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Brain scans have revealed that looking at works of art trigger a surge of dopamine into the same area of the brain that registers desire, pleasure, and romantic love.

This is according to an article by Kaya Miller for Studio Sixty Six, an Ottawa art gallery & cultural events space.

The article explains that having original art in the home is vital to your well being. “Art is a key piece of furniture for many reasons and yet it is sometimes put on the back burner in comparison to other home objects.”

Miller then gives the following 13 reasons why having original art in the home is as important as having a bed:

1. Creates Mood: Romantic, sublime landscapes provoke contemplation of nature and purity. Such works then create a mood of peace and are good for relaxation rooms such as the bedroom.

2. Adds Personal Character to the Home

3. Makes Memories: Whatever happened leading up to/during/after the purchase of a meaningful original work will be remembered every time you see it. This will not happen with a poster from Ikea.

4. Provides a Colour Palette

5. Makes a Room Feel Finished

6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity: This is particularly important in homes with children as being surrounded by artwork will allow creative thinking.

7. Conversation Starter

8. Supports Artists: Each time you have a look at a work in your home, it provides a feel-good emotion that you are assisting an artist in achieving the success and recognition they deserve.

9. It is an Investment: Artworks can be passed down through family and friends, be shared with loved ones for many years all while increasing in worth.

10. Creates a Livable Environment

11. Keeps the Brain Active: Art is very conceptual, artists use it as a medium to express personal thought, political or social issues, and to make us as viewers think.

12. Relaxation: Staring at a blank wall is not as recharging or relaxing as enjoying an artwork purchased with the means to create a positive mood.

13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun! Attending show openings, going to galleries, chatting with artists even, is a fun experience.

Read the full article here.