Let’s say you want to be surrounded by pieces of art that inspire you everyday and make your home a cohesive comfortable place that also suits your sense of style. The right art pieces, whether wall pieces or sculptures, set the tone for your space by keeping it inviting, communicating what type of person or family you are. Whether you are focused on colour, size, a theme, or even an inspiration piece, buying art for your living room does not have to be difficult. However, it seems to be for many people.
Setting foot in an art gallery can be an intimidating experience if you are not an art connoisseur. Art has its own vocabulary, and not knowing it can make you fear that you will look dumb trying to communicate what you want. In addition to that, as the French playwright Yasmina Reza anticipated in her acclaimed work “Art”, the fear of not choosing “correctly”, of your artistic choice not being understood by those close to you can also be a barrier when deciding what type of art to buy.
Well-placed artwork has the power to transform a space, but selecting the correct piece can be a complicated and intimidating project. However, no matter how little you know, or how afraid you feel, when you place art in your home there is only one opinion that matters: yours.
How to choose the perfect art for your living room
The key to overcoming that sense of dread is having a project in mind when you start. Maybe it’s an empty space in your living room wall that needs to be filled, or a desire to add a specific color to a room. Vocabulary will not matter anymore because you will know what you are looking for, and that will ease choosing the perfect art for you.
A good first priority for a new collector is to focus on what your budget is. Before you even start looking at art and trying to decide what to buy, you should decide how much you want to spend. You can buy artwork regardless of what your budget is. The key is just to have one. If you only have a 100€ budget there is still a lot of beautiful art you can buy. Also, mixing pieces from different budgets, styles, periods, etc, adds character to your home and tells your story.
Once you know what you need, where will you find it? Typically, collectors buy art in galleries, limiting options to the galleries where they live and the choices of their curators. In the past years, online art purchasing has revolutionized what you can buy democratizing the process. If you don’t travel, online galleries offer the opportunity to see art from all over the world. The more you look, the more you’ll understand what you like.
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As the owner of the artwork, you might want to know the story behind it. Galleries will have information on the artist’s life and training, and can tell you the story behind the piece. Some online galleries will allow you to contact directly with the artist so that you can find out everything about a piece you might want to buy and collect cool facts with which to dazzle your party guests at home.
And once you find your art piece, splurge on quality custom framing, museum glass and fabric mats! It will elevate the art. Believe me, you will be glad you did it.
It all boils down to one thing: Buy something that you love. You’ll be living with this art. You want to be inspired by it every day. And if what you see everyday hanging on the wall of your living room thrills you, then you will know it was the right decision.
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