10 Must-Read Tips Before Buying Art for Your Home

4 min readOct 15, 2020


Ecce Homo Painting by Antonio Ciseri
Reproduction of Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri, painted by 1st Art Gallery

If you’re browsing https://www.1st-art-gallery.com/ or anywhere else, you’re probably considering a piece of art for your home. However, finding the right piece of art may seem a little intimidating. After all, everyone wants their home to look just right. With these tips, you’ll find the right piece to represent you and match the decor in no time.

1. Consider What You Like

One of the most fundamental things for an art lover to remember when they’re decorating their own home is to consider personal preference. Do they have a favorite artist, movement, or subject? If so, these are great ideas to incorporate!

There are plenty of rules about what artwork fits with what decor but an art owner should never completely throw their own preferences to the wayside.

2. Consider Something Custom

While there are plenty of masterpieces out in the world, they aren’t the only options either. Sometimes, the best way to find the perfect fit is to look into custom options. A great example of this is to get a custom painting of a cherished memory. The most common choice for this is to opt for a painting of a photograph from an event like a wedding.

3. Do Some Research

When it comes to art, there is a lot of terminology and even a lot of options as to what someone puts in their home. That’s why it’s such a good idea to take the time to do the research to understand it all. For instance, if while looking around someone sees a term they don’t understand, don’t hesitate to look it up or ask! Knowing what everything is will make a decision much easier.

4. Consider the Purpose of the Piece

One thing to consider when selecting a painting is what purpose it should serve. Is the goal to find a central focal point for the room or is the preference to use several smaller pieces on an accent wall? If it’s a focal point, for instance, it’s worth looking for a larger, more eye-catching piece that stands out from the rest of the room.

5. Think About Which Room It Will Go In

Certain pieces of art look better in some rooms than others. It can help, if a homeowner isn’t sure what piece of art to use, to consider what room that it will go in. As an example, more relaxing tones and themes are often chosen for the bedroom since it’s a place to retreat and relax.

6. Vary the Colors in a Room

Choosing a piece of art means finding a piece that fits the existing decor. However, it’s best to choose a painting that complements a large concept like wall color. If you have boldly painted walls, using paintings that are the same colors might just blend in. Instead, look into complementary colors.

If the walls are neutral colors, there’s more room to experiment. If not, try looking for art that uses some of the same colors as smaller, accent pieces in the room.

Collection of paintings with red color accent
Red Color in Famous Paintings

7. Learn About Framing

Some pieces of art need framing and, for others, it’s more optional. If there’s an option between the two, consider what looks best in the room and what style you prefer. Yet, if the painting needs a frame, consider the frame as an artistic expression of the painting.

8. Consider Placement Carefully

When deciding where painting may go in the home, it’s crucial to consider where a piece of art might go. While there are some technical placement rules, for now, it’s important to recognize placement that will put the art directly in danger. This means avoiding direct sunlight and areas where there’s a lot of moisture or dust to avoid damaging the artwork.

9. Take Careful Measurements

As a more practical tip, make sure to pay close attention to the measurement of the space in the home and the size of a piece of art. Otherwise, there’s a risk of buying art that is too small and the placement looks odd or even so large that it doesn’t fit where it’s meant to go. It’s better to start by taking measurements to choose a size based on.

10. Take Your Time

With so many options available, it can seem intimidating to choose the perfect piece for a home that not only looks great but that you love as well. As such, no one looking for a new piece of art should be afraid to take their time. There’s a lot to explore and it’s best to know all the options before making a final decision.

Paris Street — Rainy Weather Painting by Gustave Caillebotte
Reproduction of “Paris Street — Rainy Weather” by Gustave Caillebotte, painted by 1st Art Gallery


With these tips, you’ll have no problem choosing the perfect piece of art for your home! This way, you’ll have art that not only fits well into the decor but represents the homeowner as well.




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