If you’re like most people, choosing artwork for your home doesn’t come naturally. Even when you’re trying to factor in things like scale, color, and placement, you may still wonder if you’re doing it “right” or if some interior decorating guru (or judgmental in-law) will come knocking on your door to criticize your choices.
If that sounds like you, then we’ve got great news: choosing the perfect pieces for your home is easier than you realize. Here are a few tips for choosing artwork for your home.
There Are No Rules
That’s right; the first rule of choosing artwork for your home is that there are no rules. Therefore, when it comes to what you want to hang on your walls, it’s pretty much impossible to mess it up! While you may choose to follow a few sensible rules in your other décor choices, such as keeping most of your walls, flooring, and furniture neutral colors, artwork is an expression of color, emotion, and texture. Go with what you love without worrying whether you chose the “right” piece for your space.
Know Where It Comes From
Knowing the artist or company who created your piece is a great way to understand the work itself. Whether it’s a small, family-owned business in Kentucky, a music industry insider-turned-artist, or an artist from your hometown, taking the time to learn about their background and what they want to convey through their art can make it easier to decide whose art you’d like to have in your home.
Sometimes, local artists will have a few pieces of art that they recreate over and over, allowing them to sell many copies of the same piece. However, most art is unique, meaning that if you see a piece that you love and you don’t act quickly, you could permanently lose the opportunity to own it. If you’re out and about and you see an original piece that stands out to you, don’t wait to snatch it up.
Check Out the Local Talent
Speaking of local artists, one of the best things you can do for your personal art collection is to expose yourself to emerging talent. Many cities have Art Walk events where you can see the work done by local artists that are just beginning to make a name for themselves. Look at it like a great real estate deal; if you’re buying an investment property, you don’t buy when the market is high. You wait until the demand is down, and then you make your move.
Finding a great budding artist is similar. Artists are usually most defined by their early works, and those are the works that also tend to be more valuable and desirable to collectors. Every artist was unknown at one point, and buying from an artist who is just getting started is a great (and affordable) way to support them while possibly stumbling upon the next big thing.
When it comes to purchasing artwork for your home, you can safely throw out hard and fast rules and let your heart be your guide. Ready to add to your collection? Check out our selection of one-of-a-kind artwork. Each piece can be customized and designed by you, choose from wood, acrylic, metal, and canvas.