Buying Artwork to Decorate Your New Home

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Tips for Buying Artwork for Your Home

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You've spent so much time and money buying the perfect home and filling it with furniture to make it functional. But it's still missing that personal touch. After you're settled in, it's time to add creative decor, like artwork, to fill up the blank walls. Buy a few pieces of artwork that are within your budget, or get creative and make your own!

Buying artwork

Creating the perfect design for each room of your home can be overwhelming. After your stressful move, the last thing you want is more stress. Go into it with a plan, and you will have an easier time finding the right artwork and decor for you.

Choose the most important and visible walls of your home. You don't need to hang something on every wall of your home. Draw attention to the focal points of your rooms. Mirror the shape of the wall with the shape of the art. A long skinny wall needs a long skinny piece. Don't be afraid to use the whole wall. You might think it can't handle a big piece of art when it can.

Decide what you want to buy. Do you want to buy something because you love it or do you want to buy something that is an investment?  There are different types of art purchases depending on what you're looking for. If you're buying something purely because you love it, make sure you have a place to put it and you can afford it. If you want to buy something and let it accrue value, make sure to research the artist's work. A work on canvas is usually worth more than a work on paper and a one-of-a-kind piece is more valuable than an edition of a series.

Shop within your budget.
Figure out what you can afford and for higher end works, expect to spend a little bit more, then shop with that number in mind. Sometimes reproductions, whether famous or not, can be very overpriced. For lower budgets, look in discount home goods stores like Marshall's for mass-produced canvas or photo prints that are marked-down from their furniture store prices. Go to consignment shops and vintage stores. Sometimes you'll be able to find great art pieces that someone has gotten rid of, but if not, you could still walk away with beautiful picture frames for a fraction of the retail price. Higher budgets have more freedom. Visit an artist's studio and buy directly from them. If you're buying an original for the value to re-sell later, make sure to keep all correspondence connecting you with the artist.

Creating your own masterpiece

If DIY is more your style, you can make your own art to adorn the walls of your home. This can range from paintings to collages, the possibilities are endless. Just keep an open mind and decorating your home will be a breeze.

Paint your own canvas. Not everyone considers his or herself an artist. But even if you aren't the next Monet, use masking tape and vibrant colors to make a geometric and abstract painting.  The beauty of doing it yourself is that you'll be able to find a work in the exact colors and style you're looking for.

Blow up Instagram photos. There are many online photo to canvas websites where you can just upload your favorite photo, do a little editing, and then order a canvas in a variety of sizes, perfect for any size or shape wall in your home.

Use fabric or wallpaper. Wrap fabric around a rectangular piece of Styrofoam or wood and staple it in the back, or stick wall paper to the wood and hang it on the wall. It puts a three-dimensional twist on wall paper and is much easier to take down when you don't want it anymore. 

Make string art. Did you ever make shapes on one of these in school? Now you can turn the same concept into beautiful art for your home. Simply stick linoleum nails into a painted cork board in any shape you want and wrap stings around the nails and across the wood until the shape is filled in. It an easy and fun way to add a pop of color and a conversation piece to a room.

What ideas do you have to add personal touches to your new home? Let us know in the comments!

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on July 11, 2016

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