The Rules on Rug Selection

The task of choosing the right rug for the home can be a difficult one. Some people will settle for the first carpet that catches their attention, while others will spend months looking for the perfect room centrepiece. If you’re looking to buy a new rug for your home there are a few rules that should be considered to ensure you effectively adorn and beautify the home.

a beautiful rug in a lounge roomRug size is undoubtedly an important aspect of the selection process. In this regard, the rules on rug selection emphasize the need to measure the area to guarantee a perfect fit. You may wish for the carpet to lie underneath seating furniture, however in the case of smaller rooms the space in the middle should be the focus with the available furniture gathering around the edges.

The next thing to consider is the type of rug which will be determined by the area where you want to put it. This part can be a bit tricky given the large selection available on the market. Options however can be reduced by considering how frequently the area is visited both by members of the family, guests and any household pets. For areas that have a lot of foot traffic, durable pieces will be the smart choice.

A common practice is to place highly-decorative pieces in areas where people frequently visit such as the living room. The standard and run-of-the-mill type of carpets are usually put in less-visited zones of the home. The rules on rug selection actually suggest that spreading low-maintenance and flat-woven carpets in high-traffic areas is the more logical option.

a well decorated entry to a homeThe rationale for this is that places like the living room are exposed to more of the dirt that people bring in after they enter the residence. A deep or fancy piece will make the cleaning process more difficult so it makes sense to keep an easy to wash rug in these areas. There is also the issue about the materials on which the rugs are founded. Since these are home accessories that are supposed to last for many years, it is always best to choose carpets known for their durability.

woolen or synthetic items are generally the best options as opposed to rugs produced from silk and cotton. Wool-based carpets are generally stain-free and water-resistant while effectively retaining dyed colors at the same time.

In entrance-ways to homes carpets (as opposed to floor mats) are quite uncommon, but the rules on rug selection show this to be a wise move for purpose of creating warmth. More importantly, it produces a welcoming atmosphere for new guests into the home.

a rug on the clothes line outsideThere is a need to choose the right type of floor piece to be placed along the entrance passage. An ordinary but attractive rug should be fine even as a conspicuous shoe rack can be conveniently placed on the side. This should serve as a cue to guests that going barefoot is actually welcome inside.

Another important consideration when it comes to rug selection is the amount of chemicals used to produce the piece. This may be rather complicated to control especially since all carpets contain some form of chemicals inside them. Nevertheless, there are rugs founded on natural fiber, but if the choice for synthetic carpets has already been made, these should be initially left outside for at least a week after purchase to air. After being brought inside it is still a good idea to leave open the windows to the room for the next week or so to let the new focal point of the room breathe, and any further chemical residue evaporate.

Various felt ball rug patterns

Felt Ball Rugs: Bring Some Life into your Home

The latest crazy in interior design to hit Australia are vibrant and colourful rugs. One type in particular, the felt ball rug; has been making waves with renovators and decorators throughout the country. Also known as freckle or pompom rugs, these stunning pieces of useful art are taking the world by storm.

These bright and brilliant rugs made up of colourful woolen balls, breathe life into any room, and have been popular not only in babies’ nurseries and children’s bedrooms but also in common living areas of the house. So popular have these rugs become that you can even spot them in some modern, Google-inspired offices or showrooms across Australia.

rogofficeThe rugs are originally from Nepal, and the best quality ones are still made there. Using local wool the rugs are made up of long lines of felt balls carefully woven together to form beautiful and intricate patterns of colour. The combinations of colour and patterns are virtually limitless and the unique texture and look of the rugs make them a centrepiece of any room.

The balls on authentic Nepalese rugs are as soft and silky, and the because they are made from 100% wool, they are safe for children and babies to play on. With many new parents being concerned about the safety of their children in terms of the clothes they wear and the materials they come in contact with, freckle rugs have become a must-have item. The fact they are made from wool, a far cry from many of the chemical laden and genetically modified cotton products that have saturated the market is the main driver behind this.

While you can find cheaper unauthentic felt ball rugs online, we recommend getting the genuine rugs to decorate your home or office. Cheaper copies may be made with additives or materials other than wool, so it’s better to pay a little extra for the real deal. Take a look at a variety of felt ball rugs before you decide which pattern will best suit your interior. A rug that matches your furniture and decor will blend in better, but if you want a conversation starter then go for something a bit more vibrant and eye-catching.

a colourful felt ball rugKeep in mind too if you are ordering your rug directly from Nepal it may take up to 6 weeks to arrive in Australia. If you don’t want to wait that long for your next interior feature to arrive, consider ordering from one of the Australian suppliers of genuine Nepalese items. We purchased one for our office from Milk Tooth, so we can vouch for their quality but other Australian companies may offer the same hasty delivery service as well.

As with everything, be careful of cheap knock-off copies made from non-genuine materials. You may be able to save a little bit of money initially, but there’s a high chance you’ll end up with an inferior rug, manufactured in a different country to the originals.

Brisbane Pest Control Website Wins Design Award

pestcontrolnorthbrisbaneAfter much deliberation the All Arts team have selected our favourite new website design for 2014. For its clean styling, easy to use interface and interactive and cool looking contact form selection we have chosen the Pest Control North Brisbane website as this year’s winner. The website’s main feature is a display of pests which can be targeted and clicked on via crosshairs. This adds the selected pest type to the contact form on the right of the page where the rest of the details can be easily filled out to get in contact with the pest control team.

The site was developed by the marketing and web development team at BrisDigital, a digital marketing agency based also based on the northside of Brisbane. The simple yet effective idea has given a huge boost to the pest control team from Brisbane’s northside massively increasing their contact conversion rate and helping them dramatically improve the number of jobs coming through each month.

We spoke with Julieanne at Pest Control North Brisbane who has been overjoyed at the public response to the new website and the fact that it has gained so much media attention. “At first I wasn’t so sure about the contact form idea,” she said. “I didn’t want the website to appear unprofessional or like a computer game, but I trusted the marketing team at BrisDigital as they have been so helpful to the growth of my business over the past 5 years and things have worked out great. For a site built on such a low budget we really couldn’t be happier!”

A close runner up to the Pest Control Website came with the latest offering from Rental Guardians, a property management team also from Brisbane. Their new site which was only launched in the last month is a huge improvement on their old, dated website, and really helps them stand out against their competitors in the property management arena.

The beautifully designed website with clean styling and a simplistic but aesthetic theme is a pleasure to look at. While property management probably isn’t the most exciting topic, we could browse the pages of this site all day. The site was developed by Darren a freelance web designer on the Gold Coast, through his company Knight Media. We attempted to get in touch with Darren to discuss the site design and his impressive design abilities but he was too busy working on other projects to speak with us.

Nevertheless we look forward to seeing what Darren and the team at BrisDigital come up with in the near future, and we wish all the best to the teams at Pest Control North Brisbane and Rental Guardians.

If you would like to nominate a website for next years All Arts Australian Website Design Awards, please get in touch with us via email. We’re excited to see what new interfaces and grand designs our local designers are able to come up with this time!

Using Solar LED Lighting to Create a Contemporary Landscape

LED and solar lighting are a versatile addition to a landscaped garden that can not only dramatically highlight particular features but transform a garden to give it a totally different look and feel after dark. A particular highlight or feature of the garden can be given one or more different effects at night to totally change the feature or indeed the mood of the garden. Soft warm white strip lighting around the edge of a path, deck or pool can be switched to multi-coloured fading or chasing light to transform a tranquil back yard to a festive, celebratory area perfect for a party or gathering. Solar LED Lights Pool House

The practical benefit of LED lighting is that it draws very little power, does not generate heat around plants and features, and the LED bulbs themselves have very long lifespans. Their low power requirements make them ideally suited for an independent power source such as solar charged batteries, which in turn means that there is much more flexibility in their positioning as they do not need to be wired back to a household power source.

The versatility of LED lighting is highlighted by its suitability for numerous applications and purposes. This is even truer when it comes to using solar LED lights, as there is no need to have access to mains power, just a sunny spot for the solar panel.

LED solar spotlights can highlight a path, feature plant, water feature or even a feature wall by throwing colour and/or shadows onto particular areas.  Warm white spotlights shining up onto the trunk of a small tree and under lighting its branches and leaves can create a serenity and give dimension to a garden, while changing the colour of the light to a green or red can totally change the effect and create a stunning night time showpiece.

Similarly, using solar spotlights to subtly highlight a small hedge lining a path can provide a practical illumination of the path while enhancing the gentle ambience of the area.

An outdoor deck can be speckled with small deck lights to provide safety for guests, and at the same time assist in creating a relaxing environment for a casual evening dinner with a warm glow, or a festive mood for a celebratory gathering or party with a multi-coloured transformation of the area.

Lengths of led strip lighting can be run under steps, alongside paths, around pool surrounds, and at the base of water features and garden features to provide lengths of light rather than individual ‘spots’ from spotlights. The use of this strip lighting can transform the effect of a garden feature to give it a separate life after dark. Again, changing the light from a warm white to a single or multi-coloured effect can totally transform the ambiance of the feature or garden with a simple press of a remote.Outdoor solar pool lights

Water features can be transformed with LED lighting. LEDs placed around the base of a fountain can be used to highlight jets of water as they stream into the air and dance down over the pond surface. Solar lights around the base of an urn can fold gentle colour and shadows up through the water as it trickles over the lip of the urn and cascades down the sides to collect in the pool below.

Coloured LED spotlights placed underwater in a pond can throw light up onto a rock or feature in the pond, or highlight the edge of the pond.

Incorporating LED lighting into any garden design can multiply the effects and moods created by the area, making it an attractive and versatile addition to a home.  Its compatibility with alternative power sources to mains electricity also makes LEDs a viable product for retrofitting to an existing garden or outdoor area.  The dilemma when incorporating LED lighting in your garden design is not so much whether to include it, but in selecting from the multitude of options and alternatives available. For some extra inspiration on how to make the most of your landscape design check out the biggest landscape design community on Google+. We’ve seen some great use of solar lighting to accentuate the most stunning landscapes in this group.

Using LED Lights to Enhance Your Interior

The advent of affordable, long-lasting LED lights means that LED downlights, strip lights, panel lights and bar light are all playing a bigger role in artistic interior design. People are always wowed by pretty lights; and if you want to really blow someone a way they are a cost effective way to make a big impact.

In an effort to add value to a property, especially in higher end houses and office spaces, people are looking to new and varied methods of standing out. Ten years ago feature walls were all the rage, and while they can still add to the feel of a room, some people now consider them a bit overdone or even passé. A quirky spin off from the painted feature wall came in the form of wall stickers, which are another relatively cheap and fun way to completely change the look and feel of any given room.

CeilingLEDThe rise in popularity of wall stickers and wall murals has been increasing with the popularity of home renovation shows like The Block and My House Rules, however trends seem to come and go and it appears the LED lighting is about to steal its thunder.

Following with the theme of the previously mentioned room features, LED lighting is used to highlight or even be the highlight of the room. Using coloured LED strip or panel lights around an indented or concave ceiling can leave a have an almost hypnotic effect, with almost any mood setting possible through the endless number of potential colour combinations and lighting effects.

LED downlighting is another great way to enhance a room. While downlights do not have the same futuristic or colourful effect potential that LED strip and bar lights do, they offer something more refined. If you’re looking to make your bedroom a little more romantic, then LED downlights might be the thing for you. They create and ambience of panache that coloured LED strip and panel lights cannot. At the flick of a switch or the twist of a knob, you can turn down the luminosity of you lights or even change their hue, to fit in with whatever mood you’re in.

BathroomLEDThe best thing about all these interior lighting ideas – not only will they light your home in a much more impressive way than traditional lighting but they’ll also save you money! LED lights are designed to last far longer than traditional lightbulbs and even compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and they use minimal power so your wallet will thank you at the end of the month. With the continual research going into LED lights, bulbs are looking like they’re going to get cheaper and more efficient too.

One Australian business based out of Brisbane has developed a new form of LED downlight that can be pulled apart and rebuilt easily at home. This means that is a single diode on a light expires; it can be quickly and easily replaced without the need to replace any other parts on the rest of the bulb. LED Arts’ LED Downlights are in production as we write this and will be released onto the market by August this year! The team here at All Arts are all very excited about the new technology because it mean we will be able to buy energy efficient LED lighting with minimal running costs and almost negligible diode replacement costs. Not only will these lights be a savior to the increasingly money-conscious, Australian consumer, they’ll also stop the creation of mountains or waste each year as people dispose of bulbs just because a small part of them no longer works.

While it may be in vogue right now to be concerned about the environment, a useful solution that can make our homes or workspaces seem more refined, more homely and so much more spectacular in our opinion, while also benefitting our children’s future, could never be a bad thing. As more and more people realize the economic and aesthetic benefits of LED lighting and LED downlights, expect to see them popping up even more frequently. So if you want to maximize you own wow effect, get in early while this interior design trend is still in its infancy!

How to Create a Bohemian Style Interior

Paris on Ponce & Le Maison Rouge

Photo By: Paris on Ponce & Le Maison Rouge

Taking inspiration from bohemian style is a great way to create a relaxed setting in the home. It gives a feeling of being carefree and allows the homeowner to let their creativity run free as they set about creating a unique interior. Boho style is about bringing together a mix of unusual looks from different times and bringing it all together; perhaps the best thing about using this type of interior decoration is that it doesn’t matter if the styles traditionally mix – it’s about creating a look that is unique to your place, creating your own distinct style, and being unconventional.

Combining this type of style within the golden ratio for interior design we discussed last week will ensure a stellar result for the look of your home. Here are some easy to follow tips for bringing bohemian style to your home.


The colours that are widely used when creating a boho or gypsy style interior are metallic shades and rich, earthy colours such as browns. These can then be combined with brighter, bolder colours such oranges, purples and blues.

Patterns are also popular when creating a bohemian theme, but remember, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating boho chic so don’t worry about traditional colour schemes.


Textiles are important to creating this unconventional, gypsy inspired look. Find rugs, curtains and blankets that are made from different materials and that have different textures. These types of textiles are ideal for putting the finishing touches to the interior and complementing the overall look.


The great things about bohemian furniture is that is doesn’t have to be new, in fact, the older and more lived in the better. Look out for ethnic style furniture, unusual pieces, and items from different eras. Many websites offer furniture free for collection, which is a good way of obtaining a mix of different pieces for people that are trying to complete a bohemian style interior on a budget.


Find some mixed accessories to complete the boho look. These could be small items that are collected from flea markets etc. Look for small pieces such as vases, wall art, clocks, mirrors, unusual lampshades etc. Choose anything that comes from a different age or time, and bring it all together for an eclectic mix that makes your home distinctive from everyone else.

With these few tips it shouldn’t be long before you are on your way to creating the ultimate bohemian designer pad for you and your family.


Interior Design and the Golden Ratio

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89… The Fibonacci number sequence, commonly associated with the gold ratio. The golden ratio, the golden mean, or phi (thigh, not pie!) is a ratio of 1:1.61803399. This number is believed to be the “blueprint of life” and it can be found in a huge variety of formats such as shells, flowers, ancient Greek buildings to more modern portrayals such as the power outlet that your computer may be plugged into. This ratio is believed to be the way of ranking items by their aesthetics, which subconsciously appeals to humans.

FibonacciWhat does this have to do with interior design you ask? Well, look at the golden ratio in action in the photo to the left. What do you see? A series of rectangles and a spiral, yes, but the spiral is connecting all of the rectangles within the golden rectangle (A construction of the Fibonacci numbers) The 60:30:10 rule is fundamental, but not imperative, of interior design that can be applied to whole range of different items within a room. This could be applied to the colours shown; having a dominant colour present that will be present throughout the room allows for Suit Designhalf being a secondary colour that pairs well with the original colour. These two will be bettered with a final accent colour that is just as important as the previous two. This rule is best exemplified by a suit:

Here both examples are dominated by black and blue. These colours make the “60” in the rule and are accompanied by a white shirt that represents the “30”. The tie here acts as the “10”, bringing the suit together and completing the 60:30:10 rule.

In an interior design setting, the following photo shows the rule in full effect:

Interior Design FibonacciMuch like the suit example, this room has the pale green dominating accompanied with the cream furniture and curtains,  with a small placing of black to maximise visual appeal. The wall art is dominated by the colour purple, which acts as a further step down in the sequence. The effect given by these two examples are not just a coincidence. These are shown in the golden rectangle as it progressively becomes a smaller spiral, whereas the rule progressively becomes smaller.

This rule is not restricted to colour, with it also being found present in the amount of furniture being recommended to be present in a room. Around 60% of a floor surface is suggested to contain a form of furniture due to being able to fill out a room without it looking full and reducing the ability to navigate the room. Interior design has a mixture of art and mathematics, both needs to be applied with consideration when taking on interior design.

A great way to design a room can be stemmed back from golden ratio, which not only designs nature, but also your surroundings, including your room. If you feel your room looks “off”, I suggest going back the basics in locating the issue so try and see if your room fits the golden ratio in all forms. Don’t feel like you have to strictly conform to this rule with everything, but see it as a guideline rather than rule that mustn’t be broken. After all, designing an interior is a form of art too many restrictions don’t make for good artwork.

Website Design Inspiration

Because the team here at All Arts are interested in all things design and creativity related, we recently ventured into the online realm to take a look at several local Australian web designers and their recent creations. As the internet ages, it becomes harder and harder to think of website design ideas that haven’t been done before, and a lot of newer designs are just adaptions of older ones with changes that the designers hope are improvements.

Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 5.04.15 PMThe recent advent of WordPress has completely changed the website creation landscape. Now the number one website builder in the world, WordPress has made it possible for any Joe Schmoe to sit down at a computer and build a website. This has been great for the industry simply by the fact that it has brought a plethora of new web designers and their artful creations onto the Internet landscape, the small price to pay being that there are lots more spammy and poorly designed sites now hosted online as well, as newbies and spammers take advantage of this easy-to-use platform.

A simple Google search for “Website Design Awards” will bring up a host of brilliant and beautiful sites. From the wacky to the wonderful, it’s easy to find a host of web design art and creative ideas if you’re looking for inspiration for your next website showpiece. We took a look as some magnificent designs, as a new wave of young Australian talent breaks into the web design scene. Today we would like to discuss some of the inspirational designs Gold Coast web design team Knight Media have created over the past year.

Brisbane SkylineDarren the founder of Knight Media has been working in the website design and development scene since 1998. Having been in the industry for so long has given him a very important “sixth-sense” when it comes to creating sites that appeal visually, but are also easy-to-use and convert at a high rate. One website he has recently finished updating is for a Brisbane-based Digital Marketing Agency. BrisDigital are a SEO and digital marketing company and wanted a website the would impress, while also being informative and functional. Knight Media suggested the night-time, fish-eye photograph which is the focal point of the website because it alludes to the company being modern and fresh, and the fading horizons of the globe represent how the world is now completely connected via digital means.

“The directors of BrisDigital loved the idea of the Brisbane skyline shot from a helicopter. The stunning photo really does take center stage on the website and builds a subconscious connection between the advent of technology and the digital-world and the Brisbane SEO company in the mind of the viewer.” He said. “There is always an angle that needs to be represented to make any website successful. In some industries building trust is the most important thing to converting traffic, while in others giving a comforting vibe is more important.”

bohoaustraliaDarren and the team at Knight Media have recently expanded their operations and are now building site for clientele all around the globe, not just locally on the Gold Coast. That said however, another of their websites which we really like the look of is The Freedom State, a Gold Coast-based online store that specializes in bohemian clothing. Based in Australia but selling globally, The Freedom State has built a very strong following during the short time it has been operating.

“The simply design really puts the focus on the photography that showcases our bohemian collections of dresses, pants, tops and accessories.” Mandy, the owner of The Freedom State said when we spoke with her on Skype. “Everybody loves the look of the new website and since it went up in early December last year, traffic has been up and we have been converting at a higher rate. Working with the team at Knight Media has been one of the best business decision I have made!” Taking a look through Darren’s portfolio of prior work we are sure there are a host of other people who are also overjoyed with their stunningly designed and successful new websites.

If you’re an up and coming designer or just want to get some inspiration for your own website, take a look at any of the host of new talent being showcased all around the globe and adapt the ideas to suit your business. There are so many vibrant and creative new talents on the global web design scene, perhaps you too can be one of them?


Brightening Your Space with Wall Art

Self-adhesive wall art has been around long before reality TV home renovation shows ever aired on Television. Creative and intelligent interior designers have been utilizing these stickers for years as a quick, cheap and cheerful way to completely alter the atmosphere of a room. In the same way that mirrored walls can make a room appear to be much larger, DIY wall murals can completely alter the feel and look of any given space, making them appear brighter, more spacious or even more modern, depending on the selected sticker designs.

Take a look and see how some custom wallpaper murals could completely change the interior of your home or office!

NYCwallartWall murals are a great way to upgrade the look and feel of your home of office without spending a huge amount of capital. Morale is going to be much higher in an office with a fun and vibrant feel, and many office managers have been upgrading their drab walls in an attempt to project a lively workplace vibe. Wall stickers are a great option for renters as well, opening up the potential for a completely makeover of their living space without causing any permanent damage to walls or paintwork.

Wall Vision is the name of one Australian company that is synonymous with self-adhesive wall art. We spoke with Kylie the owner of the Sunshine Coast based firm about the direction the industry is going in. “People spend the majority of their lives indoors. In an ideal world we’d be outside getting fresh air and sunshine for the majority of the day, but unfortunately that just isn’t how most people live. That doesn’t mean you have to live inside a dull and soul-sucking environment though!”

“Purchases for DIY wall murals have been increasing over the last decade as more and more people become aware of the potential to improve their internal decor. House Rules, at television show about home renovations on Channel 7, brought a lot of attention to the wall art industry when they showcased how dramatically these stickers can change the atmosphere of a room, but even without this exposure the industry has definitely been in a growth phase for the last few years.”

A decade ago large wall stickers were prohibitively expensive and only savvy, high-end, interior designers really ever utilized them. In 2014 however, advanced in technology and increasing demand have caused a large drop in prices and people all around the world are taking advantage. “The stickers can be purchased online and shipped to your door in a very short time. Installation is relatively simple and people can completely change the interior of their home or office in under and hour!” Kylie finished.

A look around the Wall Vision office and through their extensive photo galleries of before and after photos was really eye opening. The possibilities of self-adhesive wall art are virtually limitless, from cityscapes to virtual ocean views, to false brick or cracked cement walls, to cartoon wonderlands. The ability to turn any photo or image into wall art means you are only limited by your own imagination. Take a look at the Wall Vision image galleries for ideas, or upload your own favourite photo for that personal touch.

We expect even more growth in the wall art industry over the coming years as more and more people become aware of how they can so quickly and easily add a little pizazz to their home or office. If you’re thinking about upgrading your living or work space and need ideas, be sure to keep an eye out for the 2014 season of House Rules for some inspiration!

Featured Artist – Terl

What’s up Terl, thanks for coming into the studio today, what artistic masterpiece are you going to design for us?

I was looking at designing some wildstyle text with a 3D background for you. Lots of greens and purples.

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Sounds great! Tell us, when did you start painting and what drew you to graffiti?

I think I began painting in 1998. I started seeing graffiti around the place and just got stuck in the whirlpool. We started off taking photos and whacking them up on our website, then moved onto painting our own pieces and designing our own websites. On a recent trip to Melbourne I did a tour of some alley-way street art and found it to be quite inspiring.

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Some Melbourne alleyway street art

What does style mean to you, and how would you describe yours?

Style in art is a reflection of personality and character. The type of person you are reflects in the way paint. My style is derived from my old wildstyle letters that have been rebuilt and influenced by Fresh Force Crew and Evil Ones among others. I am quite savvy with Photoshop because of my work as a web designer on the Gold Coast so I have been experimenting with computer generated symmetrical backgrounds to add an extra layer of fun to my artwork.

Wildstyle Design

So you mentioned you’re in the website design business, does your graffiti background sneak into any of your client’s websites?

Sometimes it does. From a creative perspective I love it when a client gives me free reign to design their website however I like, these types of sites sometimes have a graffiti influence. But i do have to keep in mind most of these websites I’m designing are for professional businesses and therefore have to look as such.

Have you had the opportunity to travel and paint? Where?

Sydney, North Queensland, Melbourne, South Africa, South America, USA, and NZ. South Africa was wild, i would love to go back and paint there again.

What other interests do you have aside from being a writer?

Sketching, traveling, graphic design, web design, and playing with my kids.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to up and coming painters?

Have fun, do a lot of damage before you turn active not an actress!