It’s important to love the art that you have on your walls – you’ll see it every day, after all. Make sure you choose a piece that elicits a reaction: whether that is inspirational, thought-provoking or a smile. Colour can have a huge impact on our wellbeing, so choosing art that makes us feel good on the inside – as well as something that looks great on our walls – can be a good place to start.
When you’re choosing a piece of art, or the artist and their style, make sure you consider where the work will actually hang. The room features, colour scheme, and function are all important contributing factors to what the new addition to your art collection will look and feel like. The art that you hang in the kitchen will be very different to the art in your bedroom.
Knowing more about the background of the artist and where their influence comes from will increase your enjoyment of the piece that you’re adding to your art collection. It also means that when someone compliments the piece, you’ll be able to add some interesting context. To find out more about our UK artists, you can visit the artists’ page for an introduction.
Scarcity increases value and means you won’t walk into your best friend’s house and find they have the same piece. (Remember that photograph of builders sitting on a beam high above New York that every house had from Ikea in the 90s?!). If the piece of art you are considering is a limited edition, then check the number of prints created; again, the fewer the better. Many of the art prints we stock are limited edition or choose an original painting.
If your piece doesn’t come framed, ensure you spend time choosing a complementary frame and mount. There are online stores where you can buy custom frames at an attractive price, or take your art to your local framing shop where the experts will be able to advise what frame and mount combination will look most elegant.