You have moved into your dream home, unpacked, organized, and put everything away to your heart’s content. The only thing missing is art for your walls. While you may have a few select family photos here and there, fine art pieces can really enhance the drama in your home, and draw the eye in. If you don’t know anything about art, it can be overwhelming to figure out your taste and your budget. Luckily, art does not have to be expensive in order for you to enjoy it.
Avoid The Galleries
You do not need to go into an art gallery to purchase art. It’s probably beyond your budget anyway, and most of the more modern art is befuddling, especially price-wise, to the novice art enthusiast. Instead, shop around on sites Etsy for affordable art prints, original art by new or emerging artists, and focus on a style or theme that really appeals to you. If budget is an issue, you can find great deals on a variety of wall art at stores like Target.
Buy What You Love
Avoid the cliched posters and city landscapes that are on everyone else’s walls. Think deeply about what it is that you love, that has meaning to you, and that you consider beautiful. Whatever art you choose will be something that you will be living for years, so like a tattoo, make sure you really, really want it. After all, as Pablo Picasso once said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Create A Collection
If you are intent on building a collection, consider building it around a theme. Whether it’s your favorite works by a particular artist, a mood, or subject, having a central theme will help you narrow your choices, and make it easier for you to make a decision when it comes to purchasing time. Spread your selected art pieces around the house, and have your other interior choices mirror and refer back to the art work. For example, if you have a bright piece with a lot of blue, add some blue objects like vases or pillows in the same room.
To Frame Or Not To Frame
Some art comes unframed, other pieces are framed, and some you might want to frame yourself. It’s up to you how you want the piece to look. If you are on a budget, consider doing the framing yourself. It is pretty easy to do, and free Internet directions and guides abound on sites like Apartment Therapy.
Make Your Own Art
One of the most frugal, and easiest options, if you are at all artistically inclined, is to create your own art. Canvases, paints, and frames are all available at major stores like Target. Make it a fun project for your family. If you mess up, you can always toss it and create something else. There are also many sites that will create canvas prints of your smartphone pictures, like Canvas Pop. Or, alternatively, frame your kids’ best artwork and let them have the pride of making it to the main wall.