The right artwork can bring a space to life but finding that perfect piece can sometimes be a challenge. Buying art can often be a significant investment (although, as we’ll show you, it doesn’t have to be!) so you want something you’re going to love as much in a decade as the day you bought it. But fear not, we’re here to help! Here are our top tips for finding the perfect artwork for you and your home.
All about you (and your space)
Ready to add artwork to your space but no idea what you want? Start with you! Think about what colours, patterns or shapes you’re naturally drawn to or already feature in your home (or your wardrobe). Also consider how and where you spend your spare time – is a Sunday morning surf your happy place or is exploring New York City or tinkering with vintage motorcycles that really floats your boat?
All of these things can help direct your search for the perfect artwork for your home. And your home itself can be a good source of inspiration. Look at what artworks already feature and think about what could complement or contrast.
Still struggling? Take some time to get some art inspiration by checking out the Art & Crafts category on Etsy, trawl Pinterest or flick through some home magazines. Take note of what artworks stand out or appeal to you – they’re hints to what might work in your own space.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that ‘art’ only means paintings. By broadening your definition, you can discover a whole host of beautiful pieces that could be perfect for you.
Of course you’ll find plenty of incredible original paintings available on Etsy. But if your budget doesn’t quite stretch that far, you don’t have to miss out – many artists sell high quality prints on their work too.
And when talking art, let’s not forget photography and poster prints and the plenitude of amazing options you can find on Etsy.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous (or looking for something a little more tactile), why not try textile artworks like woven wall hangings or embroidered pieces?
Even a well-curated collection of momentos on a hanging shelf or shadow box could be could be the artful addition you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for something truly original, why not get a piece custom made for your home? Try a custom portrait of your family or pet (or even your home!) or perhaps an artwork created using your favourite colours.
Mix it up
Already own art but think you might have fallen out of love? Try refreshing it by changing frames or trying to position it elsewhere in the house. You’ll be astounded at the impact these little changes can make. Grouping artworks together in unexpected ways can also bring them new life – have fun playing with layouts until you find just the right fit.
Trust your gut
Sometimes, you just know. You’ll see a painting, wall hanging or print that you can’t tear your eyes away from and can’t live without. So don’t.
These love at first sight pieces are the ones you’ll always find a place for in your life and home.
Ready to print art you’ll love? Explore art on Etsy here.