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  • Writer's pictureWendy Mckay

Choosing Artwork: Elevate Your Space and Mood.

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

Artist: Dieter Hanf

We have never been at home in our private spaces more then we have now. "Home isn't a place but a feeling" is a familiar quote that rings true for many of us. When I think of my own space I think of the sensations that wash over me stepping in the door; that of warmth, light, comfort, and creativity. Although some of those feelings have changed due to longer working hours in my now kitchen slash office space (I'm sure many of you can commiserate). Recent statistics states that the number of people who work from home has increased by 140% since 2005. Because for so many of us this home/work life is our new reality, there's no time like the present to bring some color, mood amplifying contrast and pizzazz into our well lived in accommodations.

# 1. Create a Statement.

Everyone has there own individual style and its important to consider this when picking out artwork for your home. Art is subjective and highly personal and it can say important things about a person when words falter. When choosing works of art for your home its best to go with pieces that reflect your personality, passions, and interests. Studies show when we surround ourselves with art we find pleasing it brings us more happiness and satisfaction. Neurobiologist Semir Zeki found that viewing this kind of art causes joy similar to the feeling of falling in love.

#2. Consider Contrasts.

Creating contrasts with color and/or style is an effective way to add depth to the design of your home and can be a great conversation starter with guests. There are a few ways to achieve this such as mixing old with new. For example, placing a classic piece of art in a contemporary space or combine a modern work with an ornate frame. Contrasting colors in art are attractive since they play off of one another's intensity. Our eyes like to see the explosive pop of yellow alongside a purple wall; the colors balance one another as they stimulate different parts of the eye at the same time. A great example of opposites attracting.

#3. Spark The feeling.

Using art to transform the mood of a space is a powerful design tips. Be it dramatic or tranquil, art has a way of conveying our desired feeling for a space. A neutral color or monochromatic pallet will help create a minimalist look and evoke a calmness to the space. In contrast, vibrant art can bring about vitality and energy to a room. Art aligning with our emotions brings it to another level. It resonates with each of us differently, speaking to our more sensitive faculties, and holds a space that is entirely personal and touches us in transformative new ways.

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Oct 14, 2020

A well-written post on the connection between art and our psyche. Concrete suggestions for increasing joy using the right art pieces to create a perfect personal oasis of calm and creativity for each individual space.

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