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Galaxy Art: Creating Space with Design Psychology

Galaxy art blends well with modern interiors to create inspiring themes in homes, dorms, offices and educational environments. The psychological breadth of galaxy art is a major shift from the historical emphasis on easel painting and elaborate framing. The viewer can “walk into” unframed galaxy art whether large or small. There are no boundaries. There are no hard divisions. Set yourself free and create a beautiful space with galaxy art!

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This article includes the psychology and importance of decorating, how to create intentional space and transformation with galaxy art and a brief intro to architectural psychology. 

Decorating as a Fundamental Survival Skill

Year after year, in good times and in bad, we consistently spend billions of dollars on home and office decoration. In fact, home improvement and home renovation have become major players in the competitive world of reality entertainment. Practitioners of feng shui and color psychology, once pigeonholed with crystal ball gazers and tarot card readers, are now filling halls to capacity at high-ticket seminars for corporate designers and real estate investors.

Why in the world do we place such a high value on enhancing our environments? Isn’t decorating just a leisure activity for bored homeowners and apartment dwellers? Experts in the emerging fields of design psychology, environmental psychology, and human factors design would heartily disagree. Decorating, they maintain, is not a frivolous occupation, but a fundamental survival skill.

Galaxy Art in Cafe

Going Home, Stream of Light, Stratified Dimensions by Kathleen Karlsen
Art on Display in Cafe M, Belgrade, MT
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Creating Intentional Space with Galaxy Art

Continuing research indicates that the process of transforming our environment to better serve our needs is a creative act on par with choosing an occupation, finding a mate, and raising a family. Our homes and offices provide more than shelter and places for productivity. They are platforms for self-realization. Through choosing architectural styles, interior colors, furnishings and art, we are exerting power over our personal space, marking our territory, and defining our personalities.

The scale of galaxy art blends well with most modern decor. Even in smaller objects and displays, the connotation of endless space remains. Galaxy dramatically shifts naturalistic perspective into infinite possibilities. The spatial experience is completely altered and the canvas becomes a new kind of space spreading outward and inward at the same time.

Living Room Galaxy Art

Universal Fire and Universal Light by Kathleen Karlsen
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Creating Transformation with Galaxy Art

Many of us don’t have control over the actual buildings in which we live and work. We’re assigned an office. We rent or buy a home or apartment that was built to someone else’s specifications. We may be able to change particular aspects of the interior design, but in many situations even the choices of furniture, rugs and wall colors are predetermined.

In addition, our living or working quarters are increasingly viewed as temporary. We may not want to invest in major renovations even in spaces that we own or have chosen ourselves. However, in almost every situation we have the freedom to choose the artwork and images that we place on our desks, tables, bookshelves and walls.

Most of us choose these images almost unconsciously with the ubiquitous rationalization that such decisions are simply a matter of personal preference. There is another option. Art can be chosen with the intention to invoke particular feelings or emotional states or even to remind the viewer of resolutions or goals.

Art can be chosen to produce positive changes on emotional, psychological and physiological levels. Every possible image has potential symbolic meaning. Galaxy art symbolizes freedom, expansiveness and endless vistas. These are positive values that can be a daily source of inspiration. In addition, the sun is representative of illumination and wholeness. The moon is symbolic of hidden aspects of life. Learn more at Sun & Moon Art.

Jupiter’s Bands by Kathleen Karlsen 
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Galaxy Art and Architectural Psychology

Once we have finished our work—installed the last lamp and hung the last piece of art—our environments begin to work on us. A growing body of evidence indicates that our visual environments are a determining factor in virtually every area of our lives.

Color schemes and decorative motives can alternatively increase our energy levels or drain our reserves. Patterns in our wallpaper, rugs and upholstery can be invigorating or relaxing. The images in our art can be uplifting or depressing, romantic or confrontational, inspiring or discouraging.

Architectural structures themselves can also affect our behavior and outlook. The length of hallways, size of meeting rooms and location of offices can either facilitate communication among building occupants or increase isolation. The geographical orientation of our homes can create warm, inviting spaces or dark, cave-like dwellings.

Architectural psychology is an entire science in its own right and one that we would do well to understand. Creating a beautiful, invigorating space can increase learning outcomes, motivate us to achieve goals and help to keep harmony in our personal relationships. Learn more in Architectural Psychology.      

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Author and Artist Kathleen Karlsen

Kathleen Karlsen is a musician, artist, writer and speaker. She is the author of two books (Flower Symbols and Vocal Medicine) and over 200 articles. Kathleen, her husband Andrew and their five children live in Bozeman, Montana. More about Kathleen Karlsen.

Kathleen Karlsen’s Books

Vocal Medicine reveals Kathleen Karlsen’s personal journey and years of research into mantras, chanting and kirtan. Learn more about using mantras and singing to invigorate your life! Explore the chakras and the impact of sound in every area of your life. 

Flower Symbols by Kathleen Karlsen features fascinating information about the folklore of the world’s most beloved flowers. Flowers accompany us in nearly every major event in life. This book is a perfect gift for every flower lover in your life! 

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Galaxy Art Article Summary

This article covers the meaning and symbolism of galaxy art and features the work of artist Kathleen Karlsen. A gallery of products includes canvas prints, posters and coffee mugs. The article covers the significance of art and design psychology, the transformational power of art, and creating intentional space with galaxy art.

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