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Establish the size of the piece and what you can afford.

  • Consider the size of the room in which you are going to hang your piece. On a large wall, you can get away with a larger piece with more impact. A smaller space requires less impact and may be better suited for something smaller or even a triptych.
  • Decide on your budget. Artwork is best purchased if you can afford one of two things: It is either very inexpensive or it is something you have loved for some time and know you will love forever (because if it is expensive, that means it's probably not something you'll want to change out every year).

    Seek suggestions from your family members, friends or coworkers.

    A good way to get a recommendation is to ask as many people as possible. If you're looking for a recommendation, don't be afraid to ask your family, friends or coworkers. Don't forget about your boss, clients or customers and certainly don't leave out your suppliers!

    If you are fortunate enough to have the money to buy art, then there are many options available to you. You can buy it from an artist directly or from an auction house, online retailer or gallery. In this article we will look at some of the different ways that you can go about purchasing art and what each of them entails.

    Consider the color schemes in your room.

    The colors of your art piece should either coordinate the color schemes in the room or contrast them. If you want to tie everything together, opt for a piece that has colors similar to those already on your walls and flooring. For instance, if you have lots of green decor in the room, consider a painting with a variety of green shades.

    If you are looking for more contrast, select an artwork that has complementary colors. For example, if your living room is predominantly blue and yellow-based on your furniture and decor items, choose a painting with orange hues to complement these two colors.

    Seek suggestions about design from an interior designer or decorator.

    Seek suggestions about design from an interior designer or decorator. Invest in art that you enjoy and will want to look at for years to come. Don't try to purchase paintings that you think will be worth a great deal of money in the future.

    Consider whether you'd like to have an original work of art or a print from a local artist.

    You may wish to consider whether you'd like to have an original work of art or a print from a local artist. Prints are reproductions of original works of art and can be in the form of lithographs, serigraphs, woodcuts, or other types of printmaking. Most prints bear the artist's name on the front and indicate whether it is a lithograph (Ltd. Ed.), serigraph (S/N), woodcut (W/C) et al., as well as an edition number indicating its place in a limited series (out of 150 for example). The artist may also sign the print in pencil at the bottom right corner, indicating that this is an original representation of them.

    Get creative on where you display your art pieces.

    Displaying art isn’t limited to the walls of your home. Consider giving some thought to where you place your art pieces so they’ll be unexpected and interactive. For example, you can hang a piece over a doorway, or you can use it to divide a room, such as hanging a mirror across an open space in the living room. You could also hang pieces down the length of a hallway. If you have bold art that’s eye-catching, but also not necessarily traditionally “decorative,” it might look great in an unexpected place like the kitchen or bathroom.

    There are many things to consider when shopping for art

    • Expect your search to take a while. It's likely you won't find the perfect piece on your first trip. Accept that it may take time and be flexible.
    • Art is a uniquely personal thing, so don't stress if you can't find something you love right away.
    • Don't be afraid to spend a little more for the right piece, as this will save money in the long run rather than buying something of inferior quality or lacking emotional resonance.

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