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Your Art Therapy

Updated: May 3, 2020

Did you know that "arts can provide a diagnostic image of culture and the individual, and provide healing for mental and physical health"?

"Studies show that the artistic endeavor may reduce stress and health complaints, improve immune function, provide both physical and psychological benefits, and even help people live longer."

Click here to read a study about the importance and effects of art in our lives.

Maybe it's my European upbringing, but I've always believed in the power of art and music (which is another form of art--may be a post for another day).

Art has both a silent voice and a grand impact. It's deeply intimate and personal. Two people can look at the same painting and feel different emotions.

I have to get to know my clients before I can help them choose artwork. Their art isn't just about their style but who they are as people. What's more, what purpose will the room serve? That also informs the choices we make about art.

When selecting art, my favorite question to ask is, "How do you want to feel here? What do you want people to feel when they walk into the room?"

I love recommending art for my clients, and it brings joy to my heart when they love my selection.

So here are a few tips to create the feeling you're after in your home.

1. Purpose

What do you want to feel in this room? Does the art you've chosen awaken those feelings?

2. Tones or Color

You want to select art that flows with the rest of your decor. So pay attention to the tones in the room. If you love color, and your home shows it, art that's soft and muted will get lost on the wall. And if you love neutral tones, stay away from bright art. Or if you must have bright art, you'll need to add accents, such as pillows, throws, candles, frames, floral arrangements, etc in similar tones. This will make the art feel like it belongs.

3. Size

Go big!!!!

Of course, there are always exceptions to design rules. But 90% of the time, larger art will make your room look bigger, less cluttered, and it will make a grand statement.

And lastly.....I have recently listened to the fabulous podcast, done by Alice Lane Interiors.

My favorite phrase by their guess speaker was this:

"Art is a match for your heart" I couldn't agree more!

Till next time,



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