Have you ever wondered why we decorate our homes with art and what value art provides to our lives?
You may have spent hours looking for the perfect wall art to put up in your new house, but have you wondered, what is the benefits of choosing the RIGHT artworks that will be displayed in your home every day?
Life gets busy. With stringent deadlines and multiple responsibilities, we often tend to forget and disregard the power of inspiration and end up losing our interest in creativity.
But let me tell you, as an artist, whether you are a newcomer or an expert, your wall art holds many potential benefits that you may not be aware of yet. Why? Because you are what you surround yourself with… and you achieve what you actively strive towards.
Every artwork depicts a story, and when you decorate your home, you have limitless reasons to actually choose artworks that will truly be there to inspire you each and every day.
For today, let’s dive deep into the top 7 benefits of art that can transform your life which you might not know all this while.
Improved Mental Health
There are countless people worldwide right now that are burdened with stress for many reasons. Starting from kids having a mental breakdown for not being able to achieve good grades (yes, that’s very true) to adults juggling between multiple responsibilities.
Let’s not forget, work stress and burnouts are also prevalent amongst individuals currently. The list may go on for the entire day. Such instances can trigger stress, depression, anxiety, panic, ADHD, and similar other mental health issues.
Remember the day you come running home with that first artwork you’d made in class and it instantly got put up on the fridge? It could be a mere cartoon from your pre-nursery days or an amateur sketch.
You were happy, right?
Art invokes feelings. It’s meditative. It actually doesn’t matter if its high end art from a gallery or something home made from your kids, it’s nevertheless a great source of happiness and relieving mental health issues.
If you take your time and energy into using your mind to mentally picture a beautiful place inside your head right now… Does that bring contentment to your heart and a smile to your face. I bet.
What could be more important than that?
Aren’t we all striving towards leading a happy life? Isn’t happiness the ultimate goal of our life?
Art is fun and reduces the effects of mental health issues while alleviating the stress hormones and bringing a sense of gradual relief to the neural sensors of the brain. Surrounding yourself with meaningful art, in the long run, can be a great form of self-therapy and relief.
How many times has your boss instructed you to get a task done according to him? You know the other way was better, yet you had to abide by his instructions. Of course, because he pays you!
Well, that sucks since it hinders your freedom.
Since you cannot change your workplace, why not find an alternative way to find freedom and unleash your inner self?
Art gives you freedom. It allows you to run away and explore as you look at it, and lets it embrace your mind.
There is never a right or wrong kind of art for you. If somebody told you otherwise, ignore it! Art is art.
When choosing YOUR art, you are in a non-judgemental and free space where you can pour your heart out be witnessing those strokes of color, and have nobody rule your feelings. You have the permission feel new things with art and strip away any inhibitions in your life.
Honestly, it gives you the ultimate freedom you need in life.
Often we tend to feel alone as well, even when we are surrounded by a room full of people. You may not be best at expressing the happiness or resentment you feel within yourself.
Art has the ability to fill up any room, at your will. Something chosen by you, that always supports what you think and believe. Just by laying your eyes on it, you can always escape to your own your inner nature and embrace a feeling there is a likeminded soul right there with you.
The more you start thinking about art, the better you get at exploring your own feelings, knowing yourself. You may have seen the best artists always sharing a story with their art. They use art as a medium of self-expression. That doesn’t go away when you put their art up in your home. It rather adds to it!
Sure, you may have less meaningful art in your house, different images popular on Instagram and Pinterest, but all art doesn’t have to be totally unique and authentic. Again, each artwork chosen by you helps you express your truest self and your inner potential.
Art makes you feel worthwhile, aware, and bountiful of your inner being.
You need not pretend to blend with every artwork, but make sure you surround yourself with at least a few pieces that really you really connect with!
Improved problem-solving skills
Obstacles and challenges are inevitable in life. All of us indeed have had our fair share of struggles. However, the way we handle it and manage through it has the maximum importance.
Just like our life, we can find ourself struggling choosing the art. We may be unable to find a good inspiration or a vision in our minds of what we are looking for. In such cases, the key to creativity is to be resourceful and solve problems differently.
With problems, we harness our creativity. You can find a myriad of solutions with a creative approach. Hence, when you actually find it it will have started improving your life even before you even put it up. Art improves problem-solving skills at every age and stage of life.
Engage with a community
Just like we have a community of art enthusiasts contributing their efforts into creating art for a good cause, you can also connect to similar like-minded people when you surround yourself with art.
There are countless communities worldwide for art enthusiasts(who just love to look at art) that share feedback, opinions, and views on different art forms, cultures, and so much more.
Conversing with such incredible artists and art lovers, connecting with their experiences is definitely one of the most rewarding experiences ever.
The right art on your wall is a form of positive accomplishment. Often we tend to drown ourselves with past failures and worthlessness in life; we tend to forget the little things present in our lives, making it a better place to live.
Looking at art releases the neurotransmitter dopamine into your system, which stimulates the creation of new neurons, keeps the brain active, and improves your self-esteem.
According to a research article by the NCBI, just visit a museum can improve well-being by decreasing any negative emotions and increasing the positive ones among individuals. Imagine having some of that power right in your own home. Every day.
Art is more than just a pretty picture. It is your own story, emotion, and expression. It represents your inner being and your thoughts.
You do not need to have a Picasso or Van Gogh in your home to experience the benefits of art. There are no rules, boundaries, restrictions, or hindrances when finding your perfect artwork. As long as it speaks to you, get your feelings going and your mind growing, you are all set. That is truly meaningful art.