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How to Buy Art

Need artwork for your home but don’t know where to start? These guidelines will help.


  • Step 1: Buy what you love If you see something you love, buy it; don’t worry about whether it goes with your color scheme. You can always repaint a room -- or even just one wall -- to complement the piece.
  • Step 2: Mix and match eras Don't be restricted by your home decor. There's no rule that says you can’t put modern art in a traditional setting, or vice versa.
  • Step 3: Pick up colors If you're looking to buy art for a particular room, choose 1 or 2 dominating colors from the space and find a piece that includes or complements those colors.
  • Step 4: Take size into account Keep proportion in mind when you buy art for a particular spot. A small painting, for example, looks out of place on a big wall.
  • TIP: Before you buy art, measure the space you plan to put it in.
  • Step 5: Consider mood Consider the mood you want to create when you buy art. Symmetrical lines calm the eye; asymmetrical lines convey movement. Green, blue, and pink are soothing; red and orange are energizing.
  • TIP: Don’t put a predominantly red picture in the kitchen if you’re on a diet; red is known for stimulating appetite!
  • Step 6: Don’t buy as an investment Don’t buy art just because someone says it’s a good investment; there’s no way of knowing if it will increase in value. If you’re going to spend a lot of money, make sure it’s on a piece you really love.
  • FACT: A painting Picasso made in 1 day sold for $106.5 million at a 2010 auction.

You Will Need

  • Passion
  • Tape measure

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