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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6 Kitchen Enhancements For Renters

Are you currently renting your house and don't have a landlord who's keen on you making any improvements to the interior? Are you wanting to spruce up your kitchen without breaking the budget or, jeopardising your rental tenancy agreement? We've compiled seven simple and creative tips that will not only make your house feel like your home, it will also keep your landlord happy.

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Shine A New Light On The Kitchen

This is a super simple tip but, one that makes a huge impact on the kitchen in terms of the aesthetics and the functioning of the kitchen's space. Simply update the lighting in the kitchen by hanging a new pendant light in the kitchen's ceiling. Depending on the style of kitchen you have, you can really enhance the look and feel by selecting the perfect pendant light. Be it industrial, traditional, modern or coastal, there is a pendant light option that suits all tastes and design styles. As always, be sure to seek professional assistance from a qualified electrician when altering your lights.

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Removable Wallpaper Feature Wall

For the perfect rental kitchen makeover, nothing can be more...


6 Kitchen Enhancements For Renters

Are you currently renting your house and don't have a landlord who's keen on you making any improvements to the interior? Are you wanting to spruce up your kitchen without breaking the budget or, jeopardising your rental tenancy agreement? We've compiled seven simple and creative tips that will not only make your house feel like your home, it will also keep your landlord happy.

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Image Via Real Living Mag

Shine A New Light On The Kitchen

This is a super simple tip but, one that makes a huge impact on the kitchen in terms of the aesthetics and the functioning of the kitchen's space. Simply update the lighting in the kitchen by hanging a new pendant light in the kitchen's ceiling. Depending on the style of kitchen you have, you can really enhance the look and feel by selecting the perfect pendant light. Be it industrial, traditional, modern or coastal, there is a pendant light option that suits all tastes and design styles. As always, be sure to seek professional assistance from a qualified electrician when altering your lights.

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Removable Wallpaper Feature Wall

For the perfect rental kitchen makeover, nothing can be more impressive than a removable wallpaper feature wall. The hardest part about this idea is trying to narrow your choice down to just one image! Are you wanting a photographic landscape, a nighttime cityscape, a beautiful country garden, a tranquil flowing river, typography, a map, something of personal significance...whatever the choice, it's a wonderful and relatively easy, idea to update your kitchen.

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Lay A Rug

Is the rental kitchen floor looking a bit tired and uninspiring? Simply lay a lovely rug that will not only add colour and interest to the space, but cleverly cover up the dullest of kitchen floors. If your rental kitchen is on the small side, think about selecting a rug with some stripes. This will help make the kitchen appear longer or wider (depending on direction of stripes) and as such, seem more spacious.

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Remove Doors Off Kitchen Cabinets

Are you renting a home that has kitchen cupboard doors that are looking more shabby than they are shabby-chic? Do they have old, peeling laminate or are they just a colour that's not your cup of tea? Well, this is a really simple and stylish solution that's not only inexpensive but, instantaneous. What's required? All you need is a screw driver to remove some of the doors and voila, you have gorgeous open shelves where you can now bring some colour and life to the kitchen with a display of your favourite glassware, crockery, cooking books or vase collection.

Kitchen Cupboard Hardware

So, you can live with your rental kitchen's cupboard doors but, the kitchen cabinet door hardware need an update! Easy, simply unscrew them and replace with gorgeous new knobs, pulls or handles. Just keep in mind you won't be able to drill into the cabinets doors so make sure you can easily retrofit the newly purchased hardware.

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Add Some Some Greenery To Your Rental Kitchen

Nothing lifts a space more than a touch of greenery! Be it in the form of herbs, pot plants or a vase of freshly picked flowers - adding some beautiful greenery will bring your rental kitchen to life! If your landlord allows nails in the walls, consider turning one of your kitchen walls into a living, vertical garden. This works particularity well for herbs as not only is the aroma and foliage lovely - it's perfect access for the chef of the house!

Read More: Creating A Green Home

We hope these six tips have inspired you to transform your rental kitchen into a space that you love to come home to and are inspired to cook in!

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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."