Trying To Choose Photographs For Your Therapy Practice? Start By Picking A Theme.

Buying fine art photography could be the perfect decorating solution for your therapy practice. Photography can brighten the room, set the tone of the office, relax your patients and also provide a conversation piece when one is needed.

Knowing how to pick the right pieces for your walls can be difficult if you're not comfortable doing your own decorating. It can also be difficult if you're trying to pick photography that will enable your patients to relax and open up. Picking art that is based on a theme can help you set the right tone and mood for your office, which can in turn positively affect the state of mind of your patients. These tips will help you pick pieces that are sure to put your patients at ease.


Always a safe theme, landscapes easily set a mood without stirring a heavy emotional response in the viewer. Landscapes are beautiful. They're easy to look at for long periods of time, and just as easy to ignore. Landscapes also have the benefit of being something that everyone can look at and understand, making them an effective conversation piece.


Abstract photography, which often involves close up images of inanimate objects, is a very cerebral type of art. Abstract photography can put viewers in a thoughtful frame of mind without stirring an emotional response. If this is the effect that you're looking for—to give your patients something to see without feeling deep emotions as a result—then abstract photography is the perfect art for the walls of your therapy practice.

Human Subjects

This emotionally charged theme will be appropriate in some therapy offices more than others. As you choose your photographs, remember that it's important not to choose images of subjects that could conflict with the state of mind of your patients. To pick an obvious example, choosing pictures of smiling people for a practice that normally treats depressed patients could make the patients feel worse, which would in turn be bad for the practice.

Photographs that put human subjects in an emotionally removed, abstracted context are generally safe to hang on the walls of a therapy office. For example, patients may find it difficult to identify with figures that appear in silhouette. The state of mind of these subjects may not be detectable at all, and are therefore less likely to upset the patients who see them.

When choosing the right theme and subject for the fine art on your walls, start by asking yourself what you'd like the photography to do, and how you'd like the photography to make your patients feel. Do you want your art to make your patients thoughtful? Relaxed? Choose the theme based on these goals. For more information and helpful suggestions, speak with a professional art or photography dealer in your area.