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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Top Holiday House Styling Ideas for 2019

The hot and heady period of summer just after New Years is the time for long lazy holidays. You may even be reading this perched in a hammock somewhere along the Australian coast. Lucky you.

Amongst all of this relaxation time, your mind may start to wander to the surroundings you find yourself in. Whether you've just purchased your holiday home, or you're staying in the family beach shack owned by Grandma, the amount of time you spend in it warrants a style and thought that reflects your family and you own aesthetic.

No need to go nuts on the pukka shells however - it's perfectly possible to make your holiday home as chic as your city one. These are our favourite beach house styles for 2019 - and offer something a little different than giant piece of coral on an old coffee table.

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Light, Bright and White

The ultimate beach house style, an all-white theme, keeps things open, breezy, light and oh so summery. Keep within the (lack of) colour palette but play with textures and shades to create a rich visual landscape, and add personality. White or bare walls are a must, with polished concrete, wooden or white tiled floors. Add warmth by placing a...


Top Holiday House Styling Ideas for 2019

The hot and heady period of summer just after New Years is the time for long lazy holidays. You may even be reading this perched in a hammock somewhere along the Australian coast. Lucky you.

Amongst all of this relaxation time, your mind may start to wander to the surroundings you find yourself in. Whether you've just purchased your holiday home, or you're staying in the family beach shack owned by Grandma, the amount of time you spend in it warrants a style and thought that reflects your family and you own aesthetic.

No need to go nuts on the pukka shells however - it's perfectly possible to make your holiday home as chic as your city one. These are our favourite beach house styles for 2019 - and offer something a little different than giant piece of coral on an old coffee table.

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Light, Bright and White

The ultimate beach house style, an all-white theme, keeps things open, breezy, light and oh so summery. Keep within the (lack of) colour palette but play with textures and shades to create a rich visual landscape, and add personality. White or bare walls are a must, with polished concrete, wooden or white tiled floors. Add warmth by placing a large unbleached wool or cotton rug in the living or area and scattering mohair or sheepskin throws. Keep furniture in blonde-wood tones and make sure there are plenty of macramé hammocks, wooden stools and neutral ottomans for quiet horizontal relaxation periods. A big cream couch with plenty of interesting cushions will create a central gathering place, and white pendant lights will play with the height of the room and create a focal point.

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Mi Casa es Su Casa

If you’ve ever dreamt of a long and relaxing holiday in a Central American casa somewhere, this is the style for you. Reminiscent of Tulum or Baja resorts, Brazilian hideaways or Argentinian ranches, this warm and literally down-to-earth look will relax and destress. Warm tones, pressed earth, generous kitchens and wood with history. If you have the option for a pressed earth floor, go for it, otherwise choose a terracotta or sandstone tile option, and furnish it with jute rugs and animal skins. Leave the textures rough and ready, this is about sophisticated rawness. Leave the beams exposed, make a driftwood table, install antique-looking or mid-century rattan furniture. Use as much recycled wood in your furniture and homewares as possible. Incorporate leather into your textural palette and keep the room interesting with Mexican and south American style motifs on your cushions and throws.

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Dark Elegance

Whilst one thinks of driftwood, coral and white linen when it comes to beach house style, it need not be so. One of our favourite holiday home styles switches things up by playing with black, navy, charcoal and chocolate. The best thing about this is it doesn’t require a total renovation of your home. Freshen things up by installing matte black fixtures giving your internal walls a lick of black paint and exchanging a few pieces of furniture. Don’t want to repaint a wall? Grab some dark wall-paper to update your look without committing. Contrast the dark elements by keeping other things light – a cream rug, white cushions, wooden furniture and cute knick knacks. Pop a black fire pit outside for year-round entertaining. Scatter some interesting photographic prints in black frames around the house to create intrigue. Now you’ve got a style that’ll take you from the inferno of summer into the rainy, beachside winter.

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Santorini Style

The chances are if you’re reading this you’re one of the dozens of thousands of Aussies who flock to the Greek Isles or Italian peninsula for a European summer break. The fond memories of the bougainvillea swaying in the breeze, the bleached white terraces and pristine poolside glamour don’t have to stay in Europe however. A beach or mountainside holiday home with a bit of height will benefit enormously from some Santorini style. This look is all about lounging – whether it be a slick white day bed, a striped deck chair or a lazy hanging chair, the more places you can settle for a nap and a limoncello the better. Keep the linen white, the cushions blue and white, and reserve colour for rugs, throws and flowers. Now is the time to get out the mid 2000s washed white furniture and give it a grown-up Mediterranean feel with resin jugs, good quality glassware and sweet-smelling flowers.

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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."

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