Science-backed Reasons to Display Art in Your Home

Art has many health and wellness benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety. Viewing photographs of nature, for example, can instill calm and ease by activating your parasympathetic nervous system

You can maximize the healing power of art by hanging it in your living space. After all, this is likely where you spend the most time and we’re all in need of a positive pick-me-up these days. Curating your collection at home can help inspire a wide range of human emotions, such as love, connection, and pleasure. With a little research, you can choose pieces based on how they will lift you up at home. 

Art can also motivate us to take action, making it the perfect addition to any home gym or office. Motivational sayings, active photographs, or pieces that reflect your goals and desires can serve as a nice reminder to get up and go after your goals.  

Here are some of the ways displaying art in the home can benefit you and your brain: 

  • Decreases stress levels
  • Promotes creativity and critical thinking
  • Fosters empathy, love, and pleasure
  • Adds personality
  • Drives conversation and connection
  • Builds an investment

When curating a collection, you’ll realize that there’s no wrong way to do it. It’s all about finding pieces that speak to you and evoke feelings of calm, connection, and pleasure. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Start with an inspiration board that focuses on your style and personality — make sure to keep your budget in mind, too. 
  2. Embrace colors and textures when choosing pieces, as a variety tends to work best. 
  3. Pick pieces that mean something to you. This is especially important if you want your art to motivate you. 
  4. Hang pieces at eye level so you and your guests can easily enjoy and discuss the art. 

Interested in learning more about the benefits of art in the home and how to choose pieces that speak to you? Check out this visual from The Zebra below.

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