Displaying artwork can instantly bring life to your home by adding pops of colour, making a statement, or expressing your interests. However, if you’re new to the art-buying world, it can be tricky knowing what to look for and where to find exquisite pieces.
There are a few stylistic and practical considerations to keep in mind when looking for art to suit your interiors, but you don’t need to be an art connoisseur. Here are a few simple steps to follow when buying art for your home.
The surrounding interiors can hugely influence your choice of art so first; you need to choose a room to host the artwork. Then, think about how you want it to appear against the surrounding interiors. Do you want the art to match or stand out against your décor? Depending on your style, you could look for art with the same key colours as the room or choose pieces with clashing colours. Refer to the colour wheel to find out which shades go together perfectly.
You may also want to choose art that complements the room’s vibe. For example, display scenic photographs in the bedroom to accentuate relaxing energy, or hang inspirational prints in a home office to boost productivity levels.
Some rooms aren’t especially practical for displaying artwork and there are certain precautions you’ll need to take. For instance, art displayed in bathrooms can decay over time due to the heat and condensation from showers and baths. However, this doesn’t mean you have to leave the walls bare. Avoid art made from paper as this material isn’t durable enough to withstand the humidity and don’t display expensive or irreplaceable pieces in case they do get damaged. You can lower the risk of mould by using metal frames with acrylic glazing instead of glass.
Once you’ve decided on the placement, measure the wall to determine the size of art you need. Placing one small piece in the middle of a large wall can look misplaced and lost. Whereas, displaying one large image or a gallery wall of art in a sizeable space looks striking but ensure the proportions are balanced, so it doesn’t look cluttered.
If you’re hanging art on a wall with limited space, such as the hallway, completely covering it may look overwhelming so opt for something more subtle.
Knowing where to find art is often the biggest challenge, and not everyone has the time to peruse art galleries regularly. However, there are plenty of ways to discover pieces from the comfort of your own home.
You can browse a diverse range of art from talented independent artists through online art galleries, such as Bleur Art. With a variety of different forms of art, including abstract canvas paintings, sculptures, illustrative embroidery, and ink drawings, there’s something to suit every interior style.
Follow artists you love on social media to be alerted to their new collections. You can also check Facebook groups such as ‘Art buyers and sellers’, which currently has 15.2K members, to discover unique art. Instagram hashtags are another great way to find artists. For an abundance of choice, #findart has 23K posts, or for a narrower selection, search #findartonline which has 100+ posts.
If you like an artist’s style but can’t find a piece that’s exactly right for your home, enquire about commissioning a piece tailored to your specifications.
If there’s only one version available of a piece you love, you may need to act fast to avoid missing out. However, if you aren’t sure, don’t impulse purchase. Unless you have a deadline, take your time to add to your art collection. Don’t rush the process and buy items just to fill a blank wall.
Although there are certain style guidelines to aim for when choosing art, sometimes you need to throw the rules out of the window. Art should be fun, so don’t get too weighed down by restrictions. If you fall in love with a piece, don’t worry too much about whether the colours perfectly match your cushions, or if it’s the exact right size. Trust your instincts and find the perfect placement for the art later.