Have you resolved to add more artwork to your home in 2013? It’s an admirable resolution. Artwork adds personality to a home and reflects the homeowner’s sensibilities, style and passion. But if you haven’t yet begun an art collection, it often seems a bit intimidating to start. Luckily, we brought in an expert to help you discover the easiest way to add artwork to your home. Alexia, one of Pottery Barn’s art buyers, has provided her favorite tips and tricks on starting a collection of art.
Artwork is Personal. “It’s an expression of who you are. It gives any room a personal touch as art often evokes a memory, emotion and certainly becomes the conversation piece of any room! I think the personal connection to art is what makes it so important to invest in and collect.”
Alexia’s biggest tip. “The biggest tip is to buy what you love and art naturally finds its place in your home. It doesn’t have to be a perfect match.”
Styling several pieces or art at once. “If a customer is trying to create a gallery or themed moment, here are some great tips.”
When to decorate with calming art: “For a bedroom or living room space it’s best to decorate with calming art as those are the more peaceful rooms of the home – landscapes or images of nature work well here.
When to decorate with more frenetic art. “For the dining room or kitchen, which are usually the hub of bustle and conversation, I like to take more risks there with both color and theme – abstract art or pops of color are always fun in these rooms, as well as travel-inspired imagery.”
Why you should invest in original art. “With original art you are truly investing in something that is one of a kind, and that makes it very special. It also creates a sort of relationship between you and the artist as an artist puts so much of themselves into a piece when a buyer responds to it and purchases it that bridge is built between them. I think Stephanie’s video on original art speaks to buying art you love well, and the connection between artist and buyer is well said by Michal Venera.”
Why Alexia loves Pottery Barn’s artist partnership. “What is great about our artist partnership is that we are creating a sort of art community within our brand, providing a platform for both new and emerging artists and seasoned artists we love to share their inspiration with our customers and come together to create a really well curated collection of eclectic art for our customers. We span across multiple subject matters and mediums to hopefully provide a diverse and exciting experience!”
You can shop a selection of Pottery Barn’s current art collection, including original art from our featured artists, in the slideshow below.