"You don’t have to know anything about art to love it!" and other "Basic Truths" about buying art.

Updated: Jan 20, 2019

So, you've found something you absolutely love - your heart takes a leap, but...then your brain starts fighting your heart. Is it considered good art? Will it work in the___room? Will my significant other approve? What will my friends think? Will I love it tomorrow? Can I afford it?

And the conversation continues like this until your brain wins out over your heart. But, you don't have to let it win, for when it comes to art, shouldn't emotions rule? That said, let's look rationally at some of the above issues:

  • Is it considered good art? It is if you love it. Basic Truth #1: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are so many reasons for that leap of your heart - A reminder of someone, or something from your youth? Whimsy to make you smile? Or simply the colors?

  • Will it work in the ____ room? It will if you love it. Basic Truth #2: Good art doesn't have to match your sofa. Try placing it in an unexpected way - it'll double your joy.

  • Will my significant other approve? Yes, if you love it. Basic Truth #3: ""As long as you love it, honey." And, it's a designer trick after 30 days we come to accept something new in our surrounding.

  • What will my friends think? If you love it, does it matter? Basic Truth #4: It never matters what others think - you're the one living with your cherished piece of art.

  • Will I love it tomorrow? If you really love it, you will. Basic Truth #5: Only a fool never changes his/her mind. Art lovers can change out their art as often as they please, even changing back again, just as they do other decor in their living spaces.

  • Can I afford it? Yes, if you really love it. - Basic Truth #6: Where there's a will, there's a way. Galleries are very committed to helping you buy what you love - through layaway plans, payment plans, acceptance of charge cards, and issuing gift certificates. Often artists are willing to consider discounts, as they love for you to have what you love. Don't be afraid to ask.

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