Is there a better way to express the personality of your home than through art? If you’ve never bought art work before, it can be a little daunting. Sculpture, or painting, unique or mas market, bought local or online, the possibilities are endless!
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a single statement piece or several to start your collection, the key successful art collection he right art for you and your space is figuring out what you like, how it will fit, and how to show it off.
Before you start hunting, take a look at these tips and you’re sure to find the right art, whatever your taste!
When it comes to art, inspiration abounds. Peruse museums and local galleries, outdoor art shows or exhibitions. Even coffee shops, restaurants and libraries offer art (decorative and for sale) for your viewing pleasure. The Internet expands your options exponentially with blogs, websites, magazines, and aspirational sites like Pinterest and Houzz.com.
Whether working towards building a collection or seeking limited edition pieces, deciding on a theme beforehand will give you an idea of where and what to look for. Colour, medium, genre, even work by an emerging artist – this will help you create a cohesive, meaningful group of work in which pieces relate to each other.
Tie It Into Your Interior
Though not a rule of thumb, consider choosing art work that ties in with your existing design scheme. A piece that is too bland or too striking may stick out and draw focus, rather than complete the room. If your interior is more traditional, opt for softer, classic pieces, like photography or paintings. If your decor is modern, a slick, conceptual piece is the way to go.
You’ll also need to consider size. A canvas that is too large can overwhelm the room, while a photo that is too small can easily be lost or look out of proportion. While you don’t need to shop with measurements on hand, having an idea of the space available for new work will help narrow down your options when you find pieces that you love.
Change Your Space
Sometimes you’ll find that piece of art you absolutely love doesn’t fit perfectly with the room you’ve chosen it for. You can fix this a few ways. Changing the frame (or opting to go frame-less) is an easy way to change the look of a piece of art work. Alternatively, the piece might fit perfectly in another room altogether.
Hang It How You Like It
As a rule, paintings should be hung at eye level, however, whether a single piece or a gallery wall, you should hang your work in a way that’s most pleasing to you, and works best in your space. Research and experiment with different ways of displaying art
Experiment to learn what pleases you and what doesn’t. Selecting and displaying art is an art in itself. You will be well-rewarded for the time you invest by finding more satisfaction both in the art and in your home.
Ultimately, you should buy art that you love, and when you love it, it will fit in anywhere