The discovery of the existence of the so-called Lascaux cave paintings in France in 1940 has proven that man’s need to express himself through art has long been with us since ancient times.
A passion for painting has been imprinted into the human soul even at that early stage of our development. It is therefore unsurprising that our fascination for paintings has not waned over the years.
Part of this cultural evolution includes the ever-growing demand to hang paintings on our walls as an integral part of our home decor.
If you would like to buy a painting for your living room but have never tried it before, and you have no idea where to start, consider the three basic tips below to help you make the right choice.
Identify your personal taste– Definitely, this is the most important thing you have to consider when buying a painting. You are in fact expressing yourself through the design pieces that you choose for your home.
Thus, when buying a painting, you have to choose one which is in sync with your taste. If you are the romantic, traditional type, then you may prefer paintings that adhere to the realist style. Typical examples include still life paintings, landscapes, and portraits. If you are the type who prefers modern wall art, you can opt to buy abstract paintings.
Some of these artworks come in the form of multi-set paintings that you can hang as a group to accentuate your living room.
Set your budget– In order to prevent you from making an impulsive purchase at each seemingly good buy you encounter, try to set your budget. Ask yourself if you are willing to settle for prints or the real deal. Of course, original paintings, especially those created by the “masters,” command a higher price tag.
If you want the look of a Renoir, for example, but simply cannot afford the real thing, try to look for good prints or other artists whose works match your design aesthetic but do not command a steep price. While you’re at it, now is the chance to help out a good friend or even a community artist by considering their artworks for your home décor.
Do your homework– By going online, asking around, and seeking help from experts, you increase your chance of buying the perfect painting.
In fact, by doing a bit of background research, you will be able to expand your options to help you choose from a variety of artists and styles. At the same time, doing your homework will also help you identify the best painting within your budget.
Visualize– It also helps if you have a clear vision of where you would like to hang the painting. If you have decided to buy a multi-set painting, for example, try to consider if the colors will not overpower the other elements in the room.
In the end, different homeowners prefer different looks, and what you buy for your home should be in accordance to what you really want. Through the tips above, you can now begin looking for the perfect accent for your home.