Your perfect space is key to your well-being.
Imagine a space that looks great, feels great, and supports you to be great.
You can have that when you align art, science, and energy in your design. It’s a lot easier than getting the stars to align!
The right work of art helps create that alignment by making the room beautiful, creating a focal point that brings you joy and sets the style, color palette, and energy for the room. Let the art be the heart of your home.
I know, energy is a nebulous term, but when you walk into a room, you know it when you feel it. Every object and the space within and surrounding your space is made from energy. We all want the rooms in our home to feel great.
The energy that art brings to your space comes primarily from three things.
- The designer of the room, whether it is an Interior Designer or you, creates energy in the space that provides context for the art.
- The artist infuses their creation with energy based on what it meant to them when they created it.
- You add your energy when you decide what the art means to you based on your life experience.
Your selection of art determines the energy you want to surround yourself with.
How do you want to feel?
How the Room Designer Affects the Energy of the Room
I created this Living Room Edesign to highlight how purple can be used in Global Style designs. It was part of a series of designs I created exploring how to get the look of different Global Styles using different colors. Global styles, such as Indian, Turkish, Mexican, Moroccan, Greek, and Bohemian are rich in color, eco-friendly, filled with handmade or interesting treasures from other cultures, are great for entertaining, and often connected to nature and bring the outdoors into the design. This design was a modern Global Style, which is a more sleek modern version of Bohemian style. Learn more about global styles using purple, blue, green, red, and black and white, in some of my other blog articles.
On the color wheel, purple is between red and blue and can take on aspects of its neighbors. Like blue, purple can feel calm and relaxing, and is the color of nature, as many wildflowers are purple. Like its neighbor red, it can feel stimulating, energetic, and passionate. Darker shades of purple are sometimes associated with wisdom.
Purple is a symbol of status, wealth, and royalty, and it has also been used in religion, linking it to spirituality and mysticism. Some believe it inspires creativity. Because it is versatile in its meaning, it connects with a wide range of people and is a complex color.
I think my design sets the stage for the art with a bold, yet relaxed, and adventurous energy as the backdrop.
Let’s see how the energy of the room changes with the different pieces as each artist adds their energy through their work.
How the Artist Affects the Energy of the Room
I selected art from two of my favorite artists, Brooke Harker and Joan Marie of Joan Marie Art, and picked a piece from their websites that I thought worked with the colors and scale of my design. I also designed some of my own fractal art to go in the room.
Let’s see how the art changes the feeling of the room for you, the viewer, and how it relates to the energy and meaning the artist was inspired by when they created it.
Feeling the energy of visual images is the
language of the subconscious mind.
Joan Marie- Joan Marie Art
"Buzz and Flow" by Brooke Harker
The painting “Buzz and Flow” by Brooke Harker, is a 66 x 45 ink, oil & acrylic on canvas. Brooke painted this image of Hong Kong.
” I am a historian of the ordinary.” Brooke Harker.
Brooke says, “This is one of my favorite paintings I ever created. I selected the magenta color as it reminded me of the energy of a friend who celebrated life vividly. I put elements in the piece that fascinated me such as a single woman walking in stride or a taxi”.
When I am creating the painting I am in them and they seem larger than life. They always feel so small comparatively when they are done and on a canvas.
I selected this piece for the room because of the high energy and the color, not knowing the meaning behind it from Brooke’s perspective,
As soon as I put it in this room, I felt it added a sense of vibrant, high energy that you might feel on the streets of a large bustling city where all the people brought the energy of their lives as they walked by.
Yet, the purple walls seemed to contain it with a sense of calmness. As if life can seem chaotic and wild all around us, but if we just step back, it is all small stuff in the big picture of things.
I asked Brooke how she felt about the energy of her painting in this room. She said it evoked a sense of curiosity.
How does it make you feel?
Brooke Harker is a contemporary artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her lively paintings of cities and coastal scenes are characterized by energetic brushstrokes in ink and thick oil paint applied with palette knives. These vibrant depictions of daily life capture a sense of motion and highlight moments of synchronicity. Brooke calls herself a ” historian of the ordinary.” Learn more about Brooke and see her work on her website.
"OoGenesis" by Joan Marie Art
I love the colors in this painting and selected it for the room because the colors worked with purple and it seemed so vibrant and joyful.
In my previous career, I was a wildlife biologist, and it reminded me of a super colorful version of a cell getting ready to divide and create new life. It felt like joyful colorful energy about to explode with possibilities. It just glows with joyous energy on the wall.
When I asked Joan about the story behind the painting, she said it is “the birth of a new world, the uniting of colors, all holding hands in unity.”
“Oogenesis”, was named by Joan Marie’s husband after she told him the meaning behind the painting.
I asked Joan how she felt about the energy of her painting in this room. She said ” it takes me to a peaceful mystical world of well-being and magical possibilities. Just beautiful!”
” It takes me to a peaceful mystical world of well-being and magical possibilities. Just beautiful!”. Joan Marie Art.
How about you, how do you feel when you see Joan Marie’s art in this room?
Joan’s art is filled with radiant colors and explosive energy in which she transforms energy in a magical mix of techniques. She embeds positive subliminal messages into the intricate details of her work. She believes we have the opportunity to choose what we create, whether choosing a piece of art or our lives. Learn more about Joan Marie and Joan Marie Art.
"A Passion for Purple" by Mary Ann Benoit
I create fractal art on my computer because I I love the spiral and curved shapes, fine textures, and vibrant colors I can make. Creating fractal art is like traveling through a kaleidoscope that has no beginning or end. When traveling, you find a place you want to stop and stay awhile. The art I create is that place.
I created a set of three pieces that go together specifically for this room, which I call “A Passion for Purple”.
I wanted my art to reflect the complexity of purple so that it was calm, yet vibrant, mysterious, spiritual, and elegant at the same time.
When I first put them in the room I loved the way the dark rich purple colors really grounded the room, yet the light purple glowed with serene energy. It feels very calming, yet vibrant and mysterious as well, as if it has the secret to some ancient wisdom.
“Creating fractal art is like traveling through a kaleidoscope that has no beginning or end. When traveling, you find a place you want to stop and stay awhile. The art I create is that place”. Mary Ann Benoit
How does this art make you feel?
Mary Ann Benoit is the owner of Northern Lights Home Staging and Design and is an Interior Designer, Color Strategist and fractal artist. Fractal art is a form of computer or digital art. “Creating fractal art is like traveling through a kaleidoscope that has no beginning or end. When traveling, you find a place you want to stop and stay awhile. The art I create is that place”.
What is Your Sense of This Room
Now you know the energy that was behind the room design, the color purple, the different art and even how some of us felt about the room with the different art pieces.
My guess is that you had your own unique ideas about the energy you experienced in the room because you brought your unique perspective.
That is the beauty of art and design. There are so many possibilities!
If you are working with a designer, be sure to collaborate closely when you select your art and consider the energy of the room.
Get the Look
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into what goes into creating your perfect space. If you like this design, here are some of the products I used. Some contain affiliate links, meaning I may make a small commission for sharing if you purchase something at no additional cost to you.
Are You Ready to Make Art the Heart of Your Home?
Are you ready to create your perfect space with and create amazing energy with your art? Let’s tell your unique story and find the alignment of art, science, and energy that makes you happy. Let me help you take that trip to your perfect space in a Ferrari instead of a stagecoach. Try my Aligned Design consultation and let’s get started.