Tips for Choosing Art (paintings)

1.  Choose Art that You Love -   It may or may not be an investment, but if you are to enjoy it on your wall every day, prioritise a work that you connect with and take pleasure in.

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. Which items of furniture are close to the wall should influence your choices 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 that 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. Alwasy ask for details of the medium.

4. Buy from reputable sources and know what you are getting - In this day and age Asian 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.


5.  What’s the flavour 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


6.  Color considerations. Artists often display disdain or discomfort when asked for a certain colour to be included in a commissioned painting, as an artist's palette is a 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.


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 in a brass nail into the wall. There are removable reusable hooks available but not to be trusted 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 may be lost.

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