Last week I installed some artwork in one of my clients homes, we literally had every piece picked out and purchased in 1 hour….10 pieces!!! 10 pieces that she loves and that work so well in her newly furnished house.
Let me also say this….we were NOT looking to curate a collection original artwork, and there’s nothing wrong with that if that’s your goal. We however, were on a mission to find some beautiful pieces to complete and add the final layer to her rooms.
We did have our color palette in mind but we had no idea of what type or images we wanted.
We did go to one showroom that had hundreds of framed pieces of art ready to purchase off the walls. You could easily visit several of your favorite retail shops or you could even do this online.
Some great places to buy art are Home Goods, Z Gallerie, Ethan Allen, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Target, Anthropologie.
Online you can look at Etsy, Ballard Designs, Home Decorators Collection, Williams-Sonoma, Restoration Hardware, Art.com, Grandinroad, Lamps Plus.
The list goes on and on….where do you like to shop for artwork??? Online or in a Store???
So here’s what we did….and what you can do to make finding and purchasing artwork for your home soooooooo much easier!
#1 – PLAN IT
Before we even got in the car to go to the store, we knew the following 3 things:
- What areas we needed art for (living room, kitchen, dining room and basement)
- What size we needed (we took measurements and had them down on paper)
- What colors we wanted to use (we wanted to keep with neutrals)
We’ve all heard this right???? Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail. In this case it is soooooo true! Make sure you have what you need before you head out. It will make your life so much easier, promise!
Here’s what my measurement sheet looked like….simple right! Bring a tape measure and camera/ iPhone to take any photos and measurements you might need as well.
We also brought ALL of our fabrics and paint colors…..DO NOT forget these. It is so critical. So many of the pieces that we thought were perfect were completely the wrong neutral color.
I did this last week while out shopping with my mom. We weren’t planning to buy art for her room so we didn’t have any of her colors with us. We found the perfect little piece, well it looked so dang perfect in the store. When she got it home is was completely the wrong color!!! True story =)
Here are all of my clients fabrics and colors…..we took them all with us shopping!
#2 – BUY IT
So one you have your plan now it’s off to the store. We literally walked around with our fabrics and colors in our hands holding them up to different pieces. We could tell right away if something worked or not, we could SEE IT. We didn’t have to guess. It was obvious, not only to me but also to my client.
If the color was right and we liked the image, we checked the size against our dimension sheet. Easy breezy!
The metal finishes in her house are all silvers so we looked for artwork with silver frames or white because her trim was white.
We also mixed up the “type” of artwork a bit. We didn’t want them all looking the same….one pieces had a really glossy finish, one set had a matte finish and some were under glass. I think this is key…..mix it up so it gives the illusion that they were collected over time, when in fact we bought them all within one hour =)
Here are some of the pieces we saw at the store:
We are putting 4 of these framed agate slices in her dining room!
#3 – HANG IT
This is the fun part after all of the hard work is done!! You get to take them all home and hang in place. Although, if the pieces are really big and heavy, you can hire someone else to pick them all up, deliver and install everything. All you have to do is direct the process and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Here are some progress shots of the artwork we chose getting ready to be hung. We placed everything and then had the installers hang it.
This is where 4 framed agate slices are going….we just had to have them reframed so stay tuned. I think they’ll look great!
What do you think??? How do you like to shop for artwork…..what are some of your favorite tips or places to shop?? I would LOVE to know. Send me an email, post in the comments or let me know on Facebook. I’m always looking for new places to shop or new tips!!
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