Tips for Choosing Art (paintings)

1.  Choose Art that You Love -   It may or may not be an investment that you are after, but if you are to enjoy it on your wall every day, prioritise investment in a work that you connect with and take pleasure in. This may mean replacing accents (cushions, ornaments other coloured little features ) and finding ones to compliment your art rather than going out to find an art work to match you decor accents, which is like putting the horse before the cart as Monet would have said.(more in point 5.)


2.  Look for an appropriate Size.  Take measurements of the walls involved before you go art hunting for art works. Even some photos to show the complete wall can assist in the advice that you are given. Any established items of furniture in the room should influence your choices of possible framing as well. 

3. Dont be afraid to explore all mediums - Several years ago, if it wasn't an oil painting or a watercolour, it wasn't considered as a relevant choice. To hang onto this short-sighted view now is sadly limiting, as there are a host of validated and exciting media that have seen the test of time, in fact some are more durable and stand the test of time even more than traditional oils and watercolours. It is important to research , however, as there are also many 'art works' out there which are posing as one thing when in reality are not. Always ask for details of the medium and the artist.

4. Buy from reputable sources and know what you are getting - In this day and age imported knock-offs abound, google 'wall art' or 'canvas art' and this is mostly what you will get , along with endless supplies of prints on canvas. This subject is a deep one, but suffice to say, if you can't see a biography of the artist and very clear details of the medium and other works in it's series, research further. Bricks and mortar galleries are not as common since the advent of the internet, but they do offer a clear opportunity for you to see the actual art works in person.

5.  What’s the ambience of the room in which your new art will hang? A room can have more than one area that draws one's attention. Are you looking for an art work that fits with your overall color scheme and design style?  Give some consideration to the ambience and style coherence of your living area, but keep in mind that it is easier to re-arrange room accents to compliment your favourite art artworks rather than the other way around. Modern floating frames come in a range of finishes that can help to “marry” your art works (even a variety of styles) together and with the room, floorboards, furnture etc.

6.  Color considerations. Artists sometimes display disdain or discomfort when asked for a certain colour to be included in a commissioned painting, as an artist's palette is a very personal preference. You as a collector no doubt have your own colour leanings, so it stands to reason that you may be looking for an art work that includes one or more of the colours already favoured in your home environment. Colour is very emotive so finding art works with colour palettes that draw you in is a perfectly reasonable approach.

7.  Hang your art work safely and at an optimum height.  Make sure the artwork is hung with the focal area at average eye level. If it is a heavier work, it may be worth paying a professional to install it with heavy duty attachments, rather than just banging a brass nail into the wall. There are removable reusable hooks likie 3M, available but not to be trusted completely to keep art works secure.

8.  Lighting should be complimentary.  The value of effectively lighting your art works is sometimes overlooked. Without adequate illumination, much of the impact of your art work could be lost.

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