So you want to buy some art…

But aren’t sure what exactly you should buy.

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First off, don’t make this too hard. Buying art is about what you need and want but most importantly, what you love. If you buy art, make it a fun process and take your time. You don’t need to run out and get something right this second. There are a few things you should ask yourself and think about during the process. 

  1. Think about where you want your art. Is this going to your home or work place? Many people decorate their offices with art. It can spark an interesting conversation with co-workers and clients. Plus, you have something to look at that makes you happy when the work starts piling up. A moment of happiness can relieve some stress.
  2. So you know where you want your new art to go, think about what do you have for space? Are you looking for something to hang on a blank wall or a statue or vase for an empty shelf? How big is the space you plan to decorate? 
  3. Once you know what the space looks like, decide if you want one or multiple pieces. Let’s say you want something behind your sofa. It’s probably a pretty large spot. Do you want one big panorama? Do you want more than one piece? You don’t have to decide this right not, but have it in mind when you start shopping. 

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4. What is your budget? This is a huge part of the pre-planning. You want to know how much you have to spend before you hit the stores, galleries, and the internet. Like all budgets, you will probably go over, but if you pre-plan you are more likely to stick to it.  You don’t want to overspend and think about that every time you look at your art. If you know what you are spending, you know what price points to look at. And if you absolutely fall in love with something you can’t afford? You can save up for it. 

5. Color and style kind of go together. You don’t want your new art to clash with the colors and decorating style you already have going on in the space. Look around where you want to place a new piece of art, what colors do you already have? For example, if you have a lot of neutrals you could use art to add color. Then, what style do you have? Classic? Modern? Try to find pieces that encompass the style you already have established. You don’t want your new piece to stick out like a sore thumb. You want it to go with what you already have.

6. Lastly, what are you drawn to? Do you find yourself coming back to the same type of art? You want to choose something you absolutely love because otherwise, you will resent your purchase later. Art is personal and it should reflect you, your style, and your personality. It should mean something to you, not just the first thing you saw. Don’t just buy something because it’s cheap or on sale.  Hold out for something you can’t live without that fits your budget.

You shouldn’t be able to live without the art you choose. 

That’s it! That is how to buy art broken down into six easy categories. You may also like A How To Guide with tips about where to look for art, as well as more tips on buying art. I believe we all need a little art in our life and I feel passionate about finding what you love. 

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Jenna Volden studied photography in high school and college but ultimately ended up with a business degree. After spending 10-plus years in the rat race she returned to her first love, photography by starting her own photography company. She can be found either chasing sunsets around the globe or making women feel like rock stars in her home studio. She is currently based out of Phoenix, AZ.

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