Unless you are an art curator, gallery owner, or artist, buying art may not come easily. Galleries and art collections can seem intimidating and overwhelming to beginners. Perhaps you are concerned about choosing the right colors or the right size to fit your space. Maybe you are trying to figure out whether to go for a traditional piece or something from a Female Abstract Artist. However, choosing art for your home should be something personal and intuitive, something that you trust your gut with. Here are some tips to help you to choose.
Think about what you like
When it comes to your home decor, there are some ‘rules’ that you may wish to follow. Of course, many people break these but generally, the go-to option is neutral flooring and furniture. However, apply this to all elements of your decor and it makes for a very bland room. The walls are the perfect opportunity to express personality and personal taste. When it comes to choosing art for your walls, go in at heart level. It does not matter if it is eclectic, irrational, or downright weird – if it speaks to you on a personal level, buy it.
Understand the audience
Getting to know the artist behind the piece of art of work can help you to understand the context and the meaning that the piece is centered around. Where possible, meeting the artist in person is the best way to get a sense of who they are and the motivations of their work. Of course, this is not always possible, but thanks to the Internet, you can find out much more about the artist. Read up about them and follow them on social media to get an idea of who they are.
Pounce when you see something that you like
Art is very often unique and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Artists produce individual pieces, and unless you are prepared to take on a print rather than an original, hesitation can lead to you missing out on a piece that you love. As per the first point that we made – if you like it, buy it. You will rarely regret buying a piece of art.
Be open to new options
Don’t be afraid to check out things outside of your comfort zone. Too often we think of art as being paintings or drawings, but it may be a sculpture or a piece of tapestry. If you do want wall art, look at alternatives to standard paintings – some artists play about and create art with wax, recycled materials, fabric, enamel, and much more. If you see a piece of art that you connect with, but it is not quite right for your room, get in touch with the artist. They may be able to produce something in the same vein but more suitable.
All in all, it is important to remember that art is personal. What one person enjoys, the next person will hate. Think about who is going to be looking at it: you. If you like it, go for it.