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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Garage Refresh: Storage Space to Inspiring Study Nook

At House of Home we love starting a new year because it brings out the best in us. Words like ’motivation,’ ‘organisation’ and ‘goal kicking’ all spring to mind.

For many of us a new year means a fresh start. We make it a priority to get that ever-growing list of tasks just done and dusted.

Just to prove to our audience that the team at House of Home practice what they preach, we thought we would share with you a project that our office busy bee and Customer Supporter extraordinaire just completed.

Queue Bee’s recently updated garage conversion project. After what had been an idea in the making for just under a year, Bee felt enough was enough and it was time to convert her wasted (and somewhat messy) garage storage area into a fully-fledged study nook.

We chatted to Bee about how she finally got the ball rolling on this little refresh, what challenges she encountered and how they were resolved, along with the 10 simple steps she took to create this gorgeous study nook.

Getting Started

What made you decide to undertake the garage update and how did the garage look prior to this?

I’ve always wanted a creative space that was my own - where I could make a mess, be...


Garage Refresh: Storage Space to Inspiring Study Nook

At House of Home we love starting a new year because it brings out the best in us. Words like ’motivation,’ ‘organisation’ and ‘goal kicking’ all spring to mind.

For many of us a new year means a fresh start. We make it a priority to get that ever-growing list of tasks just done and dusted.

Just to prove to our audience that the team at House of Home practice what they preach, we thought we would share with you a project that our office busy bee and Customer Supporter extraordinaire just completed.

Queue Bee’s recently updated garage conversion project. After what had been an idea in the making for just under a year, Bee felt enough was enough and it was time to convert her wasted (and somewhat messy) garage storage area into a fully-fledged study nook.

We chatted to Bee about how she finally got the ball rolling on this little refresh, what challenges she encountered and how they were resolved, along with the 10 simple steps she took to create this gorgeous study nook.

Getting Started

What made you decide to undertake the garage update and how did the garage look prior to this?

I’ve always wanted a creative space that was my own - where I could make a mess, be inspired by my surroundings and then not have to deal with the consequences of cleaning up the mess straight away if I didn’t feel like it!“

I rent out our guest room, which happened to be my makeshift creative space. Every time we had guests, I had to lug all my art supplies up and down the stairs to the garage and then set up the room. “

One day, I decided that I was just going to leave all my boxes downstairs and that this nook inside the garage would be perfect! It was a project-just-waiting-to-happen space.

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Design Brief

What were your main requirements or design objectives for the new space?

I wanted a space that inspired me to be creative. Besides the basics of having a table, chair and some storage space, the new space needed to be achievable for a novice. This is my first DIY makeover project! Never painted a wall, or used a power tool in my life!

I also needed some hanging space because in my spare time, I love to work on macrame projects. You might have seen some of my ideas for House of Home’s Christmas wrapping articles! You can view one here: D.I.Y Macrame Gift Ribbons - The Nautical Knot

Design & Layout

What existing design issues were you aiming to overcome?

There were small issues that I encountered, like the giant 40cm hole in the wall to the left (access to the mains water tap), no natural light and no view!

Being the garage this space has no natural light except with the roller door open. It's cold in winter and stinking hot in summer. The surrounding is all white with concrete floors. On its own, it is dull and lifeless with horrible fluorescent lighting. I wanted to make sure it was the complete opposite once I finished. Creating a nicer ambience was essential.

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Design Objective

What was your vision for the project?

I wanted to create a beautiful and inspiring atmosphere so that when you walked into the space it felt fresh and crisp. To create a feeling similar to when you see a comfy bed and you want to jump straight into the pillows and burrow under the fresh linen and blankets (but for a work-space that inspires you to dive right into work)!

Originally, I was going to paint the feature wall Dulux Ploughed Earth to match the feature wall inside the house, however moved away from this when I was advised by House of Home’s resident Interior Designer to consider something a bit brighter, yet calming such as a dusky blue. I ended up selecting Dulux Stream.

As there was no natural light or view, the idea to bring the outside in came later when I met Sammi from the Green St Hub. She helped me create a of beautiful botanicals.

If you need quick advice on design selections or sourcing items they can help you. Just email House of Home.

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Concept Design

Where you find your inspiration and do your research?

I normally start with Pinterest and was drawn to all the Nordic / Scandinavian look. This space definitely has a scandi feel to it, a touch of Boho and the eclectic jungle vibe.

House of Home’s Electro Botanical Style article really had the aesthetic that I loved.

Once I had a good idea of the aesthetic I wanted to create, I hopped on to House of Home to research products and compare prices.

Design Details

What’s your favourite thing about the new space?

I was probably the most nervous and excited for the blue wall. It was a little more adventurous than I had original envisioned but it turned out beautifully. I absolutely love the crisp blue wall and could easily have my eyes on this colour all day and be comfortable with it.

The jungle is definitely up there - the photos just don’t do it enough justice. Standing in the space, gives you tingle - Its magical. Must be all the fresh oxygen!

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Colour, Materials & Finishes

What colour palette was chosen and why?

Blues, gold, white and brass have always stood out to me when shopping for decor. I just love the combination. I’ve always been a water baby love anything ocean inspired. Maybe it’s because I am an Aquarius!

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Design Challenges

Did you encounter any challenges completing the refresh? If so, how did you tackle them?

My main challenge was just getting started - I just needed the right motivation. Not knowing how to paint proved to be a learning curve. I hadn’t realised how much was involved in just getting the walls and shelves ready to be painted. Whenever I thought I was ready, there was a hole to fill, sand and then be cleaned. Painter’s tape saved me more than once, and so did the glad wrap/foil trick - it helped keep my paint roller fresh for the next night of painting.

Construction Period

How long did it take to complete the project?

I drew up the original plans a year ago, January 2017. I bought most of my furniture a month later, but didn’t take any action until January 2018. Life just got busy and I finally had the motivation to get down and dirty this year.

Filling, sanding and prepping the wall and shelves took about 8 hours.

Painting took about a week and a bit - I ran out of paint half way through (buy the bigger paint tin than you think!)

All up, from when I started to clear the space to the photoshoot, it took me about 3 weeks.

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10 Steps to Creating a Study Nook

Can you take us through the process of how you eventually created your new study nook?

Step 1:

Do your Research - look at magazines and go online for ideas and inspiration. For obvious reasons I use House of Home a lot!

Step 2:

Decide on a theme and colour palette.

Step 3:

Measure Up - Jot down’ overall measurements of the space, widths, depth, height to ensure you buy suitably sized furniture.

Step 4:

Research furniture and decor and compare prices, using a platform like House of Home makes this process so much easier!

Step 5:

Put together a mood board of ideas to help visualise how the space will look and if the items will work together.

Step 6:

Make a list or pin all of the items you wish to purchase on a Pinterest Board. This is a great option as it links directly to the product.

Step 7:

Go shopping! Hit the stores to check out the items or order online.

Step 8:

Once you have everything, commence any painting that needs to be done.

Step 9:

Once paint is dry it’s time to style! Place furniture & rugs then add decor, plants and accessories.

Step 10:

Sit back to admire your handy work and enjoy your new personalised space.

Get the Look


We hope you found this article helpful. We would like to thanks the following retailers who's products feature in the Study Nook.

  • Designstuff
  • Huset
  • Green St Hub - @greensthub

Below is a list of the plants included in this space. Rubber Tree, Philodendron, Mother in Laws Tongue, Chinese Money Plant, Philodendron ‘Heart Leaf’, Weeping Fig, Hoya Carnosa (Krimson Princess), Devil’s Ivy, String of Hearts, Peperomia Silver Heart, Dwarf Tree Fern and a Parlour Palm.


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Image Credits: Photography by Julia Chapman. Styling by Bee Nguyen. Plant Styling by Sammi Kuoch


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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."