10 Ways Small Art Will Surprise You in a Good Way

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The amazing power of surprise!

Your brain loves surprises!

Surprise is wonderful because it pulls you into the moment and forces you to experience the now.

A fun surprise is a reprieve, whether it's from a rough day, or a distraction to chase your worries away.

I'm lucky. One visit with the grandkids and bingo … I’m surprised.

Last visit, I simply pulled back the shower curtain of a routine bath. How could I not giggle at a tub full of foam?

3 Reasons Why We Love Surprises - In life, in home decor


Psychologically, surprise appeals to you. The human brain is wired in such a way that it turns its attention to things that are new, different or changing.


When life becomes predictable your brain gets tired of it.

Even though you like routine, you don’t like boredom. Boredom is the opposite of surprise.


We are designed to be delighted by novelty.

This means that we get a kick out of being surprised!

I discovered unusual twists in home decor can bring joy, too!

10 Innovative Ways to Place Small Art in Your Home

To make your space more interesting, display art in unexpected places. The SURPRISE of it all will allow your small art to make a BIG statement.

Art also has the power to whisk you away to another place, letting your mind get lost in thought! These islands of respite are like taking a mini vacation without leaving home, just from the glance of your small art.

Let art continue to take you places and feel something in your daily life and daily settings.

Your home is your sanctuary.

Delight yourself!

Original birch acrylic 8 x 8" by Kate Moynihan artist
When you glimpse away from the mirror, you discover another small treasure on your dresser.

When we're surprised our emotions intensify up to 400 percent!

Small art gives reprieve to hustling, bustling places.

Fuel your inner self with calm and comfort by taking short gazes of escape.

Small birch landscape original acrylic by Kate Moynihan artist on desk of Marquerite Schroeder
Often your home can feel like a to-do list. Let the chores stay where they are. Art has the power to lure you away to a faraway place.

Original birch oil canvas with water reflection in autumn colors 10 x 10" by Kate Moynihan
You may have your feet propped up watching the big screen in front of you, but small spaces can surprise you. By casting your eyes away from the TV, a simple coffee table can become a great getaway place.

Surprise is connected to the brain’s pleasure center. Surprise releases dopamine in the brain, which is a good thing. Dopamine is a feel-good chemical that’s released when eating, embracing, or engaging in some other pleasurable activity.

Surprise: The Intensifier

Original birch oil blue leaves bursting 8 x 8" by Kate Moynihan
One gaze at this miniature art and you'll hang up your coat along with your troubles

Capture Your Collections with the surprise of small art.

Original birch landscape with water reflection and shadows 16 x 20" by Kate Moynihan
Each mug holds its own memory. Mix the collection with the art and the combination takes you to comforting places.

Below, on your way out the door, you grab your dad's old hat. Each time you center it on your head, the hat centers your mind. Next, the snowy scene magnifies your memories of Dad as the winter woods were his haven.

Original birch winter in warm color scheme oil canvas 10 x 10" by Kate Moynihan

Let yourself be light-hearted.

This tender side of you needs nourishment, too.

Group Small Works Together for Impact in Home Decor

Multiple paintings in a group make quite an impact, and allow you more creative control over the final presentation. Just by choosing how you arrange a group of small pieces together, you can effectively create new artwork.

As a collector of small art, you may find that buying miniature paintings allows you to eventually create a more expansive and impressive collection than if you’d purchased fewer, larger pieces.

BONUS: In general, the smaller pieces come with a smaller price tag!

Want more?

View 8 more vignettes of placing small art by clicking this link: Small Art = Big Impact