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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Marble Trend: A Guide to Marble Interiors

Marble, the eternal interior design trend

From greek temples to boutique hotels, marble has a long history in interiors, and it's not going anywhere

Marble; luxe, aesthetically pleasing, cool, calm collected, solid, natural.

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Marble Bathrooms

Marble tiling in bathrooms was pretty much a 90s staple, and is still going strong today, albeit in a more toned down, artful fashion. We picked marble bathrooms as one of 2019’s top bathroom design trends, as we’re seeing its use absolutely bloom and develop.

There’s something about the grey or white veins that makes one think of running water and all things bathroom-y, but in 2019, marble use in bathrooms is incredibly broad. Coloured marble, marble baths, marble sinks and marble bath accessories are popping up everywhere.

Adding marble accents to a bathroom brings an element of calm, aesthetic sophistication, and charms with its practicality, as it hides dirt well and is easy to clean.

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Marble in Kitchens

Like bathrooms, a marble benchtop was a 90s décor dream. Budget willing, the 90s adage of more is more included marble use, with cupboards, benchtops, floors and...


Marble Trend: A Guide to Marble Interiors

Marble, the eternal interior design trend

From greek temples to boutique hotels, marble has a long history in interiors, and it's not going anywhere

Marble; luxe, aesthetically pleasing, cool, calm collected, solid, natural.

marble_bathroom-jpg

Marble Bathrooms

Marble tiling in bathrooms was pretty much a 90s staple, and is still going strong today, albeit in a more toned down, artful fashion. We picked marble bathrooms as one of 2019’s top bathroom design trends, as we’re seeing its use absolutely bloom and develop.

There’s something about the grey or white veins that makes one think of running water and all things bathroom-y, but in 2019, marble use in bathrooms is incredibly broad. Coloured marble, marble baths, marble sinks and marble bath accessories are popping up everywhere.

Adding marble accents to a bathroom brings an element of calm, aesthetic sophistication, and charms with its practicality, as it hides dirt well and is easy to clean.

marble_kitchen-jpg

Marble in Kitchens

Like bathrooms, a marble benchtop was a 90s décor dream. Budget willing, the 90s adage of more is more included marble use, with cupboards, benchtops, floors and splashbacks sporting matching white and grey marble.

Today however, we’re seeing marble go in two ways. Matching coloured-marble splashbacks and counters are counterbalanced with fitting-less fittings and minimal styling, whilst an artfully placed marble kitchen island and pendant lamp is matched with brass fittings and colourful accessories.

Marble loves metallics, and if you choose to go for a more restrained marble look in your kitchen, brass, rose gold and gold are your friends. Pick up on the shades within the marble to accessorise with colour- emerald green vases, navy cabinets or pink drop sinks.

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Marble Homewares

Marble is a great material for contrast, for creating textural depth and playing off other complex materials like wood grain, jute and rattan.

It makes a great focus point, whilst highlighting patterns in adjacent objects. For this reason it's a great material for homewares and furniture - coffee table tops, trays, candle holders, cheese boards and clocks. If you artfully place a few marble pieces around your room, you'll instantly up the sophistication level

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Terrazzo: Marble’s Little Cool Cousin

Ahh terrazzo, once relegated to your Greek neighbour’s driveway, terrazzo has made a roaring comeback, thanks in part to hip designers like Olivia Aspinall, who have start introducing sophisticated colour schemes and chic ingredients to their terrazzo. Step into any recently designed luxe boutique or restaurant and there’s a 99% chance you’ll find terrazzo. Whether in a sprawling countertop, some artfully scattered coffee tables or in overwhelming bathroom tiling, terrazzo is HERE. Start small by incorporating terrazzo accessories into your spaces or take the plunge and go for tiling.

Marble Quarry

Where Does Marble Come From

Marble is a type of limestone rock that forms when it's subjected to both the heat and pressure over time. It's striking patterns and colours continue to make it a popular material selection for flooring, benchtops, tiles and homeware accents.

The two most commonly used marbles in home design in Australia would be the Carrara Marble (white with blue/grey streaks) commonly sourced from Tuscany, Italy. Also, Creole Marble (white and blue/black) most commonly found in Georgia, USA.

How To Care For and Clean Marble

  1. Seal It. Marble is a porous material so it's imperative to ensure it is sealed against intrusive liquids and contaminants. Purchase a quality sealer and apply 1-3 times before using the marble.

  2. Protect It. Make sure you avoid placing hot or humid objects directly on the marble - use coasters or cork mats. Clean any spills quickly and try not to place objects that will scratch the marble onto it.

  3. Clean It. Marble is sensitive to acidic products, so use a pH neutral cleaning product to wipe it daily. Avoid lemon juice, vinegar and bicarb soda - no matter how environmentally friendly they are they'll eat at your marble!

  4. Spot Clean. Buff any scratched straight away to keep your marble nice and shiny. Similarly, if any liquid is spilled wipe it up immediately to prevent stains. The acidity in wine will leave long lasting stains if not treated asap. If you didn't get there in time, use ammonia and hydrogen peroxide to gently rub away the stain.


We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start incorporating marble into your interior, check out out marble products range.


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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."