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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A New Classic: Phoenix Tapware Launches Teel

Tapware design for the ages

When I think of Teel, two words come to mind – fine and slender. I wanted to convey sophistication and draw on my manufacturing knowledge to create seamless, highly finished tapware designs which are pleasing to the eye.” Phoenix’s Senior Designer, Ban Liu

With a perfect blend of simplicity and design details, the new tapware collection from Phoenix, Teel, explores minimalism from a different perspective – organic form.

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Simplicity Meets Organic Beauty

I started to blend an oval into a circle which resulted in the basis of Teel’s unique, dynamic form.

Whilst when we think of minimalist style, we think of either sharp surfaces or amorphous shapes, Teel is reminiscent of simpler, more homely silhouettes. Simple, everyday objects imbued with effective design.

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Teel originated through the exploration of how two shapes organically flow together” said Phoenix’s Senior Designer, Ban Liu

These forms are neither florid and discerning, nor blend-into-the-background and meek. They go hand in hand with a rising trend in interior design to make form interesting in its own right, but not stealing...


A New Classic: Phoenix Tapware Launches Teel

Tapware design for the ages

When I think of Teel, two words come to mind – fine and slender. I wanted to convey sophistication and draw on my manufacturing knowledge to create seamless, highly finished tapware designs which are pleasing to the eye.” Phoenix’s Senior Designer, Ban Liu

With a perfect blend of simplicity and design details, the new tapware collection from Phoenix, Teel, explores minimalism from a different perspective – organic form.

products01-jpg

Simplicity Meets Organic Beauty

I started to blend an oval into a circle which resulted in the basis of Teel’s unique, dynamic form.

Whilst when we think of minimalist style, we think of either sharp surfaces or amorphous shapes, Teel is reminiscent of simpler, more homely silhouettes. Simple, everyday objects imbued with effective design.

phoenix-teel-collection-lifestyle-jpg

Teel originated through the exploration of how two shapes organically flow together” said Phoenix’s Senior Designer, Ban Liu

These forms are neither florid and discerning, nor blend-into-the-background and meek. They go hand in hand with a rising trend in interior design to make form interesting in its own right, but not stealing attention away from the overall picture.

4 Elegant Colourways

The four finishes-du-jour of bathroom fittings were chosen for the Teel range – chrome, matte black, gun metal and brushed nickel. Sober, classic, neutral, and above all, textural colours.

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Chrome to go with a classic white colour palette, matte black for a minimalist, scandi-style bathroom, gun metal for concrete or stone-based palettes, and brushed nickel for warm wood-based colour palettes or rustic styles.

Colours are only half the story when it comes to Teel’s finishes. How the light plays with the mixers’ surface adds a touch of sophistication. From highly reflective chrome, fine line detailing on brushed nickel, smooth gun metal and matte finish on black, Teel’s finishes provide an elegant textural feature for a 2019 colour palette. These allow the eye to perfectly follow the morphing lines in the spouts handles and mixers.

Seamless Integration Into Today’s Bathroom

Every element has been considered to keep the profile slender and in proportion – body, internal cartridge, aerator, outlet height and width, back plate shape and handle design.

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Whether your environment is compact or spacious, Teel stays true to its organic roots by fitting into the space it’s in. Perfect for bathrooms, kitchen and laundry spaces, the range has various mixer products to help you create perfect continuity throughout your home.

Teel is a Phoenix Tapware collection and is available from reputable bathware suppliers across Australia and New Zealand. All finishes are in stock and available, contact Phoenix for more details.


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This article has been sponsored by Phoenix Tapware, a House of Home Partner.


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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."