buying tips If you are buying on a budget don't worry too much. It's your chance to buy what you really like. Don't think about the perceived investment value or if it will fill in with my other choices, if you like it, buy it!
shop around. Take your time to gain an understanding of the artwork that interests you. Start to trust your own individual taste and what you feel comfortable about spending.
new horizons. Whether it's a good book, a piece of music, or a piece of art, it's sometimes exciting to 'think outside the box.' If you like something why not take a chance..
start small. Buying small low priced pieces is a great way for beginners to test out their own tastes.
protect your artwork. Keep works out of direct sunlight and don't place your art over a radiator.
coordinate or contrast. You might think you have to blend artwork from the same period as that 50's piece of furniture you love. Wrong. A striking piece of contemporary art can look stunning next to period items.
avoid short-term trends. Don't buy artwork just to be 'of the moment'. It can be costly and you may end up with artwork that will look out of place very soon.
follow your instincts. Go to museums and galleries and see what attracts you. Then go to art markets and junk stores and try to find similar pieces.
Meet the artist. Doing so adds a personal connection to the work, talk to them about the work and ask about framing ideas.
Stay in your price range. You want to be able to look at your art and enjoy it, without worrying about how much it cost you.
In general, artwork should be hung so that the centre point of the picture is at eye level for the average person. While this won't be possible in every situation, it's a good guideline to keep in mind. Remember a grouping of pictures should be thought of as one unit.
Test an arrangement of pictures by laying everything out on a large table (or on the floor) playing with combinations until you hit upon one that works. Cut paper the same size and mark where the hanging screws are. Then tape the paper shapes to the wall and you will be able to see where to fix the hooks.
create an art shelf
Art shelves are a great way to add interest and take up very little space. Artwork can be hung on the wall over the shelf as well as set onto the shelf with other decorative objects. Opposite pictures shows two art shelves with just framed art, easy to do and it looks great.
pair up frames
Why not mix and match art with the same frames. Be creative..