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We’ve all been there: we look again at something in our house and ask: is this still me? Every few years we recommend taking inventory in the things in our lives and deciding whether or not they should be updated and upgraded.
For the new home buyer, moving into your new home is the perfect time to decide what should be left in the past and donated and what should be kept. But how do you know what object and artwork will look good together in your new home? Two objects may be great separately, but together they clash and take away from the other.
There are really only two reasons to buy art for yourself: because you like it, and as an investment. We think that even the casual art investor should buy art they like– because if you can’t resell it at a higher price, at least you will still have a painting, photograph, or sculpture you enjoy.
The type of art you like will depend on the stage in your life, and each communicates something different about you to those that visit you in your home. It may be important to you to make sure what you think you are communicating to guests is what you actually are communicating to guests. Think of the young teenager with a sports illustrated model on his bedroom wall. I won’t have a girlfriend this decade. Or the college student with “The Flying Spagetti Monster” poster.
Consider Hiring an Interior Designer
For the new home buyer, it’s important to keep the tone consistent at least within each room. This means using colors, patterns, and themes within each room that are consistent or complementary. Including the color tones and feelings in the artwork. Hiring a good local interior decorator can pay off many times over– in time, and in not having to go back and buy furniture a second time, or redecorate a year or two from now.
Some of the improvements interior designer Jessica Becker made to a house in Westerly, RI:
Interior Designer at Jessica Becker Designs & proprietor of the Duck and Bunny Jessica Becker offers four tips on choosing artwork in your home:
When choosing artwork for your house art is art and doesn’t necessarily have to “match” your decor. Sometimes a modern piece juxtaposed with a traditional room makes the artwork that much more stunning.
- Be a grown up- unless they’re vintage, try to avoid putting posters of artwork on your walls. Plenty of local, up and coming artists are looking to sell their pieces at reasonable prices. Many have numbered prints made that don’t cost what an original would but its still better than a poster.
- If that’s still not affordable, blow up some of your own photography- this makes for nice personal pieces. They can be framed or blown up on canvas easily. A number of smaller photos in similar style frames can create a nice gallery wall.
- Mix it up- a combination of art, photography, mirrors and wall sculpture keep a room interesting.
Four of my current favorite artists are featured below– whose prints are currently affordable, and available online:
1. Rich Pelligrino
Warwick, Rhode Island’s own painter of fictional and popular characters. His illustrations include movie and TV show characters, and musicians. Some of our favorites include Gene Wilder’s Willie Wonka, Heisenberg (from Breaking Bad), and “The Boy Must Live,” (From the cult sci-fi TV show Fringe).
2. Eric White
White’s work is inspired by the imagery of hollywood and advertising, but rather than fitting nicely in the “pop art” genre he takes these themes and melts them into dream-like and abstract compositions.
Culture critic Carlo McCormick writes:
“For all its passages of radical distortion, poly-perverse morphism, and darkly subversive portraiture, Eric White’s art is essentially grounded deeply in the recognizable world. […] Obsessively crafted in a digital age of endlessly reproductive domains, an unself-conscious idiosyncrasy of our rampant interconnectivity, Eric White paints for the global village idiot that is all of us today. […] Inasmuch as White takes his cues from pre-war Hollywood’s idealization of women to paint his ‘perfect female as quasi-religious icon,’ he maintains a fluid discursive relationship with time itself, arguing that if, by our attention spans, a half century constitutes ancient history, it is in fact only a blink in the eye of time. But he does something far more profound than confronting the relativity of time. What White is really after is a way to disassemble the false architecture of the self” (McCormick 13,15).
Carlo McCormick. (2003) IT FEEDS ITSELF, Last Gasp Of San Francisco
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
3. Sarolta Ban
Sarolta Ban is a digital photographer and artist in Budapest, Hungary. Her surrealistic compositions are square, and tending towards a black and white color scheme. I’ve featured her before on my web site Surrealism Today and am always struck by the elegance of her work and the serene and quiet tone of the work. Although the images are tonally dark the content is not emotionally dark, rather it is more contemplative and gives me a Buddhist or Taoist feeling.
Your home is an extension of yourself. You get to choose what you want in your space and it can be as creative as you can make it. It’s your place to show off, and it’s a reflection of yourself.There is no shortage of talented artists whose prints are available at a reasonable price, and no excuse for the new home owner to have first-class art and photography in his or her home.
4. Leif Podhajsky
Leif Podhajsky is an Australian graphic designer and artist living in London. He is well-known for his album artwork with artists including Tame Impala, Foals, The Vines, Lykke Li, Gypsy & The Cat, and Bonobo.
His work is often abstracted photographs such as landscapes, maps or people that that are harmonious and strange, as if he was working with the images more like music than a visual artist. Still, the work is edgy and does not fall into the trap of a timid abstract painting for a bank or corporate office.