Beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to buying art. Many people say they don't have art on their walls because they don't know what they like. If this sounds like you, try visiting art museums in your area or go while on vacation to get access to a wide range of artist's works. Doing your research might expose you to a type of art you've never seen before or an artist you really love.
How much you want to spend is also up to you and your budget. If you have a large budget you may want to buy original paintings in oil or watercolors. A tiny budget might mean you buy a reproduction of a favorite painting or the work of a less known artist. For example, I LOVE Modigliani’s portraits and nudes, but with my budget I can’t afford the real deal, so it’s reproductions for me. It gives me a chance to enjoy his work on a daily basis, without being fearful of an art heist or house fire. I’ll leave the originals to the care of the museums!
Think of buying art as you would an area rug. You can buy an antique rug for thousands of dollars or a newer rug with a similar pattern for a few hundred dollars. Auctions and online resources can be good ideas for buying art. There are online websites, like Etsy.com where you can buy original art for as low as $25. If you are spending significant money on a piece of art or a rug, make sure you are buying it from a reputable source.
Decide if you are buying for decoration or investment. Set a budge like you would with any home decoration project. Buy only what you LOVE and will enjoy on your walls every day. These simple rules will have you decorating your walls with art in no time.