Your intuition may tell you that certain kinds of imagery will have soothing effects on the viewer. In fact, there is a great deal of research to back this up.
Research has shown that artwork fitting the guidelines listed here can positively impact:
The Bottom Line: Increased job satisfaction and attendance rates for employees; lower staff turn-over; improved focus and performance (due to stress reduction); reduced cost of care for medical patients; increased income from foundations, donors, and prospective clients whose perception of your facility or organization is elevated.
Stress: Plain and simple.
Subjective Experiences: Greater satisfaction with services received; shorter perceived wait-times; lower reported anxiety; greater employee satisfaction; improved pain management.
Clinical Indicators: Reduced heart rate & blood pressure; lower intake of pain medication; shorter hospital stays; better post-surgical outcomes.
Whether you are in charge of choosing art for a healing environment, seeking to increase the focus and satisfaction of your employees, or just want to decorate your home in a way that will put you at ease, the recommendations here will guide your way.