Make Your Home a Reflection of You, With Art

 

If you’re an inveterate watcher of decorating shows (and reader of decorating blogs), the use of art in interior design will be familiar.

What often isn’t noted is that unlike furniture or lighting, art can serve many other purposes: For the collector, art may be an investment; the traveler sees local art as a souvenir of his or her travels, and many people find they can see the world in a new way through artists’ eyes. In short, that picture on the wall is more than a spot of color to balance out your room, it’s a very personal way of making a statement.

You’ve heard people say, “I don’t know anything about art, but I know what I like?” Some art experts may cringe at this statement, but in a nutshell, this is what art is all about. You buy what you like because, well, why would you want to hang something on your walls that you don’t like?

Over the years, your taste in art may change. If you have a nearby public art gallery, you may want to find out if they have a picture rental program. This will give you an opportunity to try out a variety of original art pieces without making a permanent commitment; if you don’t like it, you can always return it.

Local galleries and art festivals can be a great way to expose yourself to art. Local artists may paint familiar local subjects – things you and your family may know and love. And don’t limit yourself to paintings; there are any number of other art forms, including numbered original prints, sculpture, textile art, collage, and drawings, to name just a few. It’s nice to know you don’t have to be an art critic to use it in your home. Really, you just have to know what you like.