Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: DANNI MORRISON

The in­fa­mous Rick Vian said “life with­out art is stupid.” I tend to agree with this state­ment, per­haps not that life is stupid as such, but more so that parts of life would be un­in­ter­est­ing and un­der­whelm­ing.

No artist tol­er­ates re­al­ity and I per­son­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that art will never be bound by lim­its. The lim­its are set by the cre­ativ­ity of the artist.

Art­work is per­sonal, in­ti­mate, en­gag­ing and emo­tional – the im­ages in this col­umn are taken of my home. Some read­ers will love it, oth­ers will not and for me that alone de­fines the mean­ing and pur­pose of art.

It’s our own vis­ual and emo­tional at­tach­ment, or lack thereof to each in­di­vid­ual piece that makes art so unique and spe­cial.

Bare walls are mo­not­o­nous and unin­spir­ing. An in­te­rior of plain, run of the

mill fur­ni­ture and dé­cor is trans­formed with the ad­di­tion of art.

The gen­eral con­sen­sus from con­sumers is that art is ex­pen­sive, yet, art can take many forms. Think­ing out­side the box and spend­ing a lit­tle time ed­u­cat­ing your­self can be ben­e­fi­cial.

Not only does art come in frames and canvas form, but wall­pa­per, DIY, preloved and hand-painted pieces just to name a few. There is also no limit as to what you can hang on a wall. Art isn’t nec­es­sar­ily flat and rec­tan­gu­lar.

In our for­mal lounge, I en­vis­aged an en­tire wall with three-me­ter ceil­ings cov­ered in art. Con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of pieces re­quired, this would be one very ex­pen­sive exercise.

I spent the best part of 365 days cu­rat­ing a col­lec­tion of pieces and the wall is now cov­ered in a com­bi­na­tion of new, old, up­cy­cled, vin­tage, in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal pieces. Not to men­tion the $2 items I picked up from my lo­cal op shop, the hand painted oar and my spe­cial lit­tle grey bug.

Again, this wall of art is not for ev­ery­one and that’s where the beauty lies. A min­i­mal­ist might place one large black and white pho­to­graph in their space and feel the same way I do when I lay eyes upon our for­mal lounge.

For the renters, lean a clus­ter of art on your buf­fet to in­stantly boost the vibe of your lounge room.

Un­like cer­tain other as­pects of in­te­rior de­sign, op­tions for art are end­less and beauty lies in the eyes of the be­holder.

It’s about vi­su­al­is­ing your space, re­search­ing your style, trust­ing your in­stinct and go­ing with your gut. If it feels good, it’s right. For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, visit­sign­by­

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