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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What Interior Design Style Are You?

We all do it. In fact, it's one of my favourite past times. Your mind starts to wander and you soon find yourself dreaming of far-flung exotic locations. An overload of the senses; colours, smells, sights and sounds. Then, your jolted back to reality and find yourself sitting in your lounge room feeling quite, well, uninspired by your surrounds. Time for aninterior design style makeover! Here, we look at five interior design styles, from the exotic Moroccan influence to the refined Hampton style. Hopefully, these design styles will get your creative juices flowing & you'll be inspired to renovate your own interior.

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Modern Design Style

The modern design style is all about clean lines, clutter-free space & usually a colour palette of neutrals incorporating elements of natural materials like timber, stone as well as metal and glass. Sleek is usually a word often used to describe the modern design style interior. The style is all about clean lines, simple geometry and a space that is very functional and organised. Modern design style has a spaciousness feel to it given the lack of decorative finishes.

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What Interior Design Style Are You?

We all do it. In fact, it's one of my favourite past times. Your mind starts to wander and you soon find yourself dreaming of far-flung exotic locations. An overload of the senses; colours, smells, sights and sounds. Then, your jolted back to reality and find yourself sitting in your lounge room feeling quite, well, uninspired by your surrounds. Time for aninterior design style makeover! Here, we look at five interior design styles, from the exotic Moroccan influence to the refined Hampton style. Hopefully, these design styles will get your creative juices flowing & you'll be inspired to renovate your own interior.

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Modern Design Style

The modern design style is all about clean lines, clutter-free space & usually a colour palette of neutrals incorporating elements of natural materials like timber, stone as well as metal and glass. Sleek is usually a word often used to describe the modern design style interior. The style is all about clean lines, simple geometry and a space that is very functional and organised. Modern design style has a spaciousness feel to it given the lack of decorative finishes.

Modern Bathroom Design styles

The space does not present as cold or sterile given the incorporation of the natural materials and colour palette. If your home is tight for space, the modern design style is a good choice for you as it will helps make your rooms feel more spacious and open.

Modern Design Living room and bedroom

Traditional Design Style

Traditional design style could be described as homely, comfortable and orderly. The furnishings are often classic and functional. Some people may find the look cluttered and confining as it involves heavily draped window furnishings often with pelmets and trims, rugs, pattern furniture fabrics, walls adorned with paintings and usually displays of the owners collections such as books, figurines, urns, knick-knacks etc.

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Traditional Kitchen Design Style

Traditional interiors incorporate decorative mouldings such as ceiling roses and perhaps a picture or chair rail. Often there is wallpaper included in a traditional floral pattern and the colour scheme is a combination of darker colours such as bottle green, brown and mahogany along with creams and light, often floral, tones. Floor lamps and table lamps, along with mirrors can feature in traditional design styles.

Traditional Home Office and Livingroom

Hamptons Design Style

The Hamptons is a popular seaside resort town north of New York. The area is renowned for being a playground for the rich and famous and has some of the most expensive homes in the United States. The Hampton's style is classic and sophisticated but very much captures the relaxed beach living vibe. It's all about the natural light flooding in and illuminating the space to create a fresh, bright and breezy interior.

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Hamptons Design Style

Hamptons design style also focuses on balance. Be it the living-room, kitchen or bathroom you'll often see the interior creates a harmonious space by the inclusion of symmetry.Often the rooms are almost mirror imaged.

Hamptons Design Style Bedroom and Kitchen

Moroccan Design Style

An explosion of colour and texture, the Moroccan interior design style is a stunning sensory overload. When applied thoughtfully, & with some restraint, this exotic design style can create a captivating, almost fantasy like, harmonious spaces. Colourful fabrics and tiles, arched doorways, intricate carvings, striking patterns, lanterns, cushions and ottomans are all identified as important elements to create the Moroccan design style look.

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Orange Morrocan Interiors

Blue, topaz and aquamarine are reminiscent of the surrounding ocean. Opulent, deep oranges and reds evoke the notable African sunsets and sunrises. Tones from light brown to luxurious gold capture the vast surrounding desert. Stepping into a Moroccan interior designed room should instantly transport you to this jewel of a country.

Blue Morrocan Interiors

If the intense colour pallet is too overwhelming for you & your space then focus on one of the design elements of the Moroccan interior style such as the archways or patterns & couple them with a white or softer colour palette. This will result in an equally striking interior space but be more of a modern Moroccan take on the exotic design style.

Morrocan Modern Designed Arches

Bohemian Design Style

Bohemian style is all about unrestricted, free spirited design. It’s an explosion of pattern on pattern, usually tie-dye and suzani, colour and a wonderful eclectic mix of furnishings and decorations. There is nothing minimalist about it. It’s all about layers, lovingly put together from adventures and travels.

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Bohemian Styles

Often fabric is draped from ceilings to create a soft, inviting vibe and canopies hang above beds. Appliances are vintage and flooring is usually old timber hardwood but, often unidentifiable due to the layering of rugs and cushions. Plants can be found hanging from the ceiling, usually in macramé, potted on a window sill or growing in planters by the sofa.

Bohemian Styles Interior Design

Whatever your interior design style, we hope this has inspired you to achieve the look you've always dreamed of!

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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."