Interior Design: The Impact Of Fine Art Nature Photography In Your Home Or Office
Art Industry experts agree that two-dimensional wall art now, more than ever, holds a critical role in creating visually impactful interior design. An essential component of a modern home, the opportunity and importance of wall art is widely recognized by designers, interior decorators and influencers around the world. While most of us will never have the opportunity to own Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" sold for 460.3 million (adjusted for inflation) in 2017 or even Andreas Gursky's "Rhein II", Sold through Christie's New York in 2011 for just over 4.3 million, the opportunity to create visually stunning spaces with two-dimensional art IS available to us all.
As pointed out in a recent blog post on the Redfin blog, most home owners know little to nothing about art or interior design. All too often, wall art is only considered at the end of a room's design, after the furniture has been placed and walls given their decided appearance of colors. This is unfortunate, because when beautiful wall art is chosen thoughtfully as part of the design process, it can shape the feeling and dynamics of an entire space. While you may be unsure of where to begin or even why you should consider fine art nature photography as a focal point in your home or office, continue reading below for more information, inspiration and points to consider before you get started.
Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" (pictured above) and Andreas Gursky's "Rhein II" (pictured below).
Five Reasons Fine Art Nature Photography by Aaron Reed Can Help Define Your Interior Space
1. Color Palette And Dynamic Contrast
When deciding on a final color palette during the design process, it can be frustrating trying to tie in other elements that are equally personal and important to you. Choosing the right piece of fine art photography provides the opportunity of endless color combinations, from simple and subtle to dynamic, daring and bold. Gallery Quality Fine Art, finished with its smooth lines and polished appearance, can also provide a beautiful contrast to soft fabrics, furniture and other visual elements across a room.
One of the most important principles in interior design is the need for every space having a focal point, drawing the eye of those who enter. Easily identified spaces such as a wall above a fireplace or across the top of a large bed, provide an instant finished appearance when filled with quality wall art. Aside from the visual impact, no two-dimensional art will provide greater benefit for mind, body & spirit than incredible nature photography can offer. Our connection to the natural world around us is present in every decision we make and our deepest thoughts and feelings.
The most important consideration when choosing a piece of art as a focal point is the physical size of the artwork. Too small of a piece will look out of place and go against the very objective you are trying to reach. Too large of a piece will create tension, drawing attention for all the wrong reasons.
Nature Photography, when presented in an abstract form can create the appearance of movement or fluidity either alone, or in bringing multiple visual elements together. Often having a look similar to a painting or sculpture, abstract photography is almost like two mediums of art in one space. In smaller sizes, the impact is often reduced or sometimes even lost on the viewer but in larger pieces, abstract nature photography is one of the most thought provoking and visually stunning ways to show fine art in your home or office. This type of natural art affords each person who sees it the opportunity to interpret and ingest the work on a personal level, providing a new connection to each individual who enters. In the same way that color can provide contrast, the lines, shapes and fluidity of abstract art can provide contrast to the often hard edged elements of furniture and natural surfaces in your home.
4. The Art Of Conversation
When visitors enter your home for the first time, or perspective business partners or clients cross into your professional space, feelings of uneasiness or anxiety are sometimes a normal side effect of making new personal connections. As hosts, we want to welcome our guests and to create a space that feels warm and inviting. In an effort to break the ice, we use welcoming conversation to put people at ease. A well placed and visually striking piece of art provides guests with an instant topic of conversation, allowing them the opportunity to both connect with you as their host and to begin to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings. One of the pieces of feedback I hear from my customers most often is the continued opportunity for conversation my artwork provides them year after year.
5. The Healing Power of Art
People from all over the world enjoy and collect my work for their homes and businesses alike. Often I get to hear stories about the final placement of the pieces, how they are being shown or the original motivation or reasons behind the displays being built. Without a doubt, the stories I enjoy hearing most are of pieces being placed in a medical facility or hospital in an effort to beautify and create a therapeutic environment for the patients there. The journey to create these images is very therapeutic to me personally and to see this work come full circle, positively affecting the sick is a humbling and beautiful experience to be a part of.
Our innate preference for a soothing painting or sunny park over a dark alley has a scientific basis. A 2011 University of London study found that blood flow increased 10 percent to the "joy response" part of the brain when subjects saw a beautiful painting — just like when you look at a loved one. The findings give credence to what we've always suspected, Faerstein said: that visual art has a strong, positive physiological effect on the brain. While this type of benefit has been known and used to help heal the sick in medical facilities and hospitals, the rewards are equally beneficial to those who are healthy and in their own homes. Simply put, nature and art both feed our souls.
To take the first steps in finding your own soul feeding art for your home or office, I invite you to learn more about the gallery quality fine art that I offer and the design services I am happy to provide in helping you create amazing and engaging personal spaces.