The power of art, whether it’s in the home, work, an exhibition or even a class, is huge when considering our mindfulness and sense of calm. Taking the time to look at an artwork is a meditational practice in itself; observing colour, form and texture allows us to disengage from our screens and reset our natural way of thinking and looking.

Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week next week, we’ve chosen some of our favourite relaxing artworks, from organic, lush abstracts to warm landscapes, to soothe the mind and create calm in any environment they’re placed.

Anna Nielsson - Solace
Solace by Anna Nielsson
Surf and Bubbles by Aimee Blackledge
Surf and Bubbles by Aimee Blackledge
misty blue and grey by Catherine Taylor Parry
Misty Blue and Grey by Catherine Taylor Parry

In pieces featuring water and calming organic colours this encourages the viewer to imagine the sound of water, waves and streams, inducing a state of relaxation and stillness.

Trees, forests and wildlife are often used in art to ease anxiety or stress. Artwork which incorporate a visual journey from A to B, through woodland or lush landscapes improve memory with nostalgia helping the brain to produce natural endorphins. View more landscape art here.

Heswall Dales by Hazel Thomson
Heswall Dales by Hazel Thomson
Of gorse and hedgerows by Amanda Oliphant
Of Gorse and Hedgerows by Amanda Oliphant
green trees by hilary dron
Green Trees by Hilary Dron

An antidote to the noise of the urban landscape and the bustling of day-to-day city life, depictions or warmer climates, far flung destinations and picturesque coastal towns remind us of relaxing breaks away and peaceful holidays.

Harbour Return by Gail Watson
Harbour Return by Gail Watson
Flushing by Beryl Jean Worth
Flushing by Beryl Jean Worth
honfleur II by john sutherst
Honfleur II by John Sutherst

Treat yourself this Mental Health Awareness Week, whether it’s a new piece of art to bring calm to your home, viewing an exhibition or de-stress in an art class.