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.