The trick to a successful art purchase is to know what you want and to keep it in mind while you are searching for your ideal piece of art.
Here are my tips to guide you through the process of narrowing down your artwork needs:
QUESTION ONE – THE ROOM
Which room are you buying artwork for? Having a clear idea of what you are looking for is 80% of the process.
For example, artwork for the bedroom is completely different to artwork for the home office or lounge room.
Perhaps you have a favourite piece of furniture or appliance with which you want to theme your art.
QUESTION TWO – THE COLOURS
Is there a colour theme for your new artwork to match?
You can add contrast by choosing artwork in the same colour, but bolder or brighter.
Does the colour need to blend with another artwork that you don’t want to move?
QUESTION THREE – THE MOOD
Do you want to convey a mood or theme?
For the bedroom, you might want something tranquil.
For the home office, perhaps something motivational or inspiring.
Different rooms have different moods.
QUESTION FOUR – THE STYLE
Think about what styles of art you like. I’m not talking about Van Gogh or Monet…
But, much simpler, do you like glossy prints behind glass, or clear crisp paintings with no glass.
Do you like fine art (realistic)? Or modern art? Or abstracts perhaps?
Prints are cheaper than paintings, but paintings are more luxurious and make a bolder statement.
There is no right or wrong, but it helps to know what you are looking for.
QUESTION FIVE – THE SIZE
Decide if you are looking for a large piece or a small piece. Or maybe a collection of themed smaller pieces.
Does the size need to blend with another artwork that you don’t want to move?
Once you get your head around what you want, then it’s time to start looking.
Run some internet searches on Pinterest or Etsy to see what appeals to you. You will usually find yourself drawn to certain types of artworks.
Write down your answers to the Five Questions above and keep your list with you so you don’t fall prey to impulse buying.
Something that looks great in the shop may look completely different at home if you didn’t follow your carefully thought-out answers.
Grab a glass of wine and check out my Etsy shop for some beautiful artwork – Sandra Burns Art. 🎨🙂
Displaying art in your home doesn’t just add personality and style…
Having art in your home creates a therapeutic experience – provoking thoughts and opinions – as well as influencing your mental well-being.
Happy searching… and I hope to see you in my In Box!
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Thanks for following my art journey!
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