space you have available to either extend your laundry, or convert the existing area into a more usable space by addressing the layout and functionality.

This article takes you through the topics below, click on them to jump ahead at anytime.

  • What is a European Laundry
  • What is a Mudroom Laundry
  • Key Trends in Laundry Design for 2018
  • The 3 Biggest Laundry Trends 2018
  • Most Popular Materials, Finishes and Colour Palettes
  • New Laundry Products for 2018
  • Laundry List Must-Haves

Depending on whether you have a large or small laundry area will determine the style of laundry that will best work for your home. There are two main styles of laundry room;

European Laundry

The first and the most compact is the European Style Laundry. This style is most commonly found in apartments, smaller older homes or units and cottages. Despite being smaller, this style of laundry doesn’t have to sacrifice on functionality or aesthetics.

The Euro laundry provides a solution for homes with a smaller laundry area or where the laundry may be included in the bathroom or kitchen. It’s usually concealed behind cupboard doors, allowing you to borrow space from other living areas without having to visibly see the working components of the laundry.

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Mudroom Laundry

The second, (which tends to be the most common in Australia) is considered a Mudroom laundry. This style is for those lucky enough to have additional space to play with, however, Mudrooms can vary in size; from smaller to larger areas.

A mudroom is more than just a dedicated room for washing clothes. It acts as a multi-purpose utility area that offers additional bonuses such as an airing cupboard to store linen, a cupboard to store cleaning products and appliances, a place to hang clothes and store boots, some accommodate bench seating, or even offer a dedicated place to shower or bathe a pet!

Want to learn more about Mudroom design? Visit our article What Is A Mud Room?

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Key Trends in Laundry Design for 2018

One of the biggest trends in Laundry design is the fact that more and more homemakers are now treating this space with equal importance to the rest of the rooms within the home. Once a space that seemed to often be forgotten, it’s now a priority to have well functioning laundry, with a home for everything that looks great too.

To find out more about the recent trends, we reached out to Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry design experts Mint Kitchen Group (mintkitchengroup.com.au) and smarter BATHROOMS+ (smarterbathrooms.com.au), along with Royston Wilson - President of KBDi (Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute, kbdi.org.au) to chat more about what trends are filtering though for laundries in 2018.


What are the 3 biggest trends in Laundry design for 2018?

Design Continuity from the Kitchen to the Laundry

To create a consistent feel throughout the home, the laundry is taking on a similar aesthetic matching that of the kitchen. This means creating a seamless flow by carrying over the materials and finishes and look and feel of the kitchen into the laundry.

For example, using the same stone or quartz for the bench top and having the same style of cabinetry. The laundry could have its own unique identity by incorporating a feature wall vinyl or light fitting.

“The laundry is no longer just a functional space it’s a space people spend a lot of time so people aren’t afraid to invest in this room to ensure it has a consistent aesthetic to the kitchen creating a flowing a theme throughout the home”. Russell Henderson | smarter BATHROOMS+


Additional Storage Space

“This year is all about having extra storage and bench space. There is less emphasis on laundry sinks to allow for this. Our customers are preferring to opt for a smaller basin if needed.” – Frank Iaria | Mint Kitchens


Energy efficient appliances

Appliances can account for up to 30% of your home energy use. Choosing energy and water-efficient laundry appliances save on energy and in the long term save you money. Consequently they will become the go-to option for most.

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What materials, finishes and colour palettes are expected to be popular?

Timber Finishes & Soft Greys

“A somewhat Nordic look that offers a predominantly neutral colour scheme with clean lines will continue to be preferred for laundries. As the laundry is a smaller area, most clients worry about going too bold and the room quickly dating".

"Consequently whites, blacks and textured wood grains will continue to be the main elements of the room. Different tones of white are also seen through soft greys through to mid and darker greys. A palette of soft greys to darker greys can be teamed with black or white elements for a more dramatic look.” Says Frank

Textured 3-D Tiles

"With the technology and manufacturing capabilities improving rapidly, products can be produced more cost effectively. We now have access to such a myriad of different designs and 3-D tiles have surged in popularity as they have become more affordable". Royston Wilson | President, KBDi


These stunning feature tiles are available with a three dimensional pattern or embossed texture. The result is elegant and eye-catching, yet funky and modern without being loud or over the top.

Stone Bench Tops

Stone is replacing laminate in popularity for laundry bench tops.

“Customers are using more stone in laundries to match the style of the kitchens and bathrooms. Colours used are going to be kept simple and neutral but highlighted by special little details such as the cabinetry hardware or tapware.” Says Frank

Profile Cabinetry Doors

A trend that is following on from kitchens is the preference for Profile cabinetry doors.

“We are expecting to see a bit more depth included in the kitchen cabinetry with the inclusion of profile doors, be it more subtle profiles such as vertical panelling or shallow shaker.” Says Russell.

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What new products will we see become available?

Dedicated Drying Cupboards

"Dryers cost a significant amount to run so many people are opting for vented drying cupboards over dryers. These type of cupboards have a vent in the bottom and in the top. Some have the addition of radiators in them, or an underfloor heating system."

"The benefit is that clothes are hidden. Having a dedicated cupboard allows for better utilisation of the space and negates the need for an unsightly clothes horse or washing line." Royston advises.

Washer / Dryer Combo

“Two-in-one under bench washer and dryer to save space and are becoming more popular for European style laundries as it saves so much space.” “Wherever possible the washer and dryer should be placed under a bench ad they much easier to access at this height.” Says Frank

Built in Laundry Hampers

"All laundries should include at least on pull out hamper unit for the dirty washing. It’s a simple inclusion that will change it all!" Russell advises.

Black or White Sinks

With an increase in the popularity of modern farmhouse style, many laundries are becoming less about stainless steel and more about either clean white or striking black butler style sinks. White inset laundry tubs will also be a preferred option for their ease of cleaning.

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The Laundry List

Give this hardworking room a break and make life in the laundry easier by considering following inclusions for your new laundry room.

  • A dedicated drying cupboard.

  • Ample storage & storage accessories

  • Coat racks or rails to hang shirts

  • A pull out hamper

  • Pet bathing station - A dedicated shower or bath area for pets

  • Sink covers - Custom infill panels for covering the sink create more bench space and make the area look more tidy.

  • A heat pump dryer (are much more energy efficient and cheaper to run than other dryers, plus they don't need to be vented).

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We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wish list of products, then be sure to check out our Laundry & Cleaning Product Ranges.

Want to learn more about laundry design?

Read our article: Tips for Renovating Your Laundry


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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."