Your office needs more artworks this 2018! (Infographic)

Can artwork have a direct impact on employee productivity, better company image and spatial benefits? More and more studies prove that the answer is yes.

Some people may see paintings that hang on the wall, or sculpture on blank corners are just space-fillers, something that interior decorator puts there only for the sake of it. True enough, the impact of art in the workplace is often underestimated. Many would think that it is all about just the aesthetics of the office, but, what they fail to see is the impacts of art more than what it meets the eye.

According to research, art has the power to boost creativity and reduce stress among office workers who are trapped inside the office for 8-9 hours per day. The relaxing, contemplative aspects of art can help lower the stress levels of what we all recognize can be a high-stress setting, which in return, can boost their drive to work faster and better.

Your office needs more artworks this 2018!

When it comes to art as a tool for stress relief, 47% of men and 80% of the women noted that art at the office could reduce their stress-levels and 92% of the women believe that workplace art affects their general working health and wellbeing, while 71% of the men think so.

For everyone, being surrounded by art can cause good vibes, inspiration, motivation, and passion. Imagine how workers would react if their workplace is not as dull, uninspiring, bland office with white walls and clutter everywhere? Of course, the environment and setting take its toll on their performance.

Artworks on the walls also ‘distract’ the workers, in a positive way. It serves as something that keeps their eyes off the computer monitor and screen, which can have adverse effects on their eye health and well being.

The corporate world will boom better if incorporated into art. Today, business owners are beginning to understand that displaying artwork in the workplace does more than making the office more aesthetically pleasing or impress visitors and potential clients. In fact, it can do more benefit for the company than imagined. Being surrounded by artworks and creative vibes increases an employee’s efficiency, productivity, and creativity.

Art inspires and unlocks creative potential.

The brain is programmed to feel inspired whenever they see inspiring pictures or paintings. This is why motivational quotes often come with images of magnificent sunsets, towering trees, and mountains, or feats of athleticism.

The inspiration that one feels upon looking at art unlocks creative potential, helping to produce and generate innovative ideas. Innovative ideas, in turn, lead to new business practices and promotional campaigns, which ultimately create economic growth.

At the same time, art helps connect with clients. Since art is considered a universal language which connects people with feelings and different interpretations, it can be a common ground for you and your clients.

Art encompasses life in all its aspects. Not only in aesthetics but in a way, the quality of life and the kind of world we live in is affected, influenced by arts. Arts serves the purpose of beauty, as well as complexity in its entirety. We see how art gives room for science and technology to improve. How travelers travel the world in search of arts, how art helps hospital patients to recover and how workers enhance their quality of work when surrounded by art.

Incorporating art into your business helps “shape the company’s unique style, spirit, and character, and convey that character to employees, partners, clients, and prospective clients.” This move does not only mean its better for your employees, but for your clients and customers as well.

Art is one of the many concrete ways of manifesting the company’s values. Because art is relevant in the branding of a company’s image, it is also considered one of the most concrete ways of establishing a connection, as well as leaving a lasting impression both on the employees who see it day after day, and on clients who visit either once or frequently. An office’s design—from the layout, colors, lighting and decorative pieces only goes so far in identifying how a company wants to be perceived by its employees and clients.

It shows a management, or leaders who care enough about the employee experience, as well as their clients and customers’ experiences to maintain a space that will make people feel good and expressive in the place they spend most of their days.

It is simple: art is cool right now. There’s a brand new focus on creating fun, exciting work environments to entice the best and brightest employees. All those classic, serious and bare office walls are out, those creative and innovative workspaces are in.

As the new year comes by quickly, maybe it is the time that your company focuses on the internal aspects of your company that will eventually radiate to your business’ image and reputation. It is time to make the changes that will count.

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Workers love an environment with more art on it; studies say

It turns out, high pay and salary is not the only thing that drives an average worker. Studies find out that more artworks inside their workspace make them more productive too.

Splashes of colors and exciting curves can alter the mood of a meeting room or spark a new idea for a campaign like a light bulb on top of your head. Aside from making a bland and boring office, can artwork have a direct impact on employee productivity, better company image and spatial benefits? It seems the answer is yes.

Some people may see paintings that hang on the wall, or sculpture on empty corners are just space-fillers, something that interior decorator puts there only for the sake of it. True enough, the impact of art in the workplace is often underestimated. Many would think that it is all about just the aesthetics of the office, but, what they fail to see is the impacts of art more than what it meets the eye.

According to research, art has the power to boost creativity and reduce stress among office workers who are trapped inside the office for 8-9 hours per day. The relaxing, contemplative aspects of art can help lower the stress levels of what we all recognize can be a high-stress setting, which in return, can boost their drive to work faster and better. One team of researchers from the Exeter University’s School of Psychology found that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are not only happier and healthier they are also up to 32% more productive.

It is also interesting to note the contrast of how art affects the male and the female’s brain. A study found that the impact of art on the individual employee regarding work ethic/motivation, creativity, stress-level and general well-being seems to be higher on women than on men. 80% of the male respondents all agreed that art only has a little or minor effect on their work ethic and motivation, while 54% of the female office workers recalled how art has a moderate to a significant impact on their creativity at the office.

When it comes to art as a tool for stress relief, 47% of men and 80% of the women noted that art at the office could reduce their stress-levels and 92% of the women believe that workplace art affects their general working health and wellbeing, while 71% of the men think so.

For everyone, being surrounded by art can cause good vibes, inspiration, motivation, and passion. Imagine how workers would react if their workplace is not as dull, uninspiring, bland office white walls and clutter everywhere? Of course, the environment and setting take its toll on their performance.

Artworks on the walls also ‘distract’ the workers, in a positive way. It serves as something that keeps their eyes off the computer monitor and screen, which can have adverse effects on their wellbeing.

“Longer distance views, away from computer screens or written documents, allow the eyes to adjust and re-focus, which reduces fatigue, headaches and the effects of eye strain in the long term. Views also have a positive impact on wellbeing, in part by providing a mental connection with other groups of people while in a safe space,” states a report from the World Green Building Council.

Investing in a quality art for your office and workspace is one proven useful measure of retaining staff and encouraging them to be in the room, at a time when people increasingly want to work remotely, says Alex Heath, managing director at International Art Consultants, which advises workplaces on art.

This trend will not only benefit your employees but can also improve your reputation and identity as a company. Art is one of the many concrete ways of manifesting the company’s values. Because art is relevant in the branding of a company’s image, it is also considered one of the most concrete ways of establishing a connection, as well as leaving a lasting impression both on the employees who see it day after day, and on clients who visit either once or frequently. An office’s design—from the layout, colors, lighting and decorative pieces only goes so far in identifying how a company wants to be perceived by its employees and clients.

What kind of art sells most to hospitals?

Did you know that art has a lot more scientifically-proven benefits on your health? In fact, there is a deeper reason why artworks are displayed and hanged in almost every place integral to your life—your homes, your workplace, vacant spaces, and hospitals.

More than making you feel happy, relaxed, thinking, or calm, differently themed artworks can do wonders for your mental health and overall disposition and well-being. If you think art is used in spaces as just fillers and decorations, you might be surprised that it is a lot more than that. In fact, many studies have proven the correlation of the impacts of artworks and their effects on productivity, relaxation, de-stressing, and even healing from health issues.

Numerous studies have found out that paintings and other works of art found in hospitals help patients and families in the healing process. Researchers have concluded that there are direct links between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, hospitals are considering and choosing artworks based on the evidence and giving it a higher priority than mere decoration for sterile rooms and corridors.

Research suggests patients are positively affected by nature themes and figurative art with unambiguous, positive faces that convey a sense of security and safety.

Some patients in its survey reported they were motivated to get out of bed to view the artwork. Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder are reported the most significant improvement in mood.

With more and more studies showing a direct link between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, the majority of the hospitals in the United States are giving arts a higher priority than mere decoration for sterile rooms and corridors.

Since the millennium, medical facilities including hospitals, clinics, senior living residences, and dental and medical offices have started to recognize the importance of providing healing and aesthetically pleasing environments.

In 2006 a Department of Health Working Group on Arts and Health reported that the arts have ‘a clear contribution to make and offer major opportunities in the delivery of better health, wellbeing and improved experience for patients, service users and staff alike.’

Nature landscapes

According to art consultants, pieces that depict nature—be it random illustrations of scenes or local views are a hit when it comes to healthcare art. This is because art that shows a vast space can magically make a room more prominent, and more spacious, which can help sick patients relax and feel not constrained. Nature-themed artworks are also more colorful, creating a more vibrant ambiance.

Forms of Water

There’s just something about the view of the sea that is always encouraging for patients and healthcare staff alike. According to art consultants, paintings and artworks that depict seascapes, harbors, and beach scenes are also easy to sell because people love looking at any water form.

First off, the color blue is calming, and studies found that the human mind is naturally attracted to any body of water. Scientists also discover that being near the sea or the ocean makes a person more creative and calmer.

A group of researchers found that people are naturally more drawn to images with the color blue on it. By showing photographs of a variety of landscapes to a group of participants, the results significantly suggest people enjoy looking at images with blue in it more compared to those which only has greenery. The data collected show that pictures with green space received a positive response, as Ulrich has found. However, photos with both green and blue got the most favorable response of all. After all, blue and green are complementary colors.

Scenes of everyday life

Paintings that depict true-to-life scenarios, events or people are also one of the top choices for hospitals. This is one way to create a brand for the industry, especially if the artworks were commissioned by local artists. Through these artworks, a hospital can transform itself into a gallery or museum where guests can enjoy their time while waiting for their loved ones.

Abstract Images

Studies have shown that hospital rooms, hallways, and lobbies filled with abstract art can be beneficial for both the patients, their visitors, as well as its staff. According to studies, looking at abstract artworks has positive effects on the brain and body. When exposed to art, the brain relaxes and releases hormones that calm the body and nerves, making the viewer more comfortable and stress-free.

Abstract arts are also one of the most popular art themes because it is safe, open to interpretation and can serve as a conversation starter for everyone, lifting the often sad and depressing ambiance of hospitals.

How Art Innovates Tourism, Health, and Workspace – Infographic

The modern world we live in today allows art not only be viewed as an aesthetic but an integral part of life and progress. From tourism to healing and science and technology, the role and importance of art are acknowledged and used as a tool for innovation in such industries.

Art and Tourism

Some may find the concept of art tourism as a new and emerging trend, but as a matter of fact, has been used for centuries by many societies.

Art covers a big segment of the tourism industry because people around the globe travel around to visit, see wonderful things and experience the culture of another country, as well as engage in activities greatly related to art such as festivals, food, and museums.

It is considered one of the biggest trend in hospitality and tourism today. The thought of it can be quite fascinating, how can something present since the earliest centuries is a changing game in hospitality and tourism today?

As a matter of fact, the new trend is being done—in hotels and restaurants, even in airports and public transportation stations. Indeed, art is used as a tool to invite more people and draw more people into places. At the same time, art decor is not just being displayed in your hotel room for ornamental purposes, but rather as a hoteliers’ marketing strategy. According to The New York Times, installing art in the most unexpected of ways challenges guests to think more deeply about their experience at a hotel.

Ultimately, the rise of artist hotels and boutique hotels are more fast-paced today than ever. Some hotels are letting the paintings on their walls speak for themselves and be their identifying difference among others.

Art and Healthcare

Numerous studies have found out that paintings and other works of art found in hospitals help patients and families in the healing process. Researchers have concluded that there are direct links between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, hospitals are considering and choosing artworks based on the evidence and giving it a higher priority than mere decoration for sterile rooms and corridors. With more and more studies showing a direct link between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, the majority of the hospitals in the United States are giving arts a higher priority than mere decoration for sterile rooms and corridors.

Since the millennium, medical facilities including hospitals, clinics, senior living residences, and dental and medical offices have started to recognize the importance of providing healing and aesthetically pleasing environments.

Hospitals all over the world are incorporating music and art into patient care. In the distinct environment and vibes od a hospital, Arts aid in making space contribute to a sense of place that fosters confidence, comfort, and healing. The goal of Healthcare Art is to inform a comprehensive design approach to create a healing environment.

Art and the workspace

The impact of art in the workplace is often underestimated. Many would think that it is all about just the aesthetics of the office, but, what they fail to see is the impacts of art more than what it meets the eye.

Splashes of colors and interesting curves can alter the mood of a meeting room or spark a new idea for a campaign like a light bulb on top of your head. Aside from making a bland and boring office, can artwork have a direct impact on employee productivity, better company image and spatial benefits? It seems the answer is yes.

The corporate would boom better if incorporated into  art. Today, business owners are beginning to understand that displaying artwork in the workplace does more than making the office more aesthetically pleasing or impress visitors and potential clients. In fact, it can do more benefit for the company than imagined. Being surrounded by artworks and creative vibes increase an employee’s efficiency, productivity, and creativity.

According to research, art has the power to boost creativity and reduce stress among office workers who are trapped inside the office for 8-9 hours per day. The relaxing, contemplative aspects of art can help lower the stress levels of what we all recognize can be a high-stress setting, which in return, can boost their drive to work faster and better.

One team of researchers from the Exeter University’s School of Psychology found that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are not only happier and healthier they are also up to 32% more productive.

When it comes to art as a tool for stress relief, 47% of men and 80% of the women noted that art at the office could reduce their stress-levels and 92% of the women believe that workplace art affects their general working health and wellbeing, while 71% of the men think so. The brain is programmed to feel inspired whenever they see impressive pictures or paintings. This is why motivational quotes often come with pictures of magnificent sunsets, towering trees, and mountains, or feats of athleticism.

The inspiration that one feels upon looking at art unlocks creative potential, helping to produce and generate innovative ideas. Innovative ideas, in turn, lead to new business practices and promotional campaigns, which ultimately create economic growth.

At the same time, art helps connect with clients. Since art is considered a universal language which connects people with feelings and different interpretations, it can be a common ground for you and your clients.

Art encompasses life in all its aspects. Not only in aesthetics but in a way, the quality of life and the kind of world we live in is affected, influenced by arts. Arts serves the purpose of beauty, as well as complexity in its entirety. We see how art gives room for science and technology to improve. How travelers travel the world in search of arts, how art helps hospital patients to recover and how workers improve their quality of work when surrounded by art.

It is crucial to recognize the important role that arts play in the positive and healthy tourism development of any society. Private institutions, as well as the government, should prioritize and develop strategies for partnership between arts, tourism and economic development because it is key to foster a strong tourism destination.

Art as A Marketing Strategy for Hotels – Infographic

People always talk. Despite this day’s advancement in technology, one of the best and effective marketing strategies is the word of mouth. Hence, hotels with interesting art displays, thought-provoking pieces, and controversial works will always be talked about. Intrigue and curiosity is one method of driving people to your property’s doorstep. At the same time, magnificent, jaw-dropping collections are also the talk of the town.

Today, hotels are more than just buildings with rooms and beds, it slowly evolves into space for arts to be filled with paintings, sculptures and other artworks as décor. Hoteliers are thinking even farther outside the frame, installing art in the most unexpected of ways and challenging guests to think more deeply about their experience. Art has become a fundamental, rather than ornamental, element of hotel design.

Knowing Which Artwork to Display Is Important For Your Hotel Business

The days when artworks are hung on hotel walls and rooms for the sake of filler or decoration is long over. Gone are the days when hotels were just a place in a foreign land offering a place for you to lodge, filled with nondescript prints as wallpapers along halls and mass-produced paintings. Today, hotels turn their lobbies, hallways, and suites into gallery-like spaces, displaying famous artwork as part of their décor—hotels are not just hotels, they are transforming into art galleries, where you can spend a night or two.

Hoteliers are thinking even farther outside the frame, installing art in the most unexpected of ways and challenging guests to think more deeply about their experience. Art has become a fundamental, rather than ornamental, element of hotel design. More and more members of the hospitality sector have been actively investing in art to make over their hotel and add to its value, story, identity, and edge compared to the other competitors.

However, owners of hotels could have a hard time choosing and buying artworks for their businesses. Thanks to art consultants, telling their brand’s story through art is easier, as well as choosing the pieces that are relatable to their guests and complementing to their interior in general.

Here are some points to consider that could help you decide better and know more when it comes to buying artworks for your hotel:

Art as your hotel’s identity and brand voice

What story do you want to tell your guests? What kind of hotel are you? More importantly, what kind of people run this place? Your art could be one way of making one-way conversations with the people who will choose to stay in your property. Your goal should not only be one of the hotels with the biggest art collections but be a hotel that tells their story, their brand and their identity through the artworks seen inside it.

A successful hotel doesn’t always have to have the most expensive, most popular and biggest art pieces in the world. Most of the time, it’s about the connection that is felt by the guests through art and how did it make them feel during their stay.

Know what guests like

According to art consultants, pieces that depict nature—be it random illustrations of landscapes or local views are a hit when it comes to hospitality art. This is because art that shows a vast space can magically make a room bigger, and for hotels, it’s everything.

Tricking the guests’ mind that the room is a lot bigger by displaying artworks with nature theme can be very beneficial for hoteliers. At the same time, it can also do wonders for rooms without windows or without views. Nature-themed artworks are also more colorful, making the room more vibrant and alive. At the same time, there are guests who like paintings that depict true-to-life scenarios, events or people. This is one way to create a brand for the industry, especially if the artworks were commissioned by local artists.

Through these artworks, the hotel can transform itself into a gallery or museum where guests can learn a lot about the place. These artworks narrate the identity of the area or hotel itself through the works that depict its traditions and culture.

Hotel owners and art consultants know that abstract art can be beneficial for both the hotel and its guests. According to studies, looking at abstract artworks has positive effects on the brain and body.

When exposed to art, the brain relaxes and releases hormones that calm the body and nerves, making the viewer more comfortable and stress-free. Abstract art is also one of the most popular art themes because it’s generally safe, open for interpretation and can serve as a conversation starter for guests and staff.

There should be a connection

Hotel owners, guests, and other parties should have a connection with the art too. The guests should not be the only one who needs to feel the connection and relate to the artwork, but you as the owner as well. Why did you choose that specific work? Did it make you feel something? Art is not only for the eyes to enjoy but also for your soul to reckon with.

Set your budget and projections

Of course, selecting the artworks is not only the main concern in sourcing art for your hotels. There are other deciding factors such as the budget, space and time frame among others. You will be needing to set your parameters early on so that the options that will be suggested to you by your art consultant is within your range and conditions.

Being an hotelier, you should know your business—how it works and how our investments returned. Just like any property, art is a business of investment. It is important to really think about your decision; whether you are sure of shelling out capital in acquiring art. Of course, investing in art doesn’t mean you have to spend millions to acquire that Michelangelo masterpiece, but then again, your returns are based on your investment at the end of the day

To narrow down your options, consider your budget. While many luxury hotels have been allocating a huge chunk of their budget for acquiring art, some small time or boutique hotels may have lesser options dictated by their budget. It is important to remember that the price of these artworks is not definitive of the impact it will give your brand and your business as well.

Can Art Attract More Guests To Your Hotel?

Today, hotels are more than just buildings with rooms and beds, it slowly evolves into a space for arts to be filled with paintings, sculptures and other artworks as décor. Hoteliers are thinking even farther outside the frame, installing art in the most unexpected of ways and challenging guests to think more deeply about their experience. Art has become a fundamental, rather than ornamental, element of hotel design.

Art is considered one of the biggest trend in hospitality and tourism today. It is used as a tool in inviting, intriguing, and convincing all kinds of people from all over the globe to travel, explore, and get to know one’s history, culture, and identity through art displayed in hotels. As a matter of fact, this trend is being observed not only in hotels and inns but even in restaurants, airports and public transportation stations as well.

Truly, it is one way of introducing a story to guests without words or without a need of a tour guide, without traveling to many places, without the need to cramp up time. Today, hotels are not merely a place to spend the night in, it has been like a gallery, a venue for learning, connection, interaction, and interpretation through art.

Hotels: More Than Just a Place to Stay

Hotels are more than just buildings with rooms and beds, it slowly evolves into space for arts to be filled with paintings, sculptures and other artworks as décor. For some, they may be merely places they stop and go, empty spaces that they spend time for rest. But, some hotels are making newer definitions for hotels. More and more are aiming to offer historical and cultural experiences through the art they house.

Hotels with interesting art displays, thought-provoking pieces, and controversial works will always be talked about. Intrigue and curiosity is one method of driving people to your property’s doorstep. At the same time, magnificent, jaw-dropping collections are also the talk of the town.

The hotel industry has discovered that incorporating distinctive pieces into a property’s design can enhance the décor, feel and ambiance of a hotel – regardless of its classification: luxury or budget.

Art becomes part of the package and experience hotel offers, and to be fair, it does makes sense. Since staying in a hotel may start to feel like spending the night in an art museum, travelers with a tight schedule who can’t squeeze in a day to visit local art galleries can witness the art local to that specific hotel. This way, local artists can also showcase their works in a way that their masterpieces ‘visit’ the tourists.

Indeed, art is one of the hotel industry’s newest marketing strategies. Hotels with interesting art displays, thought-provoking pieces, and controversial works will always be talked about. Intrigue and curiosity is one method of driving people to your property’s doorstep. At the same time, magnificent, jaw-dropping collections are also the talk of the town.

But, does it really make a difference to guests? Would they want to stay at a hotel more because of this amenity?

Art and Hotels: A Perfect Match

People always talk. Despite this day’s advancement in technology, one of the best and effective marketing strategies is the word of mouth. Art decor is not just being displayed in your hotel room for ornamental purposes, but rather as a hoteliers’ marketing strategy. According to The New York Times, installing art in the most unexpected of ways challenges guests to think more deeply about their experience at a hotel.

Art incorporated with tourism gives a cultural lift on every travel or trip. Ideally, hotels feature the artworks of their local artists, as a way of giving them exposure, and at the same time sharing the culture of their place to their visitors.

One way to see it, customers feel and think that the attraction is getting a cultural lift on a business trip which may not allow time for a gallery or museum outing. It is very similar to getting a trip to the gallery or museum which enables them to get to know the place and the people, as well as their way of life represented by art.

Hospitality Art became a giant trend when people travel for business more often than for leisure. Most of them spend their days and nights in a new city just to attend endless meetings and conference, boxed in their hotel and their rooms for their whole stay. The trip was not maximized, and then they realized that if people can’t afford the time to go to museums, why not bring the artwork to the busy people?

Pairing Frames and Hotel Artworks

An artwork and the right framework needs to be a perfect match. A frame can accentuate and enhance the beauty of an artwork, a photograph, or anything that you put on display. The perfect frame will make your painting, photograph, or piece of artwork stand out on your wall.

This trick is especially helpful for hotels which use the power of art in attracting and building rapport with their guests and potential clients. Today, Hospitality Art is one of the dominating trends in the industry as a marketing strategy and communicating tool to connect with their clients and other people as well. However, many hotel owners still find it hard to choose the right artwork for their hotels, let alone paring the best frame that should go with it.

Professional framing is invaluable, however, learning information from them will let you reap the benefits of having a well-displayed art, towards your advantage. Even when using professional framers, it’s important to have a good idea of what you want – of what type of frame will work best for your piece of art.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “The best frames are an extension of the art they surround, not its antithesis.” True enough, hoteliers should find the perfect frames to place an artwork for it to enhance its beauty and effect on its viewers.

When choosing a frame, the two big things to consider are what you’re framing and where you’re putting it. Frame options range from traditional to modern and simple to ornate. There are no hard and fast rules, of course, but keeping these options, and your parameters, in mind, finding the right frame for your artwork is a cinch.

Before you select frames for the artworks in your hotel lobby, rooms, and foyer, check the infographic below to know more.

Pairing Frames and Hotel Artworks

The importance of art in every space: hotels, hospitals, and offices

Did you know that art has a lot more scientifically-proven benefits on your health? In fact, there is a deeper reason why artworks are displayed and hanged in almost every place integral to your life—your homes, your workplace, vacant spaces, and hospitals.

More than making you feel happy, relaxed, thinking, or calm, differently themed artworks can do wonders for your mental health and overall disposition and well-being. If you think art is used in spaces as just fillers and decorations, you might be surprised that it’s a lot more than that. In fact, many studies have proven the correlation of the impacts of artworks and their effects on productivity, relaxation, de-stressing, and even healing from health issues.

Art in Hotels

Today, hotels are more than just buildings with rooms and beds, it slowly evolves into space for arts to be filled with paintings, sculptures and other artworks as décor. Hoteliers are thinking even farther outside the frame, installing art in the most unexpected of ways and challenging guests to think more deeply about their experience. Art has become a fundamental, rather than ornamental, element of hotel design.

Art becomes part of the package and experience hotel offers, and to be fair, it does makes sense. Since staying in a hotel may start to feel like spending the night in an art museum, travelers with a tight schedule who can’t squeeze in a day to visit local art galleries can witness the art local to that specific hotel. This way, local artists can also showcase their works in a way that their masterpieces ‘visit’ the tourists.

At the same time, guests love it when hotel art makes them think and ponder. In some reports, many guests have admitted that they enjoy art displayed on their hotel when it seems to talk to them and tell them a story. In fact, numerous studies have proven the positive effects of art—looking at it and even making it, to our brain and overall mental health. Did you know that our brains are originally hardwired to process art? Some parts of the brain that are associated with contemplation are automatically sparked when viewing art, even if they aren’t thinking about it critically.

Art in Hospitals

Numerous studies have found out that paintings and other works of art found in hospitals help patients and families in the healing process. Researchers have concluded that there are direct links between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, hospitals are considering and choosing artworks based on the evidence and giving it a higher priority than mere decoration for sterile rooms and corridors.

Research suggests patients are positively affected by nature themes and figurative art with unambiguous, positive faces that convey a sense of security and safety.

Some patients in its survey reported they were motivated to get out of bed to view the artwork. Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder reported the most significant positive improvement in mood.

With more and more studies showing a direct link between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, the majority of the hospitals in the United States are giving arts a higher priority than mere decoration for sterile rooms and corridors.

Since the millennium, medical facilities including hospitals, clinics, senior living residences, and dental and medical offices have started to recognize the importance of providing healing and aesthetically pleasing environments.

In 2006 a Department of Health Working Group on Arts and Health reported that the arts have ‘a clear contribution to make and offer major opportunities in the delivery of better health, wellbeing and improved experience for patients, service users and staff alike’.

Art in Workspaces

The corporate world will boom better if incorporated with art. Today, business owners are beginning to understand that displaying artwork in the workplace does more than making the office more aesthetically pleasing or impress visitors and potential clients. In fact, it can do more benefit for the company than imagined. Being surrounded by artworks and creative vibes actually increase an employee’s efficiency, productivity, and creativity.

Art inspires and unlocks creative potential.

The brain is programmed to feel inspired whenever they see impressive pictures or paintings. This is why motivational quotes often come with pictures of magnificent sunsets, towering trees, and mountains, or feats of athleticism.

The inspiration that one feels upon looking at art unlocks creative potential, helping to produce and generate innovative ideas. Innovative ideas, in turn, lead to new business practices and promotional campaigns, which ultimately create economic growth.

At the same time, art helps connect with clients. Since art is considered a universal language which connects people through feelings and different interpretations, it can be a common ground for you and your clients.

Art encompasses life in all its aspects. Not only in aesthetics but in a way, the quality of life and the kind of world we live in is affected, influenced by arts. Arts serves the purpose of beauty, as well as complexity in its entirety. We see how art gives room for science and technology to improve. How travelers travel the world in search for arts, how art helps hospital patients to recover and how workers improve their quality of work when surrounded by art.

 

Why you should surround yourself with art

Contrary to the common conception that the arts are just for plain aesthetics, it does more than serving the visual. In fact, numerous studies have proven the positive effects of art—looking at it and even making it, to our brain and overall mental health. Did you know that our brains are originally hardwired to process art? Some parts of the brain that are associated with contemplation are automatically sparked when viewing art, even if they aren’t thinking about it critically. So, whether you like it or not, your brain is activated whenever you see one!

Did you know that our brains see art as a reward?

You may be surprised to know that our brains are programmed to consider looking at art a reward. This is according to the findings of one study that explored the movements and state of the brain whilst exposed to art. Viewing the works of famous painters like Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, and other artists more strongly activate the brain’s “reward system” compared to the brain activity that happens when looking at photographs of similar subjects, according to the researchers at Emory University School of Medicine.

Four male volunteers and four females were asked to view paintings made by famous and unknown artists and photographs with the same subject as of the paintings. Imaging technology revealed that when an individual viewed a painting, the ventral striatum (part of the reward system) was more strongly activated, compared to just looking at the photograph version.

The results reveal that not only did art viewing stimulate the ventral striatum, but it also activated the hypothalamus which is the part of the brain that is associated with appetite regulation and the orbitofrontal cortex, which is responsible for calculating risk, impulse control and detection of social rules.

Did you know that art encourages creative thinking?

Contrary to popular belief, creative thinking does not mean using the right side of your brain.It involves getting both hemispheres of your brain communicate with each other. This is according to Dr. Lawrence Katz, an internationally recognized pioneer in neuron regeneration research. Art enhances problem-solving skills.

A study proved that improve the critical thinking skills of students and children. This means that the greater exposure they have to works of art, the higher the rates of brain development is possible.  Art also improves the attention to details ability of the brain.

Did you know that art can give as much joy as being in love?

Scientifically speaking, being in love is characterized by increased blood flow and a faster heartbeat. The brain releases hormones that make you feel happy. Well, art can give that similar effects on you.

Some artworks, as perceived most beautiful by participants, increased blood flow in a certain part of the brain by as much as 10 percent – the equivalent to gazing at a loved one. These are paintings by John Constable, Ingres, the French neoclassical painter, and Guido Reni, the 17th-century Italian artist, produced the most powerful ‘pleasure’ response in those taking part in the experiment.

“The reaction was immediate. What we found was the increase in blood flow was in proportion to how much the painting was liked. The blood flow increased for a beautiful painting just as it increases when you look at somebody you love. It tells us art induces a feel-good sensation direct to the brain,” says Professor Semir Zeki, chair of neuroaesthetics at University College London and the one who conducted the experiment.

Did you know that art can relieve stress?

Art can decrease stress levels. This is proven by a study conducted by researchers from the University of Westminster. After a lunchtime visit to an art gallery, participants self-reported their stress levels before entering the gallery and then spent 35 minutes exploring the space in any way they wanted. Upon exiting, they expressed being less stressed. Furthermore, they also had lower concentrations of cortisol, commonly known as the stress hormone.

Our brain gets excited whenever it is exposed to art. In fact, art therapy is considered one of the possible ways of helping patients with mental illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, since drug treatment for dementia symptoms is generally not very successful.