Tips on buying art for your home

For many people, purchasing art is not an activity that comes naturally. It can feel intimidating as there is a lot of pressure to not regret your purchase down the line or, even worse, look uncool in front of your peers. Well, the good news is, buying art need not be a scary process at all. In fact, if you follow our handy tips on buying art for your home, we’re certain it will be a process of self-discovery that you not only enjoy but will culminate in you owning art you treasure forever.

Discover your tastes

In order to choose art you will love for years to come, you need to awaken your own personal tastes.  Before rushing out and buying any old piece, spend a few weekends becoming more acquainted with where your artistic appreciation passions lie.

It is a good idea to visit galleries and museums and to take note of the various periods, forms and artists you find aesthetically pleasing. This research process is the perfect way to get to know the kind of art that appeals intimately to you.

Once you have explored where your tastes lie, take your search to the internet and expand your knowledge on the artists or styles that captured your imagination in the galleries.

By blocking out other people’s opinions and taking time for self-reflection you will discover what truly excites you. Only when you become an expert on your own tastes will you be able to pick exciting pieces that are in-sync with your unique personality and style.

Evaluate the space

Sometimes when buying art, people can be guilty of putting the cart before the horse. Prior to embarking on your art-buying journey, it is a good idea to begin by considering the space you are buying for.

What is the purpose of the art you are buying? It helps to think about the colours and themes that are already present in the room. Are you going to attempt to complement the theme or add a bit of discord by choosing something a little bit off kilter?

It’s also important to think about scale too. A tiny piece of art on a big white wall will lessen its effect, equally, a collection of pieces clustered together in a tight space can sometimes appear too busy.

To avoid these problems, visualise the space the piece is going to go in and then choose your art accordingly. Areas of light in the room should also be considered, because unless you purchase artificial lighting, a piece’s beauty can be circumnavigated if dimly lit.

Finally, when deciding where you are purchasing art for, don’t narrow your search to just walls. Art can lean against a wall, sit on a shelf, dangle from a ceiling or even sit on a tabletop. Take a keen look around the room you are improving and think creatively about which areas would benefit from an injection of art.

Set a budget

Now you have an idea of the kind of art you are going for, and a rough feeling for the size and scale of what is needed for the location you have in mind, it’s time to determine a budget. Deciding your budget is important as not only will it narrow your search, it will also prevent you from being overly extravagant and resenting a piece for its cost in years to come.

Your budget amount is entirely dependent on you; a good purchase is one that is within your limits that you won’t regret.

Also, remember that just because you have set a budget, you by no means have to spend it all; stunning, beautiful art can be found from anywhere between £5 right through to £50,000.

How to beat your budget

If you are looking for ways to get great art within your budget, here are some handy tips…

1)      Visit galleries for emerging artists – Younger, lesser-known artists are more likely to sell their work for less. Visiting exhibitions that showcase their work is a fantastic way to get great art for less.

2)      Suggest a payment or trade plan – If you have found the art that you love but it’s out of your budget, it may be worth asking if you can pay the artist in instalments.

Likewise, if you have skills in something like marketing, Photoshop or framing, why not ask if you could allow the artist to harness your talents in a trade?

3)      Utilise social media – Using the internet to discover up-and-coming artists is another great way to find inspiring, inexpensive art. Platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest are teeming with talented artists trying to get their work out there, why not take a look and see what you find?

Trust your own judgement

If you take nothing else from this post, ensure that you purchase art that you truly love. This may sound absurdly obvious but it is amazing how many people buy art they think they should like rather than art they genuinely adore.

It is important to not get overwhelmed with others’ opinions but instead let your own instincts be your deciding factor. Whilst your taste may not be in line with the latest trends or similar to the art in your friends’ houses, it is you who will have to look at your purchases for years to come.

That is why it is important that the pieces you choose speak to you; remember that art is a place for self-expression and if you love what you pick, you won’t go wrong.

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