Having original and limited edition art in the home is vital to your well-being. Art is a key piece of furniture for many reasons and yet it is sometimes put on the back burner in comparison to other home décor items. This list is dedicated to the understanding of importance of art from perspectives of interior design, well-being, social atmosphere, creating a mood in the home, and more. One quote that stands out about the importance of original art is the following,
“You would never put fake books on your bookshelf, so why would you put fake art on your walls?”
For all of the following reasons, you can find the perfect work for your home or office on our online here.
1. Art Creates Mood
Brain scans have revealed that looking at works of art trigger a surge of dopamine into the same area of the brain that registers desire, pleasure, and romantic love (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-the-wild-things-are/201109/love-desire-and-art). Romantic, sublime landscapes provoke contemplation of nature and purity. Such works then create a mood of peace and are good for relaxation rooms such as the bedroom.
2. Art Adds Personal Character to the Home
We all love to express ourselves, be it through clothing, accessories, social media – the list goes on! Art in the home is a perfect way to express your artistic and aesthetic interests in a way different from most, since original and limited edition artwork is unique and handcrafted.
3. Art Makes Memories
Buying real art is an experience. For whatever reason, you were drawn to a specific piece (or multiple). You may have seen it at a show opening, had a nice trip to the ice cream shop beforehand. Whatever happened leading up to/during/after the purchase of a meaningful original work will be remembered every time you see it. This will not happen with a poster from Ikea.
4. Art Provides a Color Palette
When rooms have a lot of colors, or many shades of the same color, it can be hard to figure out how to tie everything together. A work of art is a beautiful, meaningful way to tie everything together and create a general focal point.
5. Art Makes a Room Feel Finished
When walls are empty, a room does not necessarily look bad, but by no means does it look finished. Rooms with empty walls are functional rooms in a house. Rooms with art work are the most comfortable rooms in a home.
6. Art Inspires and Fosters Creativity
This one is simple – in rooms with no art, artistic expression is lacking and therefore the need and want for creativity is not very prominent. On the opposite end of the spectrum, handcrafted art fosters creativity, expression, artistic inspiration. This is particularly important in homes with children as being surrounded by artwork will allow creative thinking. This idea is expanded on in reason 11.
7. Art Is a Conversation Starter
As mentioned in reason 2, hanging art in your home is a way of expressing oneself. That being said, guests will always be curious about the choice of artwork, the story, have questions about the artist, etc. It is a way to show off your art collection while having passionate conversations with house guests no matter what room in the house you happen to be in!
8. Buying Art Supports Art Education
One of the most important things about buying original and limited edition artwork is that you are supporting art education in a world that has forgotten how important it is to our lives. Each time you have a look at a work in your home, it provides a feel-good emotion that filters in all areas of your life. Supporting art and art education is just another wonderful way of expressing our values.
9. Original and Limited Edition Art is an Investment
Building off of reason 8, not only does owning valuable artwork in the home allow you to support arts education, but when purchasing original or limited edition art from a known artist there is an investment value. These artworks can be passed down through family and friends, be shared with loved ones for many years all while increasing in worth. This is never something that will be achieved with a mass produced “Made in Taiwan” piece bought from the furniture store.
10. Art Creates a Livable Environment
Art can make rooms that are not necessarily “home-y” to become comfortable working and living environments. A kitchen, for example, can transform from a place of hurried preparation to one of relaxation and productivity all the with addition of a valuable art piece. Attached is an article explaining how artwork in office spaces improves employee productivity (http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2015/01/12/can-office-artwork-influence-employee- productivity/#243c119d2c44).
11. Art Keeps the Brain Active
Art is very conceptual, artists use it as a medium to express personal thought, political or social issues, and to make us as viewers think. Some people do quizzes or crossword puzzles to keep their brain active, but another way to do so is to own original artwork in the home, to just sit, look, and think. For more benefits of art read this.
12. Art is Relaxing
In a busy, fast-paced world that demands speed and productivity, home should be a place of relaxation. Coming home from a busy day at work to sit on your couch and stare at a TV or a blank wall is not as recharging or relaxing as enjoying an artwork purchased with the means to create a positive mood. Not to mention how we feel when caring for little children. Art offers a way for them to see the world and for us to be inspired.
13. Curating Your Own Art Gallery is Fun!
Last but certainly not least, curating a gallery is fun! Attending show openings, going to galleries, chatting with artists’ even, it is a fun experience! After a while you will start to notice a theme, in subject matter, color, concept, etc. Playing with moods, composition, placement in the home, of all these reasons why to have art in the home, let’s not forget the fact that it is simply something fun to do. So go ahead, fill your life (and home with art!)
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Original List Written by Kayla Miller. Edited and reformatted in 2017 by Maria Bereket