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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Rejuvenate Your Balcony or Patio

In summer we tend to spend more time outdoors enjoying balmy nights in comfort on our patios or balconies, having friends and family over for barbeques and sunsets.

As the weather gets warmer, now is the time to seriously start considering and focusing on updating your patio and balcony.

Unless you live in a penthouse, your balcony most likely will be limited by the amount of space available for you to work with, the same can be applied with patios.

At House of Home we’ve devised simple ideas that you can apply to transform any sized outdoor space into a stylish and relaxing area.

Six Steps For Easy Patio Styling

Step 1: Give Your Patio A Good Clean

It’s always best to start with a clean space. What may look like a unsalvageable 1970s mess may turn out to be an interesting. After clearing off all the clutter and washing down the tiles you'll have an amazing vintage canvas on which to build your look.

Step 2: Durable Outdoor furniture

Durable doesn’t have to mean you compromise on style when it comes to decorating your patio or balcony. We suggest lightweight sturdy furniture which has been tested against the outdoor elements. That way, you can rest assured knowing your new...


Rejuvenate Your Balcony or Patio

In summer we tend to spend more time outdoors enjoying balmy nights in comfort on our patios or balconies, having friends and family over for barbeques and sunsets.

As the weather gets warmer, now is the time to seriously start considering and focusing on updating your patio and balcony.

Unless you live in a penthouse, your balcony most likely will be limited by the amount of space available for you to work with, the same can be applied with patios.

At House of Home we’ve devised simple ideas that you can apply to transform any sized outdoor space into a stylish and relaxing area.

Six Steps For Easy Patio Styling

Step 1: Give Your Patio A Good Clean

It’s always best to start with a clean space. What may look like a unsalvageable 1970s mess may turn out to be an interesting. After clearing off all the clutter and washing down the tiles you'll have an amazing vintage canvas on which to build your look.

Step 2: Durable Outdoor furniture

Durable doesn’t have to mean you compromise on style when it comes to decorating your patio or balcony. We suggest lightweight sturdy furniture which has been tested against the outdoor elements. That way, you can rest assured knowing your new furniture will last for several years to come.

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Step 3: Surround Yourself with Plants

Large decorative pots filled with tall ferns and palms are ideal for creating that lush garden feeling. An interesting plant holder will add a level of sophistication to your patio or balcony whilst also complimenting the communcal gardens or greenery around. If you're an avid cook, try planting a little herb garden or if you're short of space, a vertical garden.

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Step 4: Extra Comforts

We all use cushions to enhance our comfort indoors, so it should be obvious that we also use them outside as well. Cushions as help to create a welcoming and inviting space. It doesn’t matter how small your patio or balcony is, with the right seating and a few scattered cushions, you will definitely be able to entertain in a relaxing summery way.

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When choosing cushions for your patio, look at the theme you are creating and choose one colour tone to amplify the style. Try choosing cushions which not only match your outdoor furniture, but also create a continuous stylistic theme from your lounge room, or whatever room leads outside.

Furthermore, don’t be limited to just using cushions on seating. If your outdoor area is clean and dust free, incorporate some lovely ground cushions or even bean bags for a more playful style. This is also the perfect solution if you have young ones.

Step 5: Lighting

By incorporating classic glass enclosed lanterns in your patio design you will soon enjoy the subdued romantic feeling associated with candle light. Lanterns are ideal for housing tall cathedral style candles, the glass case is optimal for protecting a candle’s flame against the wind; so you can enjoy candle light all year round. Try adding some festoon lighting or fairy lights, which can either be powered by an extension lead, or an outdoor powerpoint.

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Step 6: Add A Little Ambiance

A little bit of luxury is an essential element to any outdoor space. This could be in the form of a bar cart, some framed prints or a fresh lick of paint - this is your chance to take some of your interior style outside. Whether you’re entertaining your partner or your friends, adding a few glamorous items to your patio will transform this look into a sophisticated considered space.

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When warm weather arrives, you can absolutely double your living space by simply stepping outside on to your balcony or patio. By following our basic guide for patio styling you can make your patio or balcony the most inviting room “in” your home.


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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."