If there’s one thing that finishes off a home, it’s artworks. While you may not look at a photo or painting every day, they’re important to the overall vibe of your home and contribute to your décor. Here’s how to pick beautiful artwork for your home that’ll be passed down the generations.
Work with an art specialist
Don’t know where to begin? Working with specialist art dealers is usually a good way to start investing in art. You tell them what you like, or the kind of look you’re trying to achieve, and they can suggest what’ll work for your home. The Lyons Gallery in Sydney have a team of experts who can help you select fine art for your home, or simply for an investment, with a wide selection of artists and styles.
Find art that’s timeless
Like many types of décor, art can look dated over time, and although it sometimes comes back into fashion, you won’t want something that has started to look out of style on your walls.
There are a few ways to choose art that’ll stand the test of time:
- Opt for artworks from decades gone by, as they’ll already be classics
- Avoid anything too gimmicky or on-trend, as this will date faster
- Simple, stylish artworks are likely to age better
- Don’t pick oversized pieces unless they truly fit the space
Art dealers are often good at choosing pieces that’ll age well and increase in value, so again, it’s worth making an appointment with an expert to get you started.
Pick styles that suit your home
Think about the space in which the artwork will be displayed. If you have a traditional home with lots of period features, something ultra-modern may not work. If you’re building your own home in a contemporary style, you’ll find newer artists might suit the space better than old oil paintings. Colour is important too. While you don’t have to go too matchy, you ultimately don’t want a piece of art that’ll clash horribly with the walls.
Your budget should be set early on
It’s very easy to get carried away with fine art. It’s addictive! But you need to make sure you’re setting a budget and not overpaying for pieces. You also need to factor in the cost of importing artworks, as expensive works of art can attract high custom duties. Once you have a budget in mind, you’ll find it much easier to shop and to haggle to get the price you want. Dealers work with people on all sorts of budgets, so don’t be afraid to state it early on.
The right art can make a home. Newlyweds and people moving into their own home for the first time will often buy art, as it’s the sort of thing that’ll stay with them for life. But you don’t need any excuse to buy fine art. All you need is a place to hang it so it can be appreciated. Why not choose the perfect piece for your home?