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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5 Tips to Maximise Space in a Room

No matter how large your house is, creating a spacious feel and finding enough room for everything we collect throughout our lives is always one of the biggest challenges. The best way to keep on top of this is to start off with clever space maximising tricks that will benefit your home for years to come.

Decreasing the Clutter

The first step is to do a major clean out of all your belongings. You don’t have to cull everything as you still want your home to have personality, but if you’ve got so many throw cushions you’re getting smothered every time you sit on the couch, pick your favourite few and get rid of the rest! It’s simple maths really, the less clutter = the more space you have.

Choosing the Right Furniture

Our furniture is something we use constantly and often have for many years. If you’re limited for space it can be hard to make the right furniture choices to suit your room as sometimes what we love just won’t work in a restricted space. The main rule is to choose furniture that is in tune with the size and scale of the room. If your ceilings aren’t particularly high, choose low, slim line furniture to create more visual space.

Low-set sofas and armless chairs...


5 Tips to Maximise Space in a Room

No matter how large your house is, creating a spacious feel and finding enough room for everything we collect throughout our lives is always one of the biggest challenges. The best way to keep on top of this is to start off with clever space maximising tricks that will benefit your home for years to come.

Decreasing the Clutter

The first step is to do a major clean out of all your belongings. You don’t have to cull everything as you still want your home to have personality, but if you’ve got so many throw cushions you’re getting smothered every time you sit on the couch, pick your favourite few and get rid of the rest! It’s simple maths really, the less clutter = the more space you have.

Choosing the Right Furniture

Our furniture is something we use constantly and often have for many years. If you’re limited for space it can be hard to make the right furniture choices to suit your room as sometimes what we love just won’t work in a restricted space. The main rule is to choose furniture that is in tune with the size and scale of the room. If your ceilings aren’t particularly high, choose low, slim line furniture to create more visual space.

Low-set sofas and armless chairs are less imposing in a lounge room and the same goes for a mattress that is closer to the floor. Glass table tops are also a great space maximising furniture trick as their transparency takes away the heavy impact a table normally has on a room. Moving furniture away from walkways and room openings will also increase the visual space in a room.

Utilising Clever Storage

Clever storage makes for a tidy home. Shelving and cabinets can be used in every room to hide and display at the same time. Wall mounted cabinets can free up floor space which in turn can make your room look larger, while freestanding ones can double as a surface for displaying things as well as hide-away storage.

Using cabinets for multiple purposes is a clever trick for minimising the amount of furniture you need in a room. A great idea is install a low-hung wall mounted cabinet that runs the length of the lounge room wall. This will not only make the wall seem longer but it can double as a TV and media stand as well as concealed storage.

Open shelving can be great for displaying books, homewares and other loved items. The problem is if there’s too much going on, the space can look too busy and cramped. A clever trick is to install built in shelves into any spare alcoves to maximise the otherwise vacant space. Painting shelves the same colours as your walls helps them recede into the colour scheme and be less imposing.

Investing in some clever multi-purpose furniture will also maximise your storage space and therefore, your room’s space. Beds with storage underneath eliminate the need for a blanket box or even a large wardrobe. Stools or ottomans with lifting lids that open up to the available room inside are great as secret storage.

Cheating with Mirrors

Mirrors are fantastic tools. Placed next to a light source, like a window or lamp, they multiply the amount of light in the room which in turn makes the space look bigger.

Hanging a large mirror on a wall in a small room can instantly trick you into thinking there is double the amount of space, you’ve just got to be careful not to walk into it! When used properly in design, they look as if they have been hung for decoration or vanity, when often the main purpose is to maximise the visual space.

Colour and Light

Using a cool colour palette will open up your interior while a warm palette will do the opposite. One of the main reasons crisp whites and blues are used in beach houses is to create that fresh and airy vibe that cool colours induce. To enhance the space even more, a clever combination of natural and artificial light will do the trick.

Dark spaces create depth so by lighting up a room properly the depth is minimised and the space is in turn, opened up. Interesting pendant lights are still very popular in design but if you’re limited for space they can appear bulky. Pick a design made in a light colour or crafted from a delicate fabric like paper or glass as this will soften the harshness of the pendant.

Wall sconces are also a great alternative to lighting as they use vertical space which is normally not being used any way. They also direct light upwards which makes the walls look higher. Bonus!


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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."