The ultimate guide to buying your first art.
You have finally moved into your new home and you are slowly getting through the mountains of boxes that need unpacking. It feels like it is all coming together, except it still doesn’t speak your style. Does this sound like you?
Me too, well it used to be how I felt. One thing I do know from past experience is that as soon as I hung my art on the walls it really did start to portray my personality.
So where do you start? Most of the pictures from your old place may feel outdated and you’ve realised that you have changed so much over the years and the art that was previously on show doesn’t really resonate with you any more.
In this ultimate guide, I will go through the steps that you can follow in order to create your perfect home and breathe some life into that new home.
1/ CHOOSE YOUR ROOM
- It makes sense to choose just one room at a time and the great thing is, is that you can use this guide over and over for all the other rooms in your home. For the sake of this article, I will use the example of the Living room if and when needed, as this is the room that most people want to get right first when they move into their new home.
2/ DO YOUR RESEARCH
- This stage is a must as you will need to get an idea of what your tastes are and what is available to you from whatever channels you choose to buy from.
- Get snapping on your mobile phone while you are out and about. Take pictures of things that make you smile and what you love to look at. Later on, when you look through your images you will start to notice a theme emerging. I did this when I was researching what art to buy for my living room and found that beautiful landscapes and seascapes seemed to be what I was drawn to.
- Reading other art blogs can give you some inspiration. Not all art is outrageously expensive and you can stumble upon new artists within your price range.
- Pinterest is a great way to find inspiration. You can create a wish-list board to come back to at a later date when you are collecting all your research together.
- Have a look on the high street while you are shopping (don’t forget to take photos of the pictures that grab your attention as I suggested previously).Have a look online in places like Etsy, Ebay, Shopify etc.
3/ MOOD BOARDS
- Creating a mood board of all the photos you have taken and having them in front of you will give you a good sense of the sort of art that you are drawn to. You can add other information like:
- Colour swatches or colour cards that you get from decorating shops will help you when deciding which art to buy. If you have a colour scheme in mind you can either find the art in complementary colours or for that extra character you can add contrasting colours to the scheme.
- Swatches of material that you will be using in the specific room’s furnishings will also determine the type of art that would look great in your room.
- Pictures that you can cut out of design magazines with certain themes that grab your attention will also help when creating the mood board. The more information you can gather is always good.
- Maybe you have an object in the room that you want to use for the inspiration. Take a photo and add it to your mood board.
- Another great tip is to take a photo of the completed mood board with your mobile phone so that while you are out you can have it to hand when you need it.
- The size of the room will determine how big the art piece will be. If you have low ceilings and a small room then you wouldn’t want an oversized picture dominating the space. However, if this is the effect that you want then go for it. It is your room after all.
- The size of the room may determine how many pictures you can hang in there. So bear this in mind when buying.
5/ THE LOOK ON THE WALLS
- How do you want to arrange the art on the wall?
- Gallery wall
- Do you want to make a statement with a gallery wall display? Check out this blog post for how to create one
- Do you want to hang it in a symmetrical pattern, a grid pattern or a circular one?
- Gallery wall
- Whatever you decide will determine the size and styles that you will eventually hang.
I have always had fun following these steps when I have moved into a new home or just wanted wanted update the space that I live in. It really isn’t that hard and you will often find that your tastes really have changed and that it is time to invest in some new art to make the most of your surroundings.
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