The awareness and appreciation of art in our homes has grown in recent years.
A piece of art can enhance the look of almost any room but how do you begin the process of choosing art for your home? Here are some points to help make the process of buying art a little easier, whether you’re styling on a budget or have money to invest in a piece to keep forever.
1. Buy what you love
Art is such a personal choice and whether or not it has the potential to rise in value, it should be something you will enjoy having in your home every day. Remember, the art is for you so trust your instinct and follow your heart.
2. Look around
To build a collection it really helps to learn more about the art world. Get out and see the art being exhibited in your area. Social media sources like Etsy, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook are a great way to discover artists you have never come across before. Research and understand the difference between an original, a limited edition and a reproduction – these will differ a lot in price and value!
3. Be open to different mediums
Art is not just painting! Photography is another valuable medium that can make a strong statement both in terms of meaning/emotions and sculpture is also gaining popularity for the depth they add to a room too. So you need to find the type of art that will work best for your space and will have the greatest impact on enhancing your room’s decor?
4. Size is important
Scale can make or break your room so when you buy a piece of art, always consider its size. You don’t want to put a beautiful but tiny artwork on its own on a big white wall or a huge artwork that chews up so much visual space that it overtakes everything in the room. It is a good idea to measure your wall’s dimensions and take pictures of the room with you when you are out looking so you have a better idea of what space you have to work with and can imagine how the art will look once you get it in your home.
5. Create a focal point
A room can have more than one area that draws your attention. Are you looking for a single point that will define the room, or some decor pieces to complement your overall colour scheme? Make sure all the room’s design elements have some breathing space to avoid a cluttered look.
6. Think about colour
Pick artwork that contains some of your room design’s more attention grabbing colours. A piece with similar or complementary colours can work great as well. Take into account your wall colour, furnishings, pillows, throws and curtains to create a palette of colours to look for in your artwork.
7. Content matters
Buying art is about the connection and reaction you feel to a painting. There are no hard and fast rules on what style you must have; you could put an 18th-century portrait in a contemporary setting, where it will look magnificent. Choose paintings, photographs or prints you personally fall in love with as they are the ones you will want to live with and see again and again in your house.
8. Set a budget
Your budget is just as important if you are buying art from a gallery, or direct from the artist. Remember that you can discuss your budget with the gallery owner, or artist, and they can help you find the perfect piece of original art to suit your pocket. Many people begin collecting art by buying art that is small and then expand to larger ones over time so you do not need to buy a priceless masterpiece to begin with. The best original art collections give the most enjoyment to their owners, regardless of their size or value. It could even be a collection of children art that fills a wall with colour and personality for little cost. https://nz.pinterest.com/pin/414260865706194643/
9. Hang it right
Make sure the artwork is hung at the correct height. Most people hang pictures too high; you should not have to strain your neck to see them. It should be approximately eye level so you should not end up looking down or up at it. In rooms where people are usually sitting down – such as a living room or dining room – eye-level will be at a seated position so artwork could be hung a little lower. Roughly one hand width above a sofa is a good way of gauging the right height.
10. Light it up
The importance of lighting your artwork can not be overemphasised. Dimly lit artwork will lose impact and look dull and muted. Great lighting will make your artwork pop and contribute to the mood of the room. It’s the icing on the cake!