Buying Art to Decorate: Shame, Guilt and Settling for Less

Sometimes interior designers acquire art for decorative purposes only. The project often provokes negative remarks like:So, you are buying art to match the sofa, ha? As a result, designers often feel guilty about spending a lot of money on original art. Instead, they turn to decorative items, posters, and other bland and cheap options, that can cover the wall without breaking the budget. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Original art always differs from a purely decorative object. Even when purchased as a decorative piece, an artwork still retains other qualities that allow it to convey values and meanings, that span beyond its surface.


Art can Reflect Client’s Wholistic Personality

Although interior designers ponder a lot about visual alignment with the rest of the space, it is never the main motivation for selecting an artwork. Interior designers and art consultants always try to source a great piece within the budget, which will also visually be resonating with the client's aesthetic taste. They spend hours and hours studying clients' temperaments, their stories, their tastes, to pick art that will appeal to their preferences and personality. Going for bland, decorative items, doesn’t speak highly about the client's aesthetics. In fact, more often than not, decorative objects don’t say anything at all. They are unable to communicate a message, make a statement, convey emotions or even draw attention to themselves.

But, going for a high-quality piece can turn a room into a mirror image of its owner. By portraying the owners’ holistic personality, an interior designer can create a place clients will enjoy, a place where they will truly feel at home. And it shouldn’t be too hard for an interior designer to pull it off. People’s tastes are consistent. They like the same things in art, furniture, fashion, accessories… Clients’ bold and untamed spirit will be reflected in both the art they like and their design preferences. So will their calm and uplifting personality. Only by bringing together all elements of the space you can satisfy the clients’ needs.  


The Right Artwork can Raise the Value of a Home

It’s not a secret that art can create the impression of a more valuable home. Apart from embellishing a space, art can add character, color, and rhythm to the interior. Real estate agents agree that art can help you get a better price on a property, but you’ll have a hard time achieving that with an offset poster that doesn’t speak to the buyers. Original art, on the other hand, makes a house feel like home, evokes emotions and makes a place more appealing to buyers.

But even if you are not planning to sell a property, exceptional art can provide added value to your everyday life. Art has a therapeutic effect and can help a person relax and improve his or her mental health. And if you get sick and tired of art and stop noticing it, you can always rotate some artworks around the place, which will enable you to see them in a new light.


Buying Art to Decorate: Shame, Guilt and Settling for Less

the Interior can Also Accentuate the Quality of Art

Many people believe that great art simply doesn’t belong in a residency. They believe that outstanding art pieces belong in art venues, where they will be kept in supreme conditions and appreciated by thousands (or even millions). It’s true that art has to have the right surroundings to shine, including enough space, appropriate lighting and perfect conservation conditions (temperature, humidity...). But you can create a perfect environment for art in your home as well.

Interior designers know where to place an artwork, how to set the light and juxtapose art with other elements to make the most of a piece. A textile artwork, for example, can look more at home in a cozy apartment than in a fine art gallery. Placing sculptures under or around lamps can ensure proper lighting. Appropriate lighting, well-thought-through arrangement, patterns and contrasting color schemes can make the artwork look better at home, than in a formal art institution. Just like a gemstone needs a well-designed frame to become a ring or a necklace, art needs a well-designed home to truly stand out.


Turn Clients into Passionate Art Collectors

Not everyone is a natural-born collector. For some people, artworks chosen to ornament their homes, might be their first connection with art. However, once art gets into their lives, it becomes addictive and drives them to explore more with time. Many people, who start buying art to decorate, continue to buy art for pleasure and eventually become avid art enthusiasts. After all, regardless of the reasons for buying art (for investment, interior or as a gift...) everyone who purchases an original artwork is contributing to the development of artists’ careers and the art market as a whole.


Don’t Hesitate to Bring Original Art into your Home

There’s no shame in buying original art for decorative purposes only. Just because the pieces meant to “hang above the sofa”, it doesn’t mean you should settle for a computer-generated abstract print. Opting for an original art piece, will come with many perks and benefits that will eventually, improve your life, your wellbeing and make your home a more pleasant place to live. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Interior designers and art advisers often get discounts from galleries that enable them to find art that fits the budget.

That’s why, when you decide to buy art to decorate your home, instead of settling for something affordable and unobtrusive, buy original art pieces that will tell people something about who you are, what you like and give your signature-mark to the room.


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