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Tips for choosing art for your home

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Tips for choosing art for your home

Have you finished decorating your home, but something still feels like it’s missing?

Are your walls bare and characterless? Well it could be time you invested in a piece of art. Nothing brings more interest and life to a room than a captivating artwork. And the best thing about art is you can spend as little or as much as you like!

Art is a personal thing, so there’s no right or wrong, but it can be difficult knowing where to start. With our handy tips and guidance, you’ll be on your way to becoming a modern-day art connoisseur.

Immerse yourself

If you’ve started your search feeling passionate, then aim to immerse yourself in a wide range of art, from the exquisite to the everyday. After all, some of the greatest connoisseurs in history were self-taught.

Saturation is the trick - see it all - but keep it enjoyable. The more you see, the more you’ll know what you like - and what you don’t like.

Choosing art for your home

Immersing yourself will mean you’ll get to know your favourite artists, helping you to understand the deeper meaning behind the work. Some artists are even on social media; find them online to get a glimpse into their lives.

Art doesn’t have to be in a frame or on a canvas, art can take many forms, a sculpture or even something upcycled, so dive deep into the diverse art world.

Size matters

It’s important to consider how size will play a factor in the artwork you choose and where you place it.

For example, a small frame on a wide plain wall, is going to draw the eye for all the wrong reasons.

If you do have a relatively good amount of open space, a larger artwork is a good place to start, it will serve as a beautiful focal point in your home.

If you prefer to buy a smaller piece, buy multiple small pieces and group them in a collection on your wall. Nothing adds personality quite like a DIY gallery wall. You can go for simple and cohesive frames, or really go for it with an array of ornate variations.

Set a budget

Once you know where you’re going to place your artwork and have an idea of the size, you can determine your budget.

Set a price within your limits. You’ll be able to find something perfect, whatever your budget.

If you end up buying something extravagant, there is the risk you could soon end up resenting the pricey piece.

Consider colour

You don’t need to be overly strict with your colour matching. With art, there is more allowance for the use of bold, striking colours.

The living room is the room where you can be the most playful. Save the softer colours for the rest of the house, such as the bedroom and study, where you need to relax or concentrate.

To be on the safer side, pick artwork that incorporates colours already present in the room, or that are on the same colour scheme.

When developing your colour palette, don’t forget to consider all elements of the room, including pillows, throws and curtains.

Buy emerging artists

Buy emerging artists

Find out what art events are happening in your local area, even check out a high school or university art fair. Stumbling across a beautiful piece from an artist who’s just starting to make a name for themselves, is just like buying your home before they built that school nearby and better train station. You could end up sitting on a gold mine.

Attending local events is also a great way to cultivate and maintain an interest in the art scene, so make it a regular occurrence in your diary.

You can also look online, such as Artfinder or Saatchi Art who has a wide range of original paintings for sale from emerging artists around the world.

Just remember when buying artwork online, you may need to factor in the cost of framing.

Matt Dampney art

Source: Saatchi Art, Untitled I, 2018 by Australian artist Matt Dampney

Something on trend

We are truly in the days of fast fashion, and home décor is no exception.

Each season, we can pop to a retail giant and completely restyle our homes on a budget of $300. So, for the time-poor, indecisive buyer, or for those who are just feeling the pressure of finding that perfect piece which won’t clash with the curtains, and that your friends won’t secretly hate, take inspiration from the major retailers, or even have a look on social media.

We are all culpable of following the crowd (whether we admit or not). So, that guilty purchase, could end up becoming your most treasured item.

Buying art on trend

Personalised

Another consideration when choosing art is whether you want something which has a personal meaning to you. Art can provide a narrative of your life. It can remind you of a loved one, a moment, somewhere you’ve lived, somewhere you want to go. Choosing a piece personal to you can really drive a sense of happiness.

You could even commission an artist to create a bespoke piece. There is a magnitude of artists available right at your fingertips which can accommodate the small and the big budgets!

On websites like Not on the High Street and Hard to Find you can get your hands on a personalised family print from $80.

Source: Not on the Hight Street, Story Of My Houses Watercolour Illustration

Recycle

With even the most prized possessions, there comes a time where it no longer floats your boat (or perhaps, doesn’t float your new live-in-partner’s boat). The final perk about art is the waste is minimal. Here are a few options of what to do with no longer loved pieces:

  • If the piece is within a frame, reuse the frame – give it a fresh lick or paint or repurpose it for something else, e.g. a serving tray or a jewellery holder.
  • Give to a friend or family.
  • Give to a charity auction or an op-shop.

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