To eliminate some of the confusion, we've put together a guide to help you find the perfect piece of art.
We asked Chelsea Neman and Jordan Klein, founders of The Tappan Collective, to share their best tips for buying art for your home. "People often feel overwhelmed and lost when they make the decision to purchase art," the Tappan team says. "They can't decide what style or genre, what colors, how big or how small, or how much to spend. There are many factors that play into the decision."
When it comes to figuring out how to dress up a blank wall, many people simply say they don't know anything about art and don't even know where to begin, but the first step in buying art is learning what you like. "An easy way to narrow down your artistic style is to just go to a museum and see what kind of art you're naturally drawn to," the Tappan team advises. "Do you go straight to the bright pop Warhol or do you fancy the romantic Impressionist paintings? These types of questions build a foundation for figuring out what it is in art that you are personally drawn to," they explain.
Make a note: Always remember that art collecting and purchasing is a very personal experience, so it makes sense to feel out what you're attracted to before buying.
Just because you saw something similar in a magazine doesn't mean you should make a purchase.
"Trends are something to avoid when purchasing art," warns the Tappan team. They compare art trends to fashion trends, which have a tendency to be fleeting. Whereas that classic trench coat or little black dress will always look good, that neon headband might not be on the top of your must-wear list for long. "Trends come and go, but style is forever."
So what makes a piece of art timeless? "A timeless piece of art has a certain depth and meaning to the viewer, not just a surface value beauty," explains the Tappan team. "Other factors play into this as well: technical skill, thought provocation, viewer engagement, a clear vision, compositional balance or an evoked memory. Not all of these qualities are essential in defining a timeless piece, but each contributes to it."
The room where your piece of art will hang may determine the style, size and the type of piece you purchase.
Once you've made your purchase, you want to hire a professional to hang it. You do not want your new investment to be crooked or off center on the wall.
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