Your home is your castle regardless of size. How do you embellish it?
We may have different opinions about how to embellish a home. A very common way is to plant a garden. Keeping curb appeal in mind you’ve chosen flowering bushes that add colour and are a reflection of your personality. You may have added a water feature such as lily pond or a cascading water fountain. This has become your joyful retreat. How do you bring that feeling of joy inside your “castle”?
It is said that a painter is a “choreographer of space.” These choreographed spaces are paintings large or small. You too can be the master planner for your space. Just add artwork! Art is really jewelry for your walls. Your choices speak about who you are.
There are many ways of buying art for your home. You may dream of buying art in far away places, such as a market in Istanbul, in a small hidden gallery of the Trastevere in Rome or at the fabled Place du Tertre in Montmartre, Paris. Yes, those would be fabulous places to shop for art.
Being realistic though, that may not be possible or affordable for most. Where do you start?
Some people may go to a big box store (IKEA or Walmart) store and spend $50-100 on a large framed print without giving it much thought. It fits the purpose of decorating a wall.They are happy with that. But what if you want more? Here are a few suggestions that will not fail you.
- Determine how much you want to spend on fine art per year per room.
- Decide what fits your particular style and decor.
- Are you looking for original art, master copies or limited edition prints?
Buy local. Why? By buying localyou will be supporting the arts and future generations of painters.
Commission an artist to create something special, unique for you. Try a diptych or triptych. Do you know what they are? Ask the artist to explain these formats to you. You’ve taken beautiful photos, turn them into a fine painting. It will remind you of a special occasion/milestone in your life. Once you start, you’ll love it!
What about giving the gift of art? Some of us received our first oil painting when we were young children. It was a small piece that started us on a lifelong pursuit of art. Imagine starting a grandchild, niece or a graduate on the path of art. It will definitely mark a before and after in their life.
Some small paintings are similar in price to a fancy bouquet of flowers, but those only last a few days. Offer a floral painting instead. If you’re looking for a special gift card, consider commissioning a piece from a struggling artist. Remember that some of those great masters who today we line up for hours at a museum entrance to appreciate, they too were“starving artists” at one time.
Flowers while beautiful will wilt and die. Chocolate, though delicious, goes to your hips! Paintings last for decades and can be passed down from generation to generation.
Fine art is truly the gift that keeps on giving.