Five Tips for Buying Art

By Ginny Lassiter

1. First and foremost, buy what you love. Your art should evoke an emotional response. Maybe it’s a memory of a special time or person. Choose colors that you’re drawn to. Ideally, the piece you love will be an original, but, that being said, if you are crazy about a piece, but the original is no long available, go ahead and buy the reproduction. You’ll never regret buying art that you love! And you’ll always find a place for it in your home!

2. Don’t go overboard with matching to your furniture. What’s important is that when you walk into a room, it feels good. Every piece doesn’t have to match. It’s more about reflecting your family’s personality. You can always add a throw pillow to tie things together. Matchy matchy is way overrated.

3. Make yourself think outside the box. If you have a traditional home and lean toward traditional art, add an abstract to the mix. It adds depth and interest to a room. Also, use some three-dimensional pieces. A piece of pottery or art glass can make the transition between abstract and traditional seamless. And remember, items that you decorate with can come from unexpected places – your garage, flea markets, garden shops, etc. Consider using an item in a way it was not originally intended.

4. Make sure your frames work with both the art piece and your home. The frame on a painting, photo or heirloom must certainly provide protection for the piece, but its visual function is to make it stand out from the wall and at the same time support your room’s “personality.” The frames in your room should coordinate with each other, but not match exactly. Also, it’s perfectly acceptable to have both framed and unframed canvas (gallery wrap) pieces in the same space.

5. Don’t forget the three-dimensional art. It adds another element to your space and allows you to include interesting textures. This means you’ll be able to showcase that special collection of baskets or face jugs or decanters that you love so much. Display them as a group.

Ginny Lassiter, owner of Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, North Carolina, is an artist herself, but also serves as a creative consultant. She has a relaxed style and believes art buying should be fun, not intimidating. Contact her at Sunset River Marketplace – call 910-575-5999 or visit www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com

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  • Ginny LassiterGinny Lassiter, owner of Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, North Carolina, is an artist herself, but also serves as a creative consultant. She has a relaxed style and believes art buying should be fun, not intimidating. Contact her at Sunset River Marketplace - call 910-575-5999 or visit www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

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