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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Fresh & Easy Ways To Decorate Your Christmas Table

Ditch the fake snow and put away the mistletoe, we've compiled 5 easy ways to style your christmas table without the clichés.

If you love getting into the Christmas spirit, but also feel sick if you see another red and green napkin, it’s time to change things up. Or maybe you’re ready to embrace Australia’s summer Christmas – after all, putting up fake snow seems a little odd when it’s 35 degrees outside. We’ve compiled some fresh and modern Christmas table styles that ooze festivity without the clichés.

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Meet Me Under The Wattle | Australian Natives

Australian natives shouldn't be reserved just for Australia Day and rustic weddings, after all, Eucalyptus green and wattle red make the most luscious Christmas combo. Australia is blessed wth so much wonderful flora and fauna, it's a veritable buffet of Christmas inspiration when it comes to dressing your candle. All you need is a white table cloth and a wander into your garden or local park. Support local businesses by investing in some Australian-designed linen and crockery, and dress it up with foraged foliage or locally-bought blooms. Compliment the natural tones by added olive green napkins and...


Fresh & Easy Ways To Decorate Your Christmas Table

Ditch the fake snow and put away the mistletoe, we've compiled 5 easy ways to style your christmas table without the clichés.

If you love getting into the Christmas spirit, but also feel sick if you see another red and green napkin, it’s time to change things up. Or maybe you’re ready to embrace Australia’s summer Christmas – after all, putting up fake snow seems a little odd when it’s 35 degrees outside. We’ve compiled some fresh and modern Christmas table styles that ooze festivity without the clichés.

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Meet Me Under The Wattle | Australian Natives

Australian natives shouldn't be reserved just for Australia Day and rustic weddings, after all, Eucalyptus green and wattle red make the most luscious Christmas combo. Australia is blessed wth so much wonderful flora and fauna, it's a veritable buffet of Christmas inspiration when it comes to dressing your candle. All you need is a white table cloth and a wander into your garden or local park. Support local businesses by investing in some Australian-designed linen and crockery, and dress it up with foraged foliage or locally-bought blooms. Compliment the natural tones by added olive green napkins and hand-crafted plates. Aussies are so blessed with a gorgeous country that it only makes sense to celebrate it on Christmas. Plus, it's the simplest table styling you'll come across, which we think is pretty fair dinkum.

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Dreaming of a Dark Christmas | Moody & Modern

There isn’t a skerrick of snow in Australia over Christmas (unless Victoria gets another global-warming induced cold snap), so as much as we love a white colour palette, we like the idea of doing away with the ski-fields. Have fun with black and sombre palettes which ooze sophistication and naughtiness. Make it interesting with metallic cutlery and florals in rich tones. Play around with grown up textures like leather, marble and slate. The best part? A dark tablecloth with hide all of those turkey jus and red wine stains. Hallelujah.

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Merry and Blush | Rosé & Champagne Palettes

The ominous threats that the millenial pink trend would go away have, thankfully, proved to be unfounded. Blush pink is one of the most flattering and joyous colours, and we love adding it to table styling. After all, in the Australian heat it's very likely we'll be drinking as much rosé as red, and Aussies do love a champers. We love that this is a softer, more interesting take on the Christmas red, and goes fabulously with gold champagne accents. Up the sophistication with some dried berries or dark wooden serving utensils, but go wild on the gold. If you want to incorporate the traditional Christmas colour scheme, add in some olive green or eucalyptus. After all, this is the perfect Christmas table styling to go with your new rattan chairs and hand crafted table.

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Feliz Navidad | Mediterranean Textures

Whilst we often think of nordic snowscapes and roasting chestnuts when it comes to Christmas, the tradition did after all form in the middle-eastern desert, and spread along the Mediterranean peninsula. If you're all for things being merry and bright, this is a great way to use blues, oranges and reds in your Christmas styling. Evoke the frankincense, myrhh and gold with rich patterns and brass cutlery. Use pomegranates, roses and sandalwood for florals. Your could even create a grazing board as your centerpiece, which will satiate guests before the main course and provide a bright and mediterranean style.

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Noel Au Nature | Simple & Natural Settings

With all the pomp and splendour surrounding Christmas, our eyes sometimes need a visual break. We love the idea of a very simple table, tastefully laid out with hand crafted dinnerware, letting the artisanry and food speak for itself. This is the time to go wild for locally crafted crockery, serving dishes and cutlery. Plus, without all the fuss, you'll have plenty of room for food on the table! Delight in natural textures like stone and wood, and feel free to leave the table bare, or otherwise use a simple linen tablecloth. Use a decanter for your wine and dishes for your condiments. Simple, elegant, fuss free.

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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."