The key thing to remember? Collections take time. Here, Dara Deshe Segal, founder of
Figure out what works best within your means, because let’s face it: Art can be expensive.
Some friends have an annual art budget that is essentially play money, and they choose to spend their disposable income building a collection. Others are more interested in decorating their space. You need to discover where your priorities lie, and that can help you figure out how much art you’ll actually purchase. That said, you can also find
Work to save in other areas, if creating a gallery wall is your top priority.
You could also think of it like part of a balanced diet. Take the money that you would have spent on dessert, alcohol, or bottled water, and apply that toward building your art collection.
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Don’t forget about online galleries.
We live in an amazing time where there are a ton of online art galleries that curate and introduce fantastic artists, and sell both originals and limited edition prints. Check out a few of
Remember that originals can be affordable.
Once you find an artist whose work speaks to you, I recommend searching to see if that artist has his or her own online gallery set up, and checking there for originals or additional works. Originals are often more affordable than you might think.
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We’ve also observed that decorating styles change, so picking a frame that is timeless and can work from room to room is the safest bet. It gives you flexibility in the long run. This is especially important if you’re
Keep your art pieces away from the sun.
On that note, make sure to keep your pieces away from direct sunlight or moisture, in order to prevent discoloration or moldiness. In general, we recommend hanging the work away from direct sunlight.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to match a room versus buying something that they love independently. Your piece of art should reflect who you are as a person, and that’s way more important than matching it to a space because you think it’ll look good. You won’t get the joy from your art that you should if you simply try to follow trends.
Live with it for a little bit.
If possible, see if you can “rent” a piece and let it hang in your home for a temporary period of time, so you can decide whether or not it works for you. Some galleries will allow you to install the work on consignment, so you have time to live with the work in your space.
Photographers are artists, too.
If the art you’ve seen isn’t speaking to you, maybe photos are more up your alley. Segal recommends
When merging an art collection with a
This story was originally published July 13, 2016. It has been updated with new information.
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