I often wonder whether it is the image or the colours of the artwork that create a certain atmosphere in a home. It is commonly known that colours influence the energy in a space. It’s difficult to imagine life without colours. They influence our mood and can bring us joy and happiness.
This morning I was walking my dog along the seafront of the fisherman’s village in southern Spain where I live. It is winter and I enjoyed the feeling of fresh air on my face. The colours of the sea were amazing, turquoise close to the shore and dark indigo near the horizon. White snow clouds (according to my Spanish husband) drifted above the sea on the horizon in an otherwise clear bright blue sky.The scene would make a perfect landscape picture, but I don’t paint landscapes. However, it had a strong effect on my mood. I felt calm, relaxed, grateful and happy.The worries that had filled my head when I got up that morning had left my brain. I felt inspired to write a blog about art, about colours and about why art is important in a home.
Its’s nothing new that colours can affect our state of mind and that a turquoise blue sea can have a calming effect. You can use colours to create an inspiring or a calm environment. Every colour creates a specific energy and has a unique psychological impact, which we are often not aware of. Colours are even used for healing. There is evidence that colour therapy dates back thousands of years as a complementary therapy in medicine in the ancient cultures of Egypt, China and India.
We all use colours in our homes. It doesn’t matter whether we are influenced by the latest fashion or follow our own taste. We feel attracted to the colour of a new sofa and we add curtains and pillows that we feel compliment the sofa. We choose the colours for the paint on the walls, for our floors, carpets, tables and chairs.
How important is Art in our home
However, it saddens me that interior designers often focus most of their energy on the design of the sofa, the cupboards, the general layout, accessories, etc., but when it comes down to the walls many of them seem to suggest a ‘safe’ print – with no particular meaning, often just a combination of colours or lines’ or even a piece of framed wall paper, which usually combines well with the overall colours of the interior design. In my opinion interior designers who work this way truly miss out on
an important detail and that is that an artwork that speaks to the individual client is what adds to, influences and sometimes even creates the ambience. This applies to both colourful paintings and, for example, black and white artistic photos.
I live in an old house in the middle of the village that we had to renovate before we moved in, some three and a half years ago. The walls are white, the house has an interesting layout and due to lack of money I painted old furniture with turquoise paint and some of them with a vague image of an elephant, lotus flower or yin & yang symbol. Both my husband and I like the
colour red so we bought a sofa and arm chair in that colour and added curtains that have red in them as well. And what do you do when you are an artist? Well apart from having quite a few paintings piled against the wall in one of the rooms, we filled the walls with my art work, which my husband – luckily- loves. So far so good.
But what I feel is important to share with you is that all the visitors who have come to our house, regardless of their taste, age, style or nationality, tell us that there is such a nice energy in the house. That they love the atmosphere. And I know for a fact that this is because of my paintings. It has nothing to do with whether someone likes my art or not, as tastes differ and that is a good thing. I’m totally convinced that art emanates a unique and special energy. That’s why art in a house – or even in the work space – is so important. And, I feel that it’s indispensable that you don’t let your interior designer dictate your taste as far as art is concerned. You have to go with your gut feeling, that little voice in your head, or even better, that speaks from your heart, that feels attracted to a certain painting.
Art comes in many shapes and forms, but when an original painting or a quality print of an artwork intrigues, or speaks to the heart of the client this will totally change the atmosphere in a space in a positive way. An original painting or statue completes an interior design. Working
with a good interior designer is great and can help you create a beautiful house, however, let’s not forget that interior design, when you think about it, is a fashionable arrangement of stylish and/or trendy (usually) mass produced objects. High end, expensive furniture might be beautiful, but most of the time it’s not a unique piece. I believe Art – and this can also be a bespoke piece of furniture, should have a far bigger role than it often has in interior design.
The energy of art
Art (and for the sake of this blog I’m referring to paintings) isn’t just a combination of colours and/or images on a canvas . Professional artists spent many years studying and practising to get to a stage where they create their latest piece of art. It’s more than inspiration and use of material. It’s unique; it holds the energy of the past and present of the artist. I believe an original artwork adds to the welcoming atmosphere of a home. I’ll stick my neck out and go as far as to say that a house without art on the walls doesn’t feel like a home.
It baffles me that there are people who buy and/or renovate a property, spend lots of money, hire a fancy interior designer, buy expensive furniture, expensive curtains and other homey accessories and then, as a final touch, put a meaningless factory print on the wall that goes well with the curtains. I don’t really understand that and would love people to become more aware of the added value of an original piece of art. It’s unique, it’s only yours and it carries a piece of the soul of the artist. Moreover, the story that the artwork you purchase depicts becomes part of your story, giving it colour and personality. And an added bonus … unlike a sofa or a cupboard (not talking about antiques here), an artwork can be a great investment.
So to answer the question whether it is the image or the colours of the artwork … it is both, the image and the colours of an artwork emanate that very special energy that will turn your house into your home.
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