Avoid Expensive Art Regrets with These Tips

Avoid expensive art regrets & mistakes with these tips by Picket&Rail.

The big blank wall in your new home is haunting you. There are various ways to fill up an empty canvas - do you buy a singular, prominent painting, or purchase a placeholder that can be changed every few months, or create a mixed media gallery wall? Indecision causes procrastination, and perhaps after shopping around for quite a bit, you can't seem to commit to anything.

We have a few tips on how you can alleviate your art shopping frustrations to approach blank walls with confidence. No more second-guessing!


How to start art shopping?

Set a budget and follow it. No need to shop for the most expensive art for the best, there are affordable options and one-of-a-kind pieces to select from Singapore's widest range of framed licensed prints.

The myth that art and prints are out of the masses' reach is quite outdated, evident by the growing independent artists and communities locally, and corporations offering artist residencies in their business model.

How to set a style?

Spending some time at art galleries and exhibitions are great jumping-off points. Alternatively, build a collage based on images that strikes your eye on Instagram, Pinterest, or on any corner of the internet, and trace the patterns or colours you are drawn to. 

To buy artwork that ties in accent colours in your decor, create a colour palette using free tools and shortlist pieces for a super practical purchase.

Where are some key placements where art works well in a home?

Larger or investment pieces have the best effect in social rooms like a living room or a dining room. These are places where one spends a lot of time, and  your guests can also get to appreciate it. Why not share a good thing?

Which pieces should be placed on their own or as part of a gallery?

Scale is the important metric to look out for. Smaller photos and artworks work the best for galleries to showcase a smorgasbord of colours, styles, and quirky frames. Place these galleries in your entryway or guest bedroom to add a charming quality and freshness to the space.

How to determine the right size and height placement for art?

Eye-level height cannot go wrong, or read this article for more in-depth tips. 

For art sizes, it depends if a piece is featured above furniture. Follow the rule of thumb by selecting an artwork that is 2/3rds of the length of the furniture for best visual proportions and symmetry. 

What are some other rules for buying and hanging art, and which rules should be broken sometimes?

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, and for adventurous creatives, some rules are made to be broken. For beginner art collectors, we always recommend making safe, pragmatic choices for your interiors to avoid any regrets.