Whether you’re a new home-owner embarking on a redecorating project, or just looking to freshen up a dull or tired space, one of the best ways to establish the personality of a room is by decorating the walls with art!
Most furniture stores sell wall decorations, and it may be easy to pick up a few character pieces from large retailers like Ikea, but what are you really getting at these stores?
Mass produced prints have just never appealed to me.
In order to be easily produced in large quantities, the quality of prints and reproductions suffer. There are no affordable technologies that can layer oil paints in a beautifully textured, delicate way upon the canvas. For this reason, prints and other reproductions will be made using less expensive materials, creating a much ‘flatter’ look than original fine art. Original fine art is hand-crafted by an artist, ensuring a finer, more carefully perfected quality.
To create a really beautiful & unique focal point, and complement your own style of interior design I’ve always gone for original one-off pieces of art.
I could never part with these pieces, they all have such meaning and memories to me – I have original artwork all over my home from a variety of different artists in different styles.
What is “Original Art”?
Original art, or original fine art, isn’t “original” just because it’s creative—it’s original because it’s one-of-a-kind. Its opposite is a reproduction: a print or even a poster, manufactured in larger quantities by a machine. Original art is typically far more expensive than reproductions.
A secret about buying art that many don’t know is that you don’t need to be a millionaire to afford original, high-quality artwork… There’s lots of affordable original art out there! What’s more you will be supporting someone’s dream when you buy a piece of their art, you will own something else no one else will have another of and what’s more art often does go up in value as some artists become more popular and well-known as their careers develop over time….
Benefits of Buying Original Art
And what’s the point of buying artwork for your living space if it doesn’t look great? Original artwork is hand-produced, and every colour is specifically chosen and hand-applied. Mass-produced reproductions use commercial inks instead of oil or acrylic paints, and they are printed by machines. Sometimes, your mass-produced artwork will look pixelated or digitally rendered when you look closely at it. Originals never have that risk, and even the most amateur art lover can tell the difference between an original artwork and a store-bought décor item.
A one-of-a-kind artwork will make your space your own. How often have you noticed the same Ikea artwork in several friends’ living rooms? Even if the artwork isn’t by a well-known artist, the originality of the piece evokes more of a sense of wealth and personality into your living space.
Original artworks have depth – literally. Whether gallery wrapped around stretcher bars or framed for protection, an original artwork will actually pop off the walls. Simply put, this depth will always fill a room more powerfully than a flat poster against a wall.
There’s not much conversation value in “Oh, I bought this from [any major retailer]. However, when you buy original art, it’s often an adventure. Many times you may meet the artist in person, hear their story behind the artwork, and understand the feeling behind it. Or you might have seen it in an art gallery on a vacation. Because the process of buying original artwork is so different from buying mass-produced consumer artwork, you can usually expect to have a great story to tell at the end of it. Not only can these stories impress your guests, but they’ll also help forge deeper personal connections between you and the artwork you buy.
The Emotional Element
The higher quality looks, the originality, the depth, and the story behind the original artwork all add up to help create a strong emotional connection to the original artwork you end up buying. The sheer fact that original artwork can often cost more money means that you wouldn’t end up buying it unless you already felt a connection and attraction to this artwork. However, if you buy original art, you can ensure that your collection is made up of only the worthiest of pieces, and not impulse buys that cost little but waste your wall space with cheap designs that don’t truly ‘speak’ to you.
The great thing about buying artwork is that it can often appreciate in value. Unlike furniture or pottery statement pieces, artwork typically does not lose its value for having been pre-owned. Instead, if you invest smart, your artwork may be worth more after years hanging in your living room than it was worth when you first bought it.
So when is it beneficial to buy art reproductions?
- When you’re decorating on a budget – one or two original artworks can add a lot of character to a room, but you might have a lot of empty wall space you need to fill. For these areas, a tasteful poster or print could do wonders.
- If there is a famous piece of art that inspires you – A poster reproduction of a Gustav Klimt painting may inspire you whenever you view it, and this is a valuable trait for a piece of artwork to have.
- For temporary spaces, like cubicles or dorm rooms – Sometimes, the effort of finding the right piece and hanging it can be too much, especially if you don’t plan on spending much time in that space. Posters and decorative art are great for these settings.
- For any messy area that would be too hazardous to place original works – Original artwork can be fragile. If there is a room in your home that experiences very high humidity, or has dirtier air (dust accumulation or tobacco smoke), you can decorate these areas with less expensive, printed artwork.
- For children’s bedrooms – Children are constantly growing up and changing their preferences. A less-expensive print, poster, or decorative piece can add character to their room without breaking the bank every time your child decides to ‘remake’ themselves.