With the arrival of spring, many of us are looking towards brighter days ahead! This mentality extends to the home, where we strive to declutter our living and working spaces or aim to include some fresh home accessories. Why not consider introducing some contemporary artwork into the fold? Here are our suggestions for buying art for your home:

1. Keep an open mind...

You might be looking to buy with a specific space in mind but it is important to keep an open mind to the rest of your home when looking at art. You could come across an artwork that suits an entirely different space, which then encourages even more decorating possibilities.

2. Trust your instincts...

Everyday we make decisions from buying a house or buying an outfit to deciding what kind of coffee to drink. Buying an artwork is a more permanent, personal experience but the end result can be far more rewarding. Remember to buy what you like and what you want to see in your home by trusting your instincts.  

3.  Talk to the consultants...

Most galleries have on-site consultants who will happily provide advice on buying and can provide more information on the artists. They are there to help and make your buying experience as smooth and seamless as possible. 

4. Mind the budget...

It is possible to brighten up your home or office in a way that doesn't break the bank. You might consider investing in an artwork by an emerging artist as opposed to an established artist. Don't forget, every artist started somewhere! Alternatively, you could purchase limited edition prints over an original piece. If you do have your eyes on a piece that falls a little outside the budget, don't be afraid to ask the gallery assistants what payment options are available.

5. Enjoy the experience... 

Most importantly, the experience of looking and buying art should be enjoyable! A gallery is not that different from a fine art museum. It offers many ways to engage with other people and the artwork itself so you can make the best choice for you. If you don't like the feel of a painting, exhibition, or gallery space don't be intimidated and move on.

Finding the right artwork that's right for you is a delicate process but not impossible. Once you buy your first piece, you'll be caught by the 'picture buying bug' and looking forward to the next addition!