There’s nothing wrong with a blank wall. Minimalism, after all, has its own kind of beauty. But while it should fit comfortably with the surrounding décor and, if possible, enhance it, art in the home, or in the workplace is about much more than a choice of interior design. It plays an important role in our emotional and physical wellbeing.
Artwork has a powerful effect on the human psyche. This was something our ancestors understood intuitively, investing enormous time and effort to create works of art that would last for centuries and that would continue to influence generations to come. That historic value and emphasis on art has become increasingly unfashionable, (in the West at least), ever since the industrial revolution. And, as a consequence, art has increasingly become devalued. As it turns out, however, our ancestors were right and those advocates of the purely practical, rational and useful were quite wrong. Ironically, we have the practical, rational and useful field of neurobiology, and one neurobiologist in particular, to thank for this discovery!