Decorating 101: Buying art

Decorating 101: Buying art

Written by Caroline S. Benoudiz on March 6, 2018

Decorating 101: Selecting art

Your art selection speaks volumes about who you are. And we can bet you don’t want to be the person that went into Ikea, bought the $5 ‘live, love, laugh’ poster on sale (and no frame!), hung it up on some wall, and called it art.      

Much like accessories (and even more so), the art in our homes should be a reflection of ourselves. They don’t have to be expensive, but they should definitely be in line with our thoughts, our beliefs, and of course, our style. At the very least, when people ask you why’d you buy that piece, you should be able to give them a valid reason.

Image source: Tappan Collective

It may take some time (note: It should), and maybe a little bit more money than you expected, but trust us, it will be worth it.

Here’s some tips:

Set up a budget: When purchasing art, and regardless of your budget, you should always think of yourself as a true collector. Just because you don’t plan on spending much on your collection doesn’t mean it is devoid of value. And hey, if you have a really good eye, you might even be on to something that can be worth a lot of $$$ in the future! We encourage our clients to aim for one-of-a-kind pieces, but there are a lot of places you can buy special editions at affordable prices (see list below)

Choose your poison: When starting a collection, most people decide either on a topic, or on a style (sometimes both). Some topics can be: Feminism, Social Issues, Propaganda, Pop Culture, and so on. Some styles can be: Abstraction, Pop-Art, Expressionism, Portraits, and so forth.  Think about what type of artistic style and/or subject usually appeals to you, and stick to it. Once you’ve made your decision you must immerse yourself in it and look for artists that are in line with your style AND your budget.

Image source: Tate Shop

Choose your poisons: If on the other hand, you want to have a more diverse collection (which is totally accepted, and in our humble opinion, encouraged), you should then stick to your gut. Maybe you are a person that embraces all types of mediums, styles, currents, AND subjects. If this is you, then the only rule is that you’re drawn to each individual piece, for all it represents.

Do your homework: Whether you're buying online, at a market, or at a gallery, do some asking, and do some research. Who is the artist? What were his/her/their intentions behind the piece (if any)? What period does it belong to (both in time and style)? What technique was used to create it? Just pretty much whatever you might think might be relevant to its meaning. Because these are the basic things that make an art piece an ART piece.  

Image source: Art Star

By the time you’re done you will be proud to say things like ‘this rare mid-century, abstract expressionist artwork is a reference to the economic and social hardships that followed the World War II’ And people will be like: WOW

 Image source: Art Space

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Decorating 101: Buying art
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