8 Tips for Choosing Artwork for Your Home from The Pros

Whether you’re an art curator, gallery owner, or musician, buying art isn’t something that comes easily to you. At first glance, galleries can be overwhelming. You may be concerned about selecting the appropriate size or color scheme for your room. 

“How do I pick the best artwork?” is a question that artists are often asked. There are a few rules to follow to ensure you choose the right piece for your room. Artwork contributes to the homeowner’s and their space’s personality. 

It’s useful for tying together disparate elements and giving a home personality. The great part about art is that it’s an investment that you can take with you everywhere you go and that can also increase in value over time. It also eliminates the need for a second mortgage so you can pay as little or as much as you want.

Following a few basic rules, it turns out that selecting art for the home is much more straightforward than one would expect.

Artwork that is well-placed has the ability to turn a room, but choosing the right piece can be a difficult and daunting task.

Here are some pointers on selecting the right piece of art for your home to help demystify the process.

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Consider using a modern piece in a traditional setting, and vice versa.

It adds visual appeal and shakes things up. Be willing to experiment in different mediums. Artists use wax, enamel, gold dust, and even reclaimed fabrics and cloth to create exquisite works that aren’t oil paintings.

Attend art shows featuring up-and-coming artists

Find out what’s going on in your city’s arts scene, and then go! This is an excellent place to get acquainted with new musicians. 

Buying from new or up-and-coming musicians who are only getting their start is like running into a fantastic real estate sale.

Choose what you want and purchase what you adore.

While such rules, such as investing in neutral couches or flooring, can be followed, artists encourage people to use their walls to make more irrational or diverse decisions. 

Art allows you to express yourself by colour, material, and texture, so select art that speaks to you on a deep level, and don’t forget about sculptures and rugs! They have the ability to make artistic statements as well.

The kitchen is one of the most overlooked areas when it comes to artwork.

The kitchen is often referred to as the “heart of the home” and is also the most visited room in the house. There is no doubt that art must be used in this project. Art can be shown on countertops or in spaces above cabinets. 

Lean toward smaller pieces that balance rather than clutter the room to hold the art in the details. We like prints that are amusing or more social in nature.

Art should never be a “maybe” for you; it should excite you every day.

Visit secondary markets.

This is a whole different game. Artists strongly advise seeking guidance from knowledgeable peers and attending auctions. 

Books like Seven Days in the Art World (where the author peels back the scales of the modern art world) and The 12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark (which looks at contemporary art from the prism of economics) have informative opportunities to immerse yourself in the ancient and ever-evolving museum and auction processes.

Get a commissioned piece of art.

Getting a commissioned piece of art is a fantastic way to get the exact size you need for your room while still collecting the work of an artist you admire. 

When selecting an artist, make sure they’ve completed commissions before, or ask a client who has already collaborated with the artist to share their feedback.

Find out all about paper art and framing.

Paper works are frequently less costly than oil on canvas, for example, but bear in mind that often paper works are not sold in frames. If you wish to save money on framing, artists recommend first testing the acidity of the mats. 

You can purchase cheap frames, just make sure the mats that come into contact with the artwork are acid-free. Acidic mats used in low-cost ready-made frames can cause artwork to deteriorate or discolor easily.

Find out all about paper art and framing.

Most of us are under a lot of stress because this is the space that the majority of the visitors can see and spend time in. Choosing the right piece is crucial for provoking dialogue and establishing the space’s feel or vibe. 

You may go for a full gallery wall or a single large-scale piece. It’s also necessary to look beyond the box. Art does not only have to be a print or a canvas; it can take several different types. Look past a 2D picture to find a rare item that better represents you, whether it’s a massive scale version of the American flag or Stag horns.

Strong and low tones can be combined. Combine eras and designs. Combine $20,000 paintings with $20 street art to create a stunning display. Include a vacation architectural sketch. This seems to have been gathered over time and reveals a tale. It’s your story.

Are You Looking for Contemporary Art to Complement Your Home?

The Marshall Gallery, located in Scottsdale’s Historic Arts District, has been the center of contemporary art since its founding in 1998. Boasting a collection of paintings, sculptures, and exquisite glass pieces, the gallery hosts several exhibitions each year plus a biennial glass invitational that attracts top-notch talent. Here you will find exceptional art presented in an open and relaxed gallery space, which is perfect for browsing the ever-changing collection. Explore on your own, or allow our expert art consultants to offer complimentary assistance to find the perfect addition to your own collection. Looking for the perfect piece of art to complement your home’s decor? Visit us in person or browse our online art store!

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