Do you appreciate art? Is your home a little barren and needs some sprucing up? You may want to start buying some art! However, this isn’t something you’ll want to do on a whim, you’ll need a plan to make sure you find the art that fits your style and personality. Whether you want to be a collector, fill a couple spots on your wall, or just want to personalize your desk a little, below are some helpful tips for getting started.
Determine your preferred style
You can’t enter the wonderful world of art without first knowing what type of art you enjoy. If you like a lot of styles, that’s okay, but you’re going to want to narrow down your scope a little if you want your house to have a consistent design.
One way to do this is to simply expose yourself to more art. Go to museums, art exhibits, and search online for artists. Maybe you’re an artist yourself and need inspiration, fill your house with a style of art that will inspire you. Or if your home has a modern look, go with more abstract, modern art. If you find a piece of art that you like, don’t go for it right away. Make sure there is more art of the same style that will match, and that you’ll enjoy having in your home. Only you know what’s best for your home, just make sure you plan accordingly so you don’t regret your decision later on down the line.
Don’t get caught up in the money game
There are two types of art collectors: ones who do it because they love art and others who do it because of the value and investment. Although investment has established itself as a significant part of collectors of just about anything, that doesn’t make it a good reason for collecting art. The art you collect should be personal; you should be buying art that means something to you regardless of whether it’s cheap or expensive.
Obviously, there are limitations to this and you shouldn’t drive yourself into debt just because you want a certain piece of art, which brings me to my next tip:
Have a budget
From the moment you start collecting to the time you’re an experienced collector, you always want to have a budget. If you go to a lot of art exhibits, it can be easy to get carried away with buying and not realize how much you’re spending. Have a budget in mind (preferably written down) and stick to it. Besides, collecting is more fun when you always have something to look forward to!
Support the artists
Art takes a LOT of time, so you should take this into consideration as you buy. You will rarely ever find an artist who is trying to rip you off and overcharge for their art. Art means just as much to the artist as it does the person who buys it, so it’s in everyone’s best interest to keep it going!If you’re interested in fine art, check out Brad Thompson’s New Orleans art gallery! His realistic art captures the beauty of New Orleans culture, architecture, and wildlife.