"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless." Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Art is good for you. It can help reduce stress, it’s therapeutic, and is a source of constant inspiration. In fact, brain scans have revealed that looking at works of art triggers a surge of dopamine into the same area of the brain that registers romantic love.
If you’ve spent time designing an interior you love, then adding art to the walls will, not only give a room a focus, but can also help shape a thought-provoking and creative environment.
We look at how inspirational art can transform your home, how it boosts creativity and helps with relaxation.
What is inspirational art?
Quite simply, inspirational paintings are usually landscapes, seascapes or abstract paintings. When you look at them, it gets those creative juices flowing, and lets your imagination run wild.
The reason for this is because they’re not telling you how to think. They are scenes, shapes or brush strokes that are open to interpretation. As a result, they trigger thought and curiosity, and let the mind wander.
That’s not to say a figurative painting can’t be inspirational as they can also be thought-provoking. Images based around dance or movement are great examples of how you can let your imagination run free.
Inspirational art is about paintings that leave you with more questions than answers. Every time you look at the piece you come up with a new thought or idea around the image, which, in turn, proves to be a constant source of inspiration.
How to choose?
Like everything with art, your choice should be based on a painting you love. Remember the Dopamine surge?
However, it is important to remember that buying art is also a financial decision, so it’s worth considering a few other elements before you hit the checkout button.
The first thing is whether the painting matches your interior style and colour scheme. A painting can transform a room, but it can also clash and look uncomfortable if it doesn’t work with the look and feel of a room.
Secondly, think about how you want the painting to make you feel. You can be inspired in many different ways, whether it be creative or spiritual, so think about whether the image needs to ignite ideas or be a calming or mindful influence.
Best rooms to hang inspirational art
Essentially, you can hang inspirational art in any room, but again, think about its purpose. A piece that gets the brain thinking and buzzing is best for a home office or work space, and a relaxing piece is more suited to a lounge or living area.
Another great place for inspirational art is in the bathroom. We tend to get some of our best ideas in the bath or shower, so why not hang art that provokes thought in there. It can also help get you energised and inspired for the day ahead.
Ultimately, it’s best to hang inspirational art in a place where you will look at it and engage with the image, so think about places in your home where you have quieter moments and take time to reflect, or spaces that make you feel your most creative.
How to find inspirational artists
We mainly buy paintings that we love, but it’s also useful to find out more about the artist and how they work to get a deeper understanding of the image.
There are so many artists creating great art, but we’ve picked out a few to help get you started and give you inspiration as to the style of art you’re looking to buy.
Gillian Luff is a bestselling artist and her work stands out in any interior. Her range of colours and her ability capture mood, means that they can work in any room, from a clean, minimal interior, right through to a darker, more gothic space.
Other popular artists include Peter Nottrott, who’s abstract paintings capture movement and are ideal for more modern interiors, and there’s also Paul Acraman, an artist who specialises in seacapes. His images are great for traditional, vintage and antique interiors, or more eclectic rooms.
There are so many other artists to choose from, and these are just a select few. By going to our Bestselling or Featured artists pages, you can see a lot more, and if you’re a collector of up-and-coming talent, then why not visit our New Artists page.
Whatever your taste, art can transform a bare wall, so have fun selecting your dream piece and being constantly inspired!