Making Your Space

Decorate with Art to Be a Better You in 2019

Art can make you a better you. Don’t believe us? There’s plenty of research available on how art and color impact our brains: art can make you feel like you’re in love; admiring works of art makes us healthier and live longer; viewing awe-inspiring art can spark feelings of fulfillment.

Decorating with art can make your spaces look nicer, but we can also deliberately select works of art to motivate and inspire ourselves to achieve personal goals. That’s why we’ve selected colors and works of art designed to make you feel happier, more confident, imaginative, clear-headed, and productive. You don’t need to buy new furniture or repaint your rooms, either: refresh your space with art for a better you in 2019–without spending a ton of money and time on it.

Confidence Boosting Art

Desk in a home office, with a canvas art print by Emanuela Carratoni, "Do Epic Shit"
Do Epic Shit
Emanuela Carratoni

Colors that boost confidence: violet is said to make us feel bolder and smarter, while black is known for its sophistication and intensity.

Styles that boost confidence: bold, typographic prints, and vivid graphics of nature or cosmos.

Prints to Fuel Creativity & Imagination

A beige and blue living area with "To The Moon and Back" canvas art print by Catrin Welz-Stein
To the Moon and Back
Catrin Welz-Stein

Colors that feed creativity: blue-greens encourage creativity, intuition and fantasy. Pale yellow is also known for sparking creativity while tugging at our emotions.

Styles to spur imagination: depictions of whimsical, surreal, or dreamlike scenes all inspire imaginative thinking.

Clear Your Mind with Visuals

A greige living room with two minimalist, neutral canvas art prints above the sofa: "Freaq Sista" by Nettsch and "Graphic CXXIV" by Marieke Böhmer
Freaq Sista & Graphic CXXIV
Nettsch & Mareike Böhmer

Colors for a clear head: shades of white compel us to think of cleanliness and openness while neutrals soothe and subdue observers.

Styles for clarity: minimalist art, stripped-down shapes, and simple, figurative lines are all art styles that aren’t distracting to help keep your head clear.

Art Prints for Productivity

A white, open office with canvas art print "Surge" by Michelle Oppenheimer above desks
Michelle Oppenheimer

Colors to keep you hard at work: deep orange stimulates and energizes our minds, while indigo promotes focus and composure.

Styles to stay on task: abstract expressionism is ideal to stimulate brain activity, and has been associated with problem-solving, making it ideal for a shared office environment.

Spark Joy with Art

Colors that spark joy: Pantone selected Living Coral as its color of 2019 with good reason–coral (and fuchsia) is an energizing color that triggers feelings of optimism, passion and hope. Love this life-affirming hue? Watch artist and color expert Scott Naismith create it in his studio

Styles to make you smile: abstract landscapes that feature striking, warm colors are true crowd pleasers that will lift everyone’s spirits.

What are you doing to update your space for a better you in 2019? Let us know in the comments below, and take a look at all of our art by color for more inspiration.

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