Art for Healing? Why Healthcare Art is the Trend Right Now (Infographic)

Did you know that art has a lot more scientifically-proven benefits for 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, favorite vacation spots, 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 between 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.

The study 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 also 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.

Art for Healing Why Healthcare Art is the Trend Right Now

Since the new 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.

Best Kind of Art for your Mind

Natural landscapes

According to art consultants, pieces that depict nature—be it random illustrations of landscapes 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 bigger, and more spacious, which can help sick patients relax and feel not constrained. Nature-themed artworks are also more colorful, making the ambiance more vibrant and alive.

Bodies 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 images with green space received a positive response, as Ulrich has found. But images with both green and blue got the most favorable response of all. After all, blue and green are complementary colors.

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.


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 artworks are also one of the most popular art themes because it’s generally safe, open for interpretation and can serve as a conversation starter for everyone, lifting the often sad and depressing ambiance of hospitals.


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