The art of buy­ing art for your home

Edmonton Sun - - HOMES -

De­sign­ing a home’s in­te­rior can be fun. Whether fur­nish­ing a first apart­ment or a newly pur­chased fam­ily home, many peo­ple feel that the art they put on the walls of their homes is an ex­pres­sion of their in­di­vid­u­al­ity, and that a home isn’t truly a home un­til its in­te­rior re­flects their per­son­al­i­ties.

Fur­nish­ing a home with art can be in­tim­i­dat­ing, es­pe­cially for peo­ple do­ing so for the first time. But a few tricks of the trade can help men and women turn the in­te­ri­ors of their homes into spa­ces that re­flect who they are.

EM­BRACE YOUR PER­SONAL TASTE

Don’t hes­i­tate to dec­o­rate your walls with art you like. When buy­ing fur­ni­ture for a home, it can make sense to fol­low cer­tain rules. For ex­am­ple, par­ents of young chil­dren might want to pur­chase dark-coloured fur­nish­ings that can hide stains. But no such rules should gov­ern your choices of art­work. Art re­flects the per­son who made it, but it also re­flects the per­son who buys it, so buy­ers should em­brace their per­sonal taste when fur­nish­ing their homes with art.

SHOP AROUND

Thanks to the In­ter­net, bil­lions of pieces of art, from ta­pes­tries to pho­to­graphs to paint­ings, are at your fin­ger­tips. Com­par­i­son shop­ping can be fun and help novices dis­cover their per­sonal tastes. It also can be a great way to sup­port artists. For ex­am­ple, 90 per­cent of all im­age roy­al­ties on art pur­chased from Yourartgallery.com goes di­rectly to the artist, en­sur­ing much of buy­ers’ money is go­ing to­ward sup­port­ing the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for the art they plan to hang in their homes. That can give peo­ple a greater sense of pride in their home’s decor.

SEEK IN­SPI­RA­TION

If you’re un­fa­mil­iar with art, don’t hes­i­tate to seek in­spi­ra­tion. Art is ev­ery­where, from the ho­tels you stay in while trav­el­ing to the bill­boards you pass while driv­ing to work to the lo­cal art mu­seum near your home. If you’re un­cer­tain of what you like, make a con­certed ef­fort to rec­og­nize the art you see but may not stop to no­tice each day. As you ex­pose your­self to more and more art, you will gain a greater knowl­edge of what you like and dis­like. Use that knowl­edge to in­form your de­ci­sions when buy­ing art for your home.

SWITCH THINGS UP

Your en­tire home does not need to fol­low a theme. If your taste in art is eclec­tic, em­brace that and have dif­fer­ent rooms through­out your home re­flect your dif­fer­ent tastes. This can give each room its own unique feel and make for a colour­ful home.

The art peo­ple hang in their homes is a per­sonal choice, and the process of finding that art can be fun and eye-open­ing. (MCC)

Photo: Metro Cre­ative Con­nec­tion

A few tricks of the trade can help men and women turn the in­te­ri­ors of their homes into spa­ces that re­flect who they are.

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