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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Guest Room Ideas for Small Spaces

Apartment living has fast become a way of life with many people choosing location over having the big house.

Living within a limited space is fine for a couple or someone who lives alone but what happens when relatives or friends need to stay overnight or for an extended period?

If an apartment doesn’t have a designated guest bedroom it can leave one feeling a little unprepared and inhospitable. However, just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have guests come to stay without cramping your style. This article takes you through simple, easy to implement ways to host a guest overnight (or longer) without having a guest room.

Where to put guests if you don’t have a spare room

When hosting guests it is important to make them feel welcome and comfortable. Pointing them in the direction of the sofa and tossing a sleeping bag at them won’t be winning any ‘host of the year’ badges.

The great news is there are some clever, yet super easy ways to accommodate guests, even at short notice. Creating a living room that can convert into a guest bedroom is the answer and all it takes are a few key pieces of furniture and décor accents that can make a lounge feel...


Guest Room Ideas for Small Spaces

Apartment living has fast become a way of life with many people choosing location over having the big house.

Living within a limited space is fine for a couple or someone who lives alone but what happens when relatives or friends need to stay overnight or for an extended period?

If an apartment doesn’t have a designated guest bedroom it can leave one feeling a little unprepared and inhospitable. However, just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have guests come to stay without cramping your style. This article takes you through simple, easy to implement ways to host a guest overnight (or longer) without having a guest room.

Where to put guests if you don’t have a spare room

When hosting guests it is important to make them feel welcome and comfortable. Pointing them in the direction of the sofa and tossing a sleeping bag at them won’t be winning any ‘host of the year’ badges.

The great news is there are some clever, yet super easy ways to accommodate guests, even at short notice. Creating a living room that can convert into a guest bedroom is the answer and all it takes are a few key pieces of furniture and décor accents that can make a lounge feel like a bedroom. Due to high demand, more and more options for multi-purpose furniture pieces are filtering into the market that allow people to create flexible living spaces.

If you don't have a spare bedroom, adding some unexpected welcoming touches will make your guests feel extra special. Spending the night in the living room isn’t always the most ideal thought for a guest so decorating you living space in a way that it can feel like a bedroom will help to make your guest feel more at home.

It’s important to consider the style of furniture you choose and whether it could work in both a living room setting and a bedroom setting. There are certainly plenty of options that could work for both applications so be mindful of this when researching pieces as it will help you to narrow down the options.

Ideas for Small Guest Rooms

Spare Bedroom Decorating Tips

If you are lucky enough to have a spare bedroom, it’s a good idea to keep this space flexible and ustilze it as a study cum guest room. When selecting furniture incorporate pieces that are visually light and have sense of softness to them. Avoid dark, heavy pieces that appear cumbersome. This will make the room seem larger and will help when transitioning from a study space to a bedroom.

If you want to win that 'host of the year' award and create a space that's as welcoming as it is cosy, then check out our recommendations below. We have put together a selection of the key pieces of furniture and decor accessories that are guaranteed to impress your next house guest.

Space Saving Fold Out Beds

Multifunctional furniture is the way of the future. A sofa bed is the key ingredient to being able to quickly and easily transform your lounge into a bedroom. Opting for a sofa that converts into a comfy bed saves time, money and space, plus, it is much more attractive than a blow up mattress! Sofa beds have come a long way in recent years and there are some amazing contemporary designs with smaller space saving proportions on the market.

Below are a few of our favourite styles but if you would like to learn more visit our article How to Choose a Sofa Bed. This article covers everything you need to consider when choosing a sofa bed; from the various Sofa Bed designs to mattress types, cushions and best fabric options.

Beautiful Bed Linen and Towels

Bed Linen is the second essential ingredient in creating a cosy welcoming bedroom area. Fresh linen and a snuggly duvet or coverlet should be at the top of your shopping list. If you have limited storage space, select cushions that can work with your sofa but also back with your bed linen. Offering your guests a soft face cloth, hand towel and bath towel will help them to feel pampered.

Clever Storage

Guests are bound to have a coat to hang or an overnight bag to store so it’s nice to be able to offer them a place to put these to minimise clutter in their newly transformed bedroom. We love the Scandi Coat Rack by Innovation Living as it offers a place to hang clothes, store shoes and bags, place books, plants and even a Sonos speaker. By day it can be used for a similar fashion but act as more of a display piece in the living room. Alternatively it can be kept in the bedroom for you to use and brought out when guests need it.

Look for side tables that will work in both a living room and bedroom setting. For this you should consider the height of the bed and its proportions so that they can be placed next to the sofa bed when its set up as a sofa or in the bed position. A bedside offers a place for your guest to place a bottle of water, a book and items such as their glasses. Hot Tip: A bottle is always better next the bed in a living room scenario as guest may wake in the night an potentially knock a glass over if they are disorientated.

Night Lighting

Being in unfamiliar territory could make guests feel uneasy. Having a table lamp or standing lamp in reach or your guest’s bed will make them feel more comfortable and safer should they hear an unfamiliar noise in the night. A night lamp also makes it easier for them to find their way to the bathroom at night without making noise and disturbing you.

Occasional Seating

If space permits it’s nice to have an occasional chair which guests can sit in to read before bed or in first thing in the morning with a cup of tea. Having a side chair with smaller proportions works well as it can form part of the living area by day but can be moved aside when the bed is pulled out in the evening. A cushion from the sofa can be placed here too for extra comfort and to complete the look.

Plants

Plant’s bring life to a space and add an element of natural beauty, they also help to purify the air. Dot indoor plants around the living room to add a pop of colour and make your guests smile.

Scented Candles

Last but not least, a scented candle will provide the finishing touch to help your guest to relax, unwind and feel at ease.


We hope you found this article helpful. If you are ready to start building your wishlist of products, then be sure and check out our Sofa Beds 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."