Have you ever thought about buying an original piece of art but hesitated? We understand how intimidating buying art can be, especially when it’s new to you.
Don’t let the fear of buyer’s remorse stop you from buying art. You don’t have to spend a fortune to surround yourself with beautiful paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Art improves your environment and your spirits.
Here are 5 reasons you should buy art. So, next time you see a piece you love, buy it! You’ll improve your life and the life of the artist. Why buy art? Why not!
Art Makes You Happy!
The top reason to buy art is that you love the piece and the emotions it provokes. Did you know that viewing art releases dopamine? That’s the same chemical associated with romantic love. When you love a piece of art, you are truly in love.
It may be the mood the piece evokes or a memory it brings to the surface. Maybe you just like the shapes, colors, or images. No matter the reason if you love it – you should buy it. Don’t live with the regret of unrequited love, buy the art you love.
It Enhances Your Unique Environment
Art is a part of any well-appointed home. Designers incorporate art to set moods or provide a pop of color. The colors, patterns, and designs in the artwork are the finishing touches to any room. Art can complement or contrast with furniture, fixtures, and textiles.
Interior designers and decorators agree every room needs a focal point. Art creates a natural focal point. Art can set the color palette for the entire room. Select accents that use the shades and tones from your art. Coordinate with contrasting colors. When you buy art as décor, it informs the rest of the room design. Why buy art? Because art is beautiful and rooms without art are boring and one-dimensional!
Art is a source of inspiration for the viewer. Gazing at a piece of art evokes emotions and can spark memories. Art reminds us of man’s ability to create something meaningful from seemingly nothing. That thought is inspirational. In a world filled with limits, art reminds us of the boundless freedom of the artistic spirit that lives in us all. Whether you create art or enjoy the art of others, you’ll find inspiration in art.
Original art doesn’t necessarily cost more than the mass-produced items you find at Ikea and Home Goods. But it is much more meaningful. And buying art is inspirational for the artist as well. That’s especially true when you buy art from local artists. Whether you place your beloved piece in your home or office, it is sure to spark conversation and this builds further interest in the artist. When you purchase art, you validate the artist, and this validation inspires the artist to create more.
Many people buy art to add to their collections. So why collect art? When you buy art as a collector, you are part of a community of art appreciators. The community may be built around an artist, style, medium, or genre.
Art collectors preserve history and pass on great art so that isn’t lost to the ages. The pieces they add to their collection all tell a story. It may be of the search for the piece, how they felt the first time they saw the piece, or even how the acquisition felt. Ask any collector about any part of their collection and be prepared to hear a fabulous story!
And don’t think collecting art requires a big bank account. Original pieces from local artists and galleries can be quite affordable. And don’t forget to consider signed and numbered artist prints. They cost less than originals but will always be more valuable than mass-produced pieces from the big box home decor store.
Buying Art as an Investment
As your art prowess and your collection grows, you may turn to art as an investment vehicle. Instead of making a purchase for aesthetic or emotional reasons, some people buy art solely for its intrinsic value. Unlike other investments that are subject to market volatility, art tends to increase in value slowly over time.
Art is absolutely not a liquid investment, but if you are looking to diversify your portfolio, consider investing in art.
Investing in art requires careful research and the counsel of a successful advisor. Just as you rely on the counsel of experts for your stock and bond portfolio, you should rely on the expertise of an advisor well-versed in art investment.
Investment-grade art may be available in your own community. Established and mid-career artists are certainly less risky than investing in an up-and-coming artist, but the price per piece may be higher.