You’ve purchased a new home or condo, have moved in and now it’s time to decorate! It’s an exciting time and there is a lot to consider when choosing art for your space.
1) Art can be appreciated in many forms including paintings, prints, posters, photography, sculptures, tapestries, maps and your children’s artwork.
2) Consider your budget. Do you want to invest in a valuable original art piece that may continue to appreciate in value over time? Or, would you be satisfied with a print of a masterpiece or a vintage poster of a favourite film? Remember, framing can be pricey!
3) Visit some galleries to discover the style of art you enjoy. The key is to choose what you love, what moves you, inspires you and brings you enjoyment when you gaze at the piece.
4) Choose a piece that sets the mood for each room. You may want a playful abstract for a child’s room or a beautiful landscape oil painting for over a fireplace in the living room.
5) Be a little daring. If you’ve chosen neutral colours for your walls and floors go bold on your walls and express yourself with colours, content and different textures.
6) Try to meet the artist to learn about them, their style and techniques and what motivated their creation that you may be considering. I believe knowing at little bit about the artist brings more meaning to each chosen piece.
7) A great place to meet artists in Toronto is at the Artist Project which is taking place April 13th-16th at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place.
I’ve curated a little bit of everything in my home from vintage movie posters to whimsical oils and prints to abstract art to original landscape oils. Bottom line - choose art that brings joy.