As an art lover, you’ll naturally want to decorate your home with beautiful pieces that reflect your style and personality, however, this doesn’t mean that you’ll want to pay expensive prices. When it’s time to choose some new pieces for your rooms, consider keeping it affordable, with these four tips.
1 . Affordable Art Fair
The first ‘Affordable Art Fair’ took place in Battersea Park, London, in 1999. The fair offered art enthusiasts the chance to purchase thousands of original prints, photographs, paintings, and sculptures. The fair operates every year in various places around the globe from London to New York and Hong Kong. Here buyers can browse affordable artworks by a huge range of emerging and established artists. The fair has a whole lot more on offer than the art itself; you’ll find performances, workshops, and music plus a range of restaurants and bars. On the website, you’ll find information about the range of locations available, plus the opportunity to buy art online.
- Vintage Stores
Vintage stores can be a great place to find some quirky second-hand art pieces at some nice prices. Of course, it often takes a bit of browsing and visiting the same stores a few times to check if they have anything new-in. Shopping vintage is both eco-friendly and a real charming way to spend a Sunday afternoon. What’s more, in most vintage stores, it’s not unreasonable to try and haggle the prices down (if you’re brave enough)! Finding art for the home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg; you just have to be willing to spend a little time seeking out the right places.
- Get Creative
Now, a bit of a cheat here, when you can’t find an affordable piece of artwork, why not try making something yourself. Before you worry that you can’t draw or paint, most of us are pretty handy at taking a decent picture on an iPhone. All you need to do is choose one of your favourite scenery pictures (be it from a holiday trip, or a picturesque scene from your town). Nature pictures always look great, whether boats, oceans, forests, etc. As long as the picture is high resolution enough, you can take it to a print shop and have it blown up onto a large canvas for a decent price.
- Etsy Marketplace
Etsy is an online marketplace where creative types can sign up and sell their homemade items; from clothing to jewellery and artwork, there’s a huge range to be found at some really great prices. You can browse by whichever category of art you’d like from drawings to pottery, book-sculptures, paintings -you name it. Many established artists launch their careers via a small shop on Etsy, so there’s a lot of talent there. Get inspired, plus support someone on their side-hustle art journey. You might even fancy setting up a shop and sharing some of your own photography?
Choosing new art is the ideal opportunity to give your home a revamp, ensure to declutter your rooms to make the most of the available space. Give everything a lick of paint and make room for some comfy winter accessories.