7 Tips on Buying Art for Your Home or Office

June 16, 2015

7 Tips on Buying Art for Your Home or Office

Buying a piece of art for your home or office can sometimes feel daunting, especially with so many different types of art and mediums out there to choose from. But, buying art doesn’t have to be so labor intensive. All you need to do is follow these seven tips from Spectrum Art Gallery in Wilmington NC and you’ll be able to narrow down your selections to the pieces most likely to fit in with your home or office design aesthetic.

#1 – Get Educated

One of the most common stepping stones in buying a piece of art is filtering through all of the styles and types of art available. From sculptures to paintings and from contemporary to classical, there are dozens and dozens of different periods and styles of artwork to consider. So, your first tip is to get educated about what’s available. Take some time and visit a few different local art galleries and museums to help increase your artistic education and extend your palate.

#2 – Know Why You’re Buying Before You Buy

People buy art for a number of reasons. Some buy a piece because it moves them. Another may buy a piece simply because it fits their home’s color scheme. Others still may buy art solely for its investment potential. Deciding why you want to buy a piece of art is a crucial early step in helping ensure you’re buying the right piece for the right reason.

#3 – Set a Budget

Different works of art can range in price from affordable to off-the-charts. Therefore, before you start shopping, you need to have an idea of how much you’ll be willing to spend on a piece. Coming up with a budget will help you narrow down your choices so you can conserve your time and effort.

#4 – Talk to Other Art Collectors

There is most likely a community of art collectors near you, and they can be an invaluable resource for advice, assistance, and tips. You can find other art enthusiasts online or perusing the halls of your favorite museums and galleries. By engaging in conversations with art gallery owners, you’ll be forming relationships that will help you enter and advance through the world of art collection.

#5 – Size is Important

A painting might look stunning on display in a museum, but once you get it home, it can have a completely different look and feel. And, a lot of this has to do with buying a piece that doesn’t fit properly in the space provided. To help avoid this problem, measure the space where you want to feature a piece of art and then use that information to help you find a beautiful piece that maintains its beauty in your home or office.

#6 – Buy From a Reputable Seller

The only way to help ensure that piece you’re buying is original and legitimate is to do your research and only buy from reputable art sellers. There are a lot of reprints and imitations on the market, so protect your investment and only stick with sellers with proven track records for excellence.

#7 – Keep Track of Your Purchase

If there ever comes a time when you want to part with a piece, you will need to be able to provide a clear and traceable path from the buyer to the artist. As a result, any time you buy a piece of art, you should save and document all invoices, receipts, emails, and all other correspondence related to the purchase. Having this information is vital for valuating purposes.

Visit Spectrum Art Gallery in Wilmington NC for the Best in Local Art

If you want to discover some of the best local artists in the Wilmington area, then visit Spectrum Art Gallery in Wilmington NC. Our gallery is filled with one-of-a-kind pieces from local artists and everything is available for purchase. Commissioned pieces are also available. Simply stop in or call us today at 910-256-2323 to talk with one of our experienced art associates.

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