Never did we spend as much time in our homes as we did this past year. For many, this makes it the opportune time to take a closer look at their daily environment, to re-evaluate what they really love and to redecorate what they don’t. Adding a piece of art to your home may just be the perfect way to make it feel more unique, more personal and a safe space to retreat from daily life. However, choosing the right artwork is not always as easy as it may seem, especially now that the online world gives us access to so many different artists, styles and media. Here are 7 tips from us on what to keep in mind when purchasing a piece of art for your home.
Choose what you love
This may seem like a very obvious statement, but especially when buying art to complement your interior it can be tempting to get carried away by trends or to adjust to a certain theme or color scheme that you have throughout your house. However, if you are making the decision to invest in a piece that you will be looking at every day, it is important that this is a work with which you feel a certain personal connection. The walls of your home are a great place to make more daring, eclectic choices that stand out in color, content or texture and really express your personal taste.
Be ready to act fast
The art market can be fast paced, so even though it is essential to do diligent research when you’ve fallen for a piece it is also advisable to not wait too long before you pounce. Artworks are usually one-of-a-kind, so it may be hard to find a second piece that resonates with you in the same way or that suits your home as well as your first choice.
Pick the right size
Another important thing to keep in mind is the size of the space or wall you want to decorate and the artwork’s proportions in relation to other objects in the room. A common mistake, for example, is that people will buy a rather small work to adorn a big empty wall, which will not only make the piece look less impressive, but also creates the impression that the wall is even more big and empty than it was before. When you are, let’s say, hanging a painting above your bed, for example, it’s usually best if it spans almost the entire width of the headboard. The same goes for a sideboard or a dining table. Even though bigger artworks are usually more expensive, it can be worthwhile to just go all the way and buy a piece that will suit the dimensions of your space and create the harmonious effect you are looking for.
Invest in quality framing
One of the most common mistakes people make when buying a beautiful piece of art for their home is to save on the framing. Instead of picking up a frame at Ikea or the like, investing in high-quality framing will elevate your artwork. When you do so, your piece will for example be protected by non-reflecting, museum-quality glass, so that the work does not become invisible in specific lighting. It will furthermore be made to fit your artwork exactly right or with a custom Passepartout in the color of your choice. Most importantly, you can pick a style that compliments your piece as well as your interior and really brings the two together.
Decide with the space in mind
If you already know which room(s) in your house you’d like to enrich with art, keep that exact space in mind when browsing for the right piece. Consider whether you want the artwork to be the focal point. If so, go for something bright and textured or big and striking. If you’d rather like it to be complementary but not too distracting, choose with the color palette of the area in mind and consider something that is perhaps a bit more muted or in tune with its surroundings. When you have a bit of ‘dead space’ that you do not quite know what to do with, art can be a great addition to not only fill this area but make it a highlight.
Consider a different medium
When thinking of adding art to a space, most people instantly think of a painting. There is however a variety of different media that could be a great addition to your home, and it does not always have to be hung on the walls. Especially if you have some empty space to fill or a sideboard that is looking a bit empty and forlorn, a sculpture or other three-dimensional piece can be an incredible statement.
On the other hand, if you have a rather small space to decorate, you might also consider a piece by an artist that works with unorthodox materials such as mirrors. Not only will this capture the eye of anyone that walks into the room, it is also a great way to visually expand it. Textile art can be another, less obvious, but a great choice to add a unique flair to your home, and can often be used in flexible ways, which makes it more malleable to the space.
Buy from emerging artists
Perhaps you have heard one of those many stories of art enthusiasts with an eye for talent who bought one of the first painting from Matisse for just $100 or a print of, at the time, unknown artists Andy Warhol for just $500. Purchasing artworks for your home is not only a way to be able to enjoy the works in your everyday environment, by buying pieces at an affordable price point from up-and-coming artists, you may well be looking at a very sensible long-term investment. It is therefore advisable to do your research, both in your direct environment and online, to find talent that may just be the next art world sensation.