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Five Reasons why it is a Very Good Idea to have Art in your Home!

Fine art oil painting
Niamh Birch - Sitting on Mum's Parquet Floor
Here are my five reasons why I think it's a great idea to get some artwork in your house...

Reason #1

It almost goes without saying that art can make your home more beautiful and inviting. A well-chosen piece of art can add a touch of gravitas, sophistication and style to any room. It can also help to create a more inviting and comfortable space. A collection of thoughtfully chosen artworks throughout your home can give character and depth to painted walls, complementing the soft furnishings you have chosen, elevating your home environment to a whole new level. By choosing art that reflects your experiences, beliefs and aspirations you can create a completely unique aesthetic and a place that really feels like you!

Reason #2

Art can be a source of inspiration and creativity, sparking new ideas and helping you to see the world in a new way. Looking at art offers the opportunity to exercise critical thinking, increase self awareness and can even produce a deeper connection to others and their experiences as we share what we feel and try to interpret what we see. Studies have repeatedly shown how viewing fine art can encourage an increased capacity for empathy, tolerance and critical thinking (and who doesn't want to encourage those traits wherever possible!)

Reason #3

Art can actually increase the value of your home! Studies have shown that homes that feature art tend to sell for up to 15 percent more than homes without. This is because art can add a sense of style and sophistication to a home, making it more appealing to potential buyers. Homes filled with art appear more inviting and striking works of art can make the property stand out in a sea of homes for sale. Intriguing art collections make the property feel fascinating to potential buyers, encouraging them to view the property in the first place and subsequently entice them into feeling that they too could make your house a home.

Reason #4

Art can help you feel more connected to the art community. When you buy art from a local artist, you are not only supporting their livelihood, but you are also supporting the local arts community. This is a great way to give back to the community and show your appreciation for the arts. When you buy from an artist or an independent gallery rather than opting for mass-produced art, you’ll own a piece that is 100% unique, a complete one off, exclusive to you and your home and that opportunity alone is priceless!

Reason #5

Art can make you happier! Studies have shown that people who live in homes with art tend to be happier and healthier than people who live in homes without art. This is because art can help to reduce stress, improve mood, and increase feelings of well-being. Viewing artwork can help you escape the day to day, even if just momentarily, taking you back to a place or feeling that brought you great happiness or contentment. A University of London study demonstrated that when you view a piece of beautiful artwork there will be an instantaneous release of dopamine (the chemical linked to feelings of love) into the brain, and who doesn’t want that buzz in their life! In addition, viewing an abstract piece allows a moment of mindfulness, your brain will try and make sense of what you are looking at for example, what are the shape, patterns and textures you are seeing? Looking at a more realistic painting or drawing might make you consider the perspective, setting and subject. Your mind will slow down and refocus while it contemplates these things allowing a moment of calm and reflection.

So, if you are looking for ways to improve the look, feel, and value of your home then consider adding some art. It is a great way to add a personal touch to your space, and it can also improve your well-being, what are you waiting for?!

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