Epic Western #4 by Jim Krantz

Photography can be one of the most affordable and wonderful ways of incorporating art into your home. From landscape, portrait, animals, cities, conceptual art, etc., you will find a great variety of themes to choose from.

It is always said that appreciation of art is very subjective. As the expression goes: “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. However, it’s one thing to like an artwork, but another to want to hang it on the wall of your home!

What is the line that separates liking from wanting? What should you pay attention to when thinking of buying art for your home? Are there any rules? Can this be subject to an analytical approach?

I would like to share with you five things I think you should do or advise your client to do that will help you to get more clarity on this. However, I would not describe them as “rules”; they are more of a guide to getting it right.

Thing Language by Paul Bloodgood

Choosing art for your home could be overwhelming. Choosing a theme to work with can make it easier, bringing the additional benefit that it could lead you to develop your own collection. For example, you could decide to collect works of key artists per movement, country, style, etc.

1. Identify your needs

Ask yourself questions: why do I want to have art at home? What is important to me? What do I like? What am I drawn to? How much am I prepared to spend on it?

Answering these questions will give you the right frame within which you can start your search.

The Space In Between by Rod McIntosh

Abstract paintings are very popular because their message tends to be neutral, therefore attracting a broader audience. They are concerned with colour, composition and beauty.

2. Choose what you like

This should be a must for all art buyers. It does not matter if you are choosing it yourself or if you are being helped by a gallery owner, art dealer or interior designer.

The beauty of art is that it should nurture you every day of your life: nurture your eyes, your soul or your intellect. In some cases, works of art can satisfy all of these needs at the same time!

3. Understanding the art work

Artworks talk! Sometimes they yell at you, sometimes they whisper. Being aware of their ‘voice’ is extremely important when thinking where to place it.

It’s not about the size of a piece, it’s about its expressiveness. There is no rule about this. It’s about your ability and disposition to listen to what it says.

Quai Montebello by Sarah Richards

When you’re buying artwork, you need to keep in mind where you want to place it. For example, if the space you have in mind is above a door, as the height of the room is generous, choosing artwork like this painting cannot be a good idea, as you won’t be able to appreciate its detail. The distance between the artwork and your eyes always needs to be taken into consideration because, at the end of the day, art has to be enjoyed.

4. Be aware of the space

Where you are going to place an artwork is key: which wall? what are the dimensions of the room? what artworks will be its neighbours?

The work needs to feel right and comfortable in the room.

Red by Kaoru Arima

There are some paintings that are very strong visually, either because of the use of colour or the theme. When this happens, they need space around them so they can ‘breathe’. It is not about their size, it is about the power that emanates from them. This kind of artwork can be very attractive if you want fewer pieces with maximum impact.

5. Size isn’t everything

There are occasions when the dimensions of the artwork are unimportant, as the power of its presence and influence are immense. When this happens, a relatively small piece can breathe comfortably on a big wall or, by being the only piece in the room, it still works beautifully.

So, how do you recognise which artwork is the one for you?

This is the part when the circle gets closed! It is subjective. Ultimately, it will depend on your sensibility and how “good” your “eye” is. Developing a “good eye” will have to be the subject of another blog!

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