How to Buy a Piece of Art for Your Home

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Artwork can do a lot for your home. It can pull together a room’s theme or aesthetic, serve as a conversation-starter, or even help personalize a space that just needs a little extra pizzazz. 

But picking out the right art for the job? Well, that can be a little overwhelming for most people — especially if you’ve never done it before.

Not sure where to start your art search or how to find the perfect piece for your space? These six tips can help:

Go into it with an open mind.

Don’t go art shopping with a checklist and strict guidelines to abide by. Let the art speak to you. What moves you? What makes you feel good? What would you want to wake up to each morning to, year after year? Buy art that you connect with — not art that meets some pre-conceived notions or tick-list.

Look both online and off.

You can buy art virtually anywhere, so don’t feel limited to shopping only designated art galleries or photo studios in your area. Check out local flea markets and estate sales, head to sites like Artspace, Artsy, and Minted, and look into current-day artists’ personal collections, too. There are hundreds of places you can find art, so get creative and search around.

Don’t feel the need to overspend.

Art doesn’t need to be expensive to make an impact. It also doesn’t need to be an original or one-of-a-kind. Consider prints and re-issues, and don’t be afraid to head to Etsy for printable downloads you can frame yourself. As long as it speaks to you and your aesthetic, there’s no wrong answer.

Mix it up.

Art is more than just watercolor paintings. Try to get a mix of pieces — photos, mixed media, acrylic, and more. You can even just frame your favorite quotes, wedding vows, or important dates, too. It adds visual interest and looks great in a gallery wall.

Stick to a loose color scheme.

You don’t need to go into your art search with hard-and-fast requirements, but a loose color palette can be a helpful guide. You can pick a range of hues and colors you want to focus on or even just one single color you want to be incorporated in some form or fashion. Either way, it can help ensure you’re getting a piece that pulls together your home’s design and aesthetic.

Consider a commission.

Finally, if you’re really looking for something personal and one-of-a-kind, then consider a commission. Find an artist online or locally, and see if they can create you a custom piece of art depicting your family, pets, home, or a special place or moment in your lives. It can be a great way to personalize your space and can even serve as an heirloom you can hand down to later generations.

Need help with that art budget?

Looking to up your art game at home but need cash to do it? Refinancing your mortgage may be able to help. Get in touch with Embrace Home Loans today to discuss your options.


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Aly Yale

Aly J. Yale is a freelance writer focusing on real estate, mortgage, and the housing market. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Bankrate, The Motley Fool, Business Insider, The Balance, and more. Prior to freelancing, she served as an editor and reporter for The Dallas Morning News. She graduated from Texas Christian University's Bob Schieffer College of Communication with a major in radio-TV-film and news-editorial journalism. Connect with her at or on Twitter at @AlyJwriter.