Buying art for your home may seem challenging. But it doesn’t have to be! Art is a personal thing, and there are so many ways to find something that feels right for your home—whether you’re looking for an oil painting or a sculpture.
Here are some tips you should consider before buying art and we will guide you on how to choose art you’ll love:
You don’t have to be an art expert to buy art
You don’t have to be an art expert, but it’s helpful to know a little about what you’re buying.
For example, did you know that the price of artwork depends on its size, subject matter and medium? For example, watercolor paintings tend to be more affordable than oils because they’re created with less expensive materials.
It’s also helpful to have an overview of the different types of art (e.g. figurative vs abstract), as each has its own style and set of artists who specialize in it. In addition, some artists prefer certain mediums over others—for example
Chuck Close is known for his oil paintings whereas
Damien Hirst works primarily with sculpture and installations—so it helps if you have a sense of which artists may suit your taste before heading out into the world and searching for pieces by them!
Set a budget
Before considering buying art, the first thing to do is setting a budget. Buying art can be expensive, but setting a budget helps you to choose the best option for yourself. After establishing a budget, you can filter your search results by price. You should aim to prioritize what you want to spend your money on – making sure that it’s something you love and cherish, but also reflects who you are as a person.
Art can be expensive, but there are many ways to get high-quality pieces into your home without breaking the bank.
- Look at local galleries
- Research more about the artists you’re interested in buying from.
- Consider getting art from newly emerging artists. This could be a good investment opportunity as well! You may check-out our shop for promising talents.
- Browse the plethora of print websites that are out there!
- Keep an eye-out for discount periods, codes and vouchers.
Find what feels good
Once you’ve set a budget, the next step is to think about what kind of artwork feels right for your home. You can do this by identifying which styles and artists you gravitate towards. Do you prefer prints or paintings? Or perhaps a different form of art?
If you’re inspired by the modern art on display at museums and galleries, it’s possible that abstract or conceptual works might work best for your space. Alternatively, if landscape or figurative pieces speak to your aesthetic sensibilities, purchasing those types of art may be natural choices as well.
Consider online and offline options
There are two ways of buying art for your home: offline and online. Online options tend to be more affordable than offline ones, but buying from an artist directly may be more ethical and will give you more control over what piece you will get if you don’t have trust in the online process.
You can go online to buy art, and try not to shy away from this option, though you should double check the websites for authentication and security. Also, read the customer reviews, delivery and return policies!
There are many artworks on sale online for every budget. Here at Artleove, we try to help our followers find artists who speak to them and discover new artworks. In addition to originals, there are also lots of online options for limited editions, affordable prints and more! The majority of our artists are emerging talents with affordable artworks. You can search through our website to find the best artworks that suit you. We would love to be the connection between you and your new piece of art.
If you are still considering offline options, find art galleries, collectives, art fairs, or boutiques near you. Buy from your neighborhood to support your local artists. This way, you may help your local emerging artists to get their work out to the public! If you’re thinking of buying from big galleries, always ask for a discount or negotiate, especially when it is your first time doing it.
The benefits of a physical gallery
Look for local galleries.Gallery owners know their artists and styles better than anyone else, so they can help you pick exactly the right piece of art for your space.
Ask questions! The gallery owner will be happy to answer all your questions about sizes, mediums, shapes and prices. And don’t worry if you’re not sure what exactly makes one piece “more expensive” than another—that’s what they’re there for!
One of our favorite galleries here in Istanbul is
Carre d'Artistes where you can buy original works of art from local and foreign artists. Their philosophy is also based on making art more accessible! Carré d’artistes is a leading art network with more than 30 galleries in France and internationally.
Pick a piece that speaks to you
Buy something that you will cherish having in your home. Since your home is very special to you, choose a piece that truly speaks to you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the work and its story, there’s probably something unique behind it. Gather information about the artist, how they create, and why they do it – you can read more about our artists and what inspires them in Artleove Magazine, with just a few clicks. You can dazzle your guests when their next visit by learning all the cool aspects of the work you picked.
If possible, speak with an expert before making a purchase, so they can help guide through which pieces are right for you—and even suggest some alternatives if necessary.
Find out about the artist you’re interested in buying from
Look at their portfolio. See if they have social media accounts. Check out their website (if they have one) and see if there’s a blog or newsletter you can subscribe to. The more you know about an artist before you buy from them, the better able you’ll be able to decide if it’s worth investing in one of their pieces for your home. This is especially relevant for purchasing original pieces.
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If you like something, buy it on the spot
If you like a piece of art, don’t wait to buy it. It’s easy to think that the art in question will be there tomorrow or next week or next month—but chances are, the next time you see the incredible painting or sculpture, it won’t be there anymore. That doesn’t mean you should rush out and purchase anything and everything that catches your eye; using common sense is key. But if something makes your heart sing, go ahead and make it yours! You’ll regret it later if someone else ends up loving what was meant for you.
Don’t settle for the ‘safe’ option
Go with something you love. Go with something that fits your personality. Go with something that reflects your interests. A lot of pieces are expensive, but they’re worth it if they’re going to be in your home forever; it’s just like buying an expensive piece of furniture—you’ll want to use the item for years down the road and not worry about replacing it when you get tired of it or move house, so take this into consideration.
If you’re considering a large piece of art, bring a tape measure to ensure it will fit where you want it to go. This can be especially important with pieces that are very large or very small. You may have to measure both inside and outside your home in order to make sure that the art piece will work for where you want it.
Online shopping is great, but make sure to check out all the dimensions before purchasing!
There are many ways to invest in art, and we hope this post has helped you understand them better. If there’s one thing we want everyone to take away from this article, it’s that art can be an affordable way to add a little extra personality and color into your home!