Art for Health & Wellness

Art has the power to heal. It can provide solace, inspiration, and a human connection for patients and visitors in clinical environments. Kim Knoll’s calming and uplifting artworks can elevate the healthcare experience by promoting a feeling of comfort, relaxation, familiarity, inclusion and peace, helping put patients at ease.

Kim has worked with healthcare facilities all over the country to provide artwork that supports a healing environment for medical and dental offices, waiting rooms, hospital rooms, lobbies, recovery centers, and assisted living centers.

Above: "Hazy Day" framed print for a therapist's waiting room

Therapeutic Benefits of Abstract Art

Reduces Stress + Anxiety

Abstract art can help patients shift their focus away from worries and stressors, and enter a meditative state by engaging with the non-representational shapes, colors, and compositions. This can invoke a sense of calm and relaxation, reducing anxiety and tension.

Provides Positive Distraction

The visually captivating and thought-provoking qualities of abstract art can serve as a positive distraction from negative thoughts, pain, or difficult circumstances faced by patients. This mental shift can improve mood and promote a sense of well-being.

Enhances Pain Management

Art can ease pain perception and improve patients' sense of control over their condition. A randomized controlled trial found that patients who could choose artwork for their hospital room experienced reduced anxiety, depression, and pain compared to those without art.

Improves Patient Satisfaction

Integrating artwork into healthcare facilities has been linked to increased patient satisfaction with the medical environment. Patients describe art as "inspiring," "calming," and "welcoming," contributing to a more positive experience. 

Promotes a Healing Environment

Artwork can help humanize clinical spaces, providing a connection to life outside the hospital and fostering a sense of comfort and familiarity. This creates a more welcoming and comforting atmosphere that supports healing and recovery.

Stimulates Imagination + Creativity

Abstract art encourages viewers to find personal meaning in the artwork, stimulating creative thinking and problem-solving skills. This engagement can be therapeutic, especially for patients with cognitive or emotional challenges.

Above: "Daybreak" and "Make A Wish" for the Main Patient Tower at Baptist Hospital of Miami

Above: "Lakes on Lakes" for the Main Patient Tower at Baptist Hospital of Miami

According to color theory, the colors considered the most calming in abstract art are:

Shades of Blue

Blues, especially softer shades, are widely regarded as calming and serene colors. They can evoke feelings of tranquility and peace, making them ideal for creating a relaxing atmosphere.

Neutral Colors

Neutral colors like beiges, grays, and tans are inherently calming due to their lack of vibrancy and intensity. They provide a sense of balance and harmony without overwhelming the viewer.

Earthy Greens

Shades of green, reminiscent of nature, can have a soothing effect. They are associated with growth, renewal, and balance, making them a great choice for healthcare environments.

Curated Art Collections for Health & Wellness

Soothing Blues

These soothing blues can lessen stress and anxiety, giving your patients a more peaceful, comfortable experience.

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Neutral Colors

Artwork with neutral colors is timeless and sophisticated, elevating your space while creating a calming environment.

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Refreshing Greens

Reminiscent of nature (and inspired by it too), this unique collection of abstract art can have an uplifting effect.

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How To Order

You can browse the curated art collections for health and wellness above and make a purchase online. Kim's framed prints arrive ready to hang, with a picture hook included. If a size you need isn't listed, no worries, Kim can make a framed print in any size up to 62" x 40" as a custom order. With custom orders, you can choose a different frame style and color, change the matting size, or upgrade to UV glass. If you'd like help or wish to place a custom order, please inquire with what you're looking for.