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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Phoenix Launches ‘Zimi’ for Bathroom Fashionistas

“Extensive colour research went into the final selection including European design trends forecasting. The Zimi range is perfect for consumers to inject their individual personality.”

Chantelle Malone | Phoenix Marketing Manager



Phoenix, an award-winning bathroom and kitchen brand have launched their latest range of designer tapware – Zimi. With the largest finishes palette offered to date, Zimi offers unparallelled customisability and glamour for your space. Create the perfect on-trend look in your bathroom or kitchen today.


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Let’s talk colour

Zimi is Phoenix’s most versatile collection to date. Featuring 27 colour and finishing combinations across a unique range of mixer taps, shower mixers and outlets, Zimi is proudly designed in Australia for the discerning household. The colour range includes everything from timeless classics, to modern vogue colour pairings.

The Zimi colour options include three distinct styles – neutrals, pastel colours and complementary metallics. This allows for a huge variety of personalisation to your home through mixing and matching colours and finishes.

The handle colours are available...


Phoenix Launches ‘Zimi’ for Bathroom Fashionistas

“Extensive colour research went into the final selection including European design trends forecasting. The Zimi range is perfect for consumers to inject their individual personality.”

Chantelle Malone | Phoenix Marketing Manager



Phoenix, an award-winning bathroom and kitchen brand have launched their latest range of designer tapware – Zimi. With the largest finishes palette offered to date, Zimi offers unparallelled customisability and glamour for your space. Create the perfect on-trend look in your bathroom or kitchen today.


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Let’s talk colour

Zimi is Phoenix’s most versatile collection to date. Featuring 27 colour and finishing combinations across a unique range of mixer taps, shower mixers and outlets, Zimi is proudly designed in Australia for the discerning household. The colour range includes everything from timeless classics, to modern vogue colour pairings.

The Zimi colour options include three distinct styles – neutrals, pastel colours and complementary metallics. This allows for a huge variety of personalisation to your home through mixing and matching colours and finishes.

The handle colours are available in:

  • Chrome
  • Brushed Nickel
  • Matte Black
  • Matte White
  • Cool Grey
  • Oatmeal
  • Blush Pink
  • Sage Green
  • Powder Blue

The fixture handles are finished in:

  • Chrome
  • Brushed Nickel
  • Matte Black


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Customised to you

One of the Zimi range’s key features is the interchangeable handles – which can be easily switched without needing a plumber. This gives you greater flexibility and customisation at a lower cost.

Zimi’s iconic design is best characterised by its thin, flat profile. The flat handle seamlessly integrates with the slender outlet, as part of the basin mixer design, featuring an overall sophisticated shape that harmonises substance with elegance and refinement.



“Square, but not sharp. Trim details and edging were refined to create the illusion of thin.”

Ban Liu | Phoenix Design Lead



After drawing on his extensive knowledge of casting and the manufacturing process, Liu’s design also encompassed multiple workshops to perfect the design’s development. This included achieving the perfect balance between the handle and the rest of the fixture. The Zimi range emerged with super fine detailing, including an ultra-fine 10mm spout height.


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The Zimi range

The range of tapware products available include:

  • Zimi Sink Mixer
  • Zimi Basin Mixer
  • Zimi Vessel Mixer
  • Zimi Shower / Wall Mixer
  • Zimi Twin Shower / Wall Mixer
  • Zimi Wall Basin / Bath Mixer Set (200mm)
  • Zimi Wall Basin Outlet (200mm)
  • Zimi Wall Bath Outlet (200mm)

Due to the various colour and finishing options, handles will be packaged separately to the rest of the tapware.


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Best known for their high-quality, durable products designed in Australia, Phoenix Tapware offers an extensive warranty on the new Zimi range:

  • 15-year warranty period on the cartridge
  • 7 years on products, parts or finishes
  • 1 year on labour

Celebrating its 30th year of operation, Phoenix Tapware has become a household name in the designer kitchen, bathroom and laundry product space. They are widely recognised for their innovation and excellence within the Australian plumbing industry.


The Zimi range is available immediately in all finishes from leading bathroom retailers. Click here to find a stockist near you, or contact Phoenix Tapware for more details.


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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."