Prints of Monet and Van Gogh are all well and good, and there’s nothing wrong with opting for classics. After all, there are millennia of amazing art to choose from. Why not pick something that’s stood the test of time?
The answer? You want something new and unique.
There are incredible contemporary artists creating new and exciting work every day. And if you know where to look, you can find styles that are perfect for you and your home. You even have a shot at getting originals, which give a whole different experience than any mechanical reproduction. Plus they add a richer, more luxurious feel to an interior.
The trick is knowing where to look. For art that will make you (and your house guests) think wow!, here are the best places to start.
Chances are there are professional artists in your own community. If you’re in or near a metropolitan area, there are definitely artists around, and probably no shortage of galleries, either.
So do some hunting and support the artists in your city and region. If you’re proud of where you live, find an artist who captures that pride in a way that speaks to you. Plus, staying local or regional means you’re likely to find art that fits perfectly with your region’s architecture, home styles, and culture.
Art festivals are one of the most fun ways to find new art and to meet incredible artists. From photography to painting to textiles to sculpture, you’ll find a whole range of choices in a fun, vibrant atmosphere.
They’re also great places to collect business cards for artists you want to remember for later. You never know when you’ll want to redecorate, and it’s a good idea to keep a list on hand of artists you know you like whose work might be just the thing you need.
There’s nothing like that special piece you find in your travels. Whether you’re staying stateside or going international, there’s no better souvenir than something that will beautify your home for years to come and keep those amazing memories from getting tucked away and forgotten.
Statement pieces aren’t the only way to go, though. A collection of smaller pieces from different places, or even works from different artists in the same city or country, will make a gorgeous and unique gallery wall.
Of course, you don’t have to travel at all to get stunning art from anywhere in the country or even the globe. Not only do most professionals have their own websites, but online platforms for artists and artisans can connect you with works you never would have come across otherwise.
Etsy and Pinterest are great places to start looking. There are also sites that specialize in selling handmade art from different regions and countries.
So do some browsing in the comfort of your own home and see what you can find! You can search by location, by style, by medium. There’s almost no limit to what’s out there.