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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2019 Bathroom Design Trends

We've scoured the interior and architectural projects released so far in 2019 to bring you a round up of the top bathroom design trends for this year.

If you're a fan of simplicity, you'll be happy this year, with minimalist designs and textures taking the reigns. Even so, this does not mean a lack of depth and interesting design. Richness in colour, pattern and quality of materials have us drooling over the latest and greatest bathrooms once again.

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1. Unexpected colours

Hot pink and mustard yellow are perhaps the colours one would think least of putting in a bathroom, let alone making them the feature colours. But we love it. We love the fun, 50s hair salon vibes of candy pink bathrooms, and have very strong feelings indeed for mustard-yellow towels and tubs. We also love dusky-blue tiles and olive-green wallpaper. Go wild in your bathroom – embrace this trend by putting as much personality into your bathroom that you do into your bedroom.

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2. The New Rustic

If the word rustic makes you shiver and hiss like us, then like us too, you will have to re-condition yourself to love...


2019 Bathroom Design Trends

We've scoured the interior and architectural projects released so far in 2019 to bring you a round up of the top bathroom design trends for this year.

If you're a fan of simplicity, you'll be happy this year, with minimalist designs and textures taking the reigns. Even so, this does not mean a lack of depth and interesting design. Richness in colour, pattern and quality of materials have us drooling over the latest and greatest bathrooms once again.

bathroomcolour_01-jpg

1. Unexpected colours

Hot pink and mustard yellow are perhaps the colours one would think least of putting in a bathroom, let alone making them the feature colours. But we love it. We love the fun, 50s hair salon vibes of candy pink bathrooms, and have very strong feelings indeed for mustard-yellow towels and tubs. We also love dusky-blue tiles and olive-green wallpaper. Go wild in your bathroom – embrace this trend by putting as much personality into your bathroom that you do into your bedroom.

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2. The New Rustic

If the word rustic makes you shiver and hiss like us, then like us too, you will have to re-condition yourself to love it. Because in 2019 rustic has a very different face. Like a tacky pop star who disappears for 10 years and comes back polished, grown up and very much less bogan, rustic now encompasses old French farmhouse vibes, washed linen and claw foot baths. We dare you not to fall in love with the romantic, down to earth vintage vibes of 2019 rustic bathrooms. While we’d still rather take sandpaper to our eyes than to a white-painted chair (à la rustic via Better Homes and Gardens 2001), we love exposed beams, patinaed brass fittings and timber flooring.

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3. Wood + Concrete

The ultimate yin and yang of materials. One cold, cool, sleek and man-made, the other, warm, textural, gathered from nature and unique. We are really enjoying the juxtaposition of these two materials that’s sweeping across Australian bathrooms. We’ve long-enjoyed beautiful custom timber vanities from the likes of Timberline, Ingrain and Bel Bagno, and are pleased to see them gaining momentum. It can be as simple as a polished concrete floor with a recycled wooden stool, or a full on concrete-wood orgy, but either way it’s satisfying.

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4. Marble & Terrazzo

If you haven’t stepped inside a trendy bar or boutique recently, you may not be aware of the raging hipster trend that is terrazzo. However, if you live within a 20km radius of an Australian capital you will have seen the absolute orgy of marble, terrazzo and stone that has invaded the world of commercial interiors. Home bathrooms, being the slower on the trend uptake, are beginning to follow suit. Whilst 2017 and 2018 were all about coloured terrazzo, 2019 goes sophisticated, by focusing on more refined greyscale palettes and playing with placement and texture.

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5. White subway tiles

Simply put, they’re everywhere. If you’re renovating a whole house, by the time you get to the bathroom you’ve often run out of money and energy. Maybe this explains the ubiquitous trend of bathrooms with white subway tiles, white paint, a white bathtub, a small vase of natives and not much else. Simplicity at its finest.

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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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