How to choose the perfect Art for your home

You may be moving into your dream home, perhaps refurnishing and redecorating your present home or, maybe your style has changed, and you’re looking to adorn your walls with unique artwork that best reflect your personality.

Whatever the case, I believe buying art for your home should be easy and fun! Artwork helps to reflect the personality of the homeowner and the space. It’s useful in tying certain pieces together and creating character and warmth in a home. Choosing an art piece to set the feel and vibe of the space and to transform a four walled room into your home is a beautiful journey in itself.

The best thing about art is that it’s an investment you can take with you as you move, and can even grow in value over time. Have a fun art piece for your kitchen area that makes your mornings happy; a relaxing and soothing artwork for bedroom; a cool and sea breezy, zen- styled artwork for bathroom; and for the living room, an artwork that shouts YOU!

Here are some tips that anyone, from art novice to art collector extraordinaire, can use to find the perfect artwork for their style and budget.

1. Buy art that you love 

Art is something you’ll be investing in and looking at for a long time. It should never be a piece that you like. It should be a piece that you love.  Your art piece should bring Joy to you and thrill you every single day. The art you buy doesn’t have to follow a particular colour palette, or be similar in style to your other pieces. Let it be something you connect with and love, something that captures a bit of your spirit.

2. Express yourself through Art

Use artwork to tell a story throughout your home. What you buy should feel true to you, so have fun with it. Match fine art, high-end pieces with edgier art from the street. Tell the story of YOU, what you love and where you have been! 

3. Create the feel

How do you want the room to feel? Relaxing, clean, cultural? If you want a fun, energetic party room, pick out colourful works that are bold. If you want it to be uplifting, choose works that inspire you. Or for a more soothing feeling, choose softer subjects and colour palettes.

4. Contrast and complement the space with art

Don’t try to match your art to the room, instead make it work with the room. Consider a contemporary piece for a traditional space and vice versa. This shakes it up and adds visual interest.

If your room is clean and modern, consider buying and hanging a traditional landscape with bright, happy colours to pop up the space.

Highlight the architecture of your long hallways with a long, horizontal painting or 20 tiny paintings in a row. Don’t be afraid to play!

5. Get to know the Gallery and their artist

Go to Art Fairs and Exhibitions, or just read up about Artists and their artwork on their website. You can also follow their Instagram & Facebook to see their latest works and peek into their lives. Best of all, join their email list for a more intimate view.

6. Consider a custom-made artwork

If you love the work or style of a particular artist, but can’t find the right piece, always ask them to make a custom piece for you.

Trust me on this—it’s the perfect way to get what you want, and collect art from your favourite artist at the same time. If you see a piece and it’s not the right size or colour, ALWAYS ask if the artist can make a custom piece. We do this for clients most of the time.

7. Try getting out of your comfort zone

Get excited about new materials, learning about a process you are not familiar with, or a new Artist. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, artists love to talk about their work. There’s so much art out there that’s just waiting to be discovered—find it!

Be open to various mediums. Artists make beautiful works beyond oil paintings using wax, enamel, gold dust and even recycled materials and fabric. Explore folk art and bring a warm, earthy, organic touch to your home.

8. Elevate the art piece

Do splurge on quality custom framing, museum glass and fabric mats. You’ll be glad you did, as it will elevate the art in all cases.

9.Choose art that brings you joy

In the end, it’s your happiness that matters most when you enter your room. Choose art that brings a smile to your face and joy in your heart.

10. Tips for a smaller art-buying budget

• If you want to purchase a great piece of art, but can’t spend too much money, consider a stretched canvas print. Check if an artist you love makes these from their originals. In many cases, the quality can be fabulous, and the price is much, much lower than an original, especially for larger pieces.

• Don’t be afraid to ask an artist for a discount. Often artists will give 10% off. If you’re lucky, you can sometimes get older pieces for an even more deeply discounted price.

• If you really love a work of art, it can be worth it to pay full price on the original piece. Watch the artist and see if they continue their career and are committed. If they are, keep an eye out for more pieces that you might want. Buying art from a successful artist can eventually turn out to be a good investment.

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