Yesterday, after 3 months of trying to set up an appointment, I had a studio/home visit from the Executive Director of a local non-profit and her housing director. I have known her a long time & she did not let on what it was about. She walked in and said “I want this…and that & that & that!
They picked efficiently, gone in less than an hour, having selected 11 littlies & 21 other paintings, in other words, THEY BOUGHT 32 WORKS OF ART!!! The work will go in a new building of Kings County Hospital WAHOOO! I am very excited!
I was so delighted, I shared this good news on Facebook. Brenda Becker of Brooklyn wrote this comment “Great news for you, but also great (and rare) good news for patients–that they will be seeking care in an environment enlivened by the healing power of beauty and color instead of the generic awfulness that characterizes so many clinical spaces!!”
Thanx Brenda, for that nice comment. It got me thinking about the effect art has on the space it populates and the affect it has on the people who see it. We know that pictures of a particular theme will have an effect on the room.
When you, your family or guests come into a room, the art will have an affect on them and the way they feel when they are in the space. We know that the predominant color in a space has strong impact on one’s mood; how people process colors is intricately connected to emotions. While we may not all respond exactly the same way, research has found certain reactions to colors. Red will warm the atmosphere and it can bring energy, as it has been shown to raise respiration and blood pressure. Yellow’s sunshiny effect can be happy in small doses but have the opposite effect when it overwhelms you. The calm, serenity of the ocean and sky are conveyed by blue but too much or too dark can result in a chilly feel. The upshot of green can be sunny relaxation.
If you have pictures depicting pastoral landscapes in a room, your room will have a calm, natural feel to it. Paintings that have a lot of movement and action in them, give your room will have an energized feel. Bright colors and pattern will wake you up and make you feel good. Beach and ocean scenes can transport you to a mental vacation. Line and form can emote sensation, leaving us feeling calm, happy, chaotic or stimulated.
So the next time you bring art into your home, think about the mood you want and the ambiance you will set in that specific space. Not every work of art works in every room; let it speak to you about where it should be. Then think about how it will make you and the rest of your people feel when they see it. You can set the tone.