Art Gallery

how to select art

Welcome again, fellow chromonaut!  Are you ready to begin your journey into a life of color?  I'm here with some easy-to-use pointers on how to achieve your ultimate style and expression of yourself.  Are you ready?


The second most important determining factor in your art choice will be budget. Believe it or not, art does not have to be expensive! In fact, it is often the cheaper, quirkier pieces that get the most attention. Plus, it makes for a great story.


Here are some of my favorite low budget finds:










Each piece cost LESS THAN $100 and some were FREE! I won't go into the story for each, but these pieces have become some of my favorites. My rule of thumb for inexpensive art is this: if it speaks to you and it is less $100, buy it.


Since I'm giving the advice here (and you are reading my blog), I will also say this is where you can go a little more quirky. Don't be afraid to buy "ugly" things. I like to mix a little weird with the beautiful. That's what gives the room depth. And let's just be honest -- between me and you -- it makes you look cooler. If you just have pretty flowers and women and people everywhere, your aesthetic will look like you're too eager-to-please and cloying. Make your interior look like the cast of a Quentin Tarantino great film full of interesting characters and faces.


Generally prints and painted portraits tend to be cheaper, so start there. Also, word to the wise: stay away from prints of paintings. If you want to buy a print, stick with photographs, drawings, and posters. These things are typically mass produced and will not lose any of its weight or impact if it happens to be a print. And absolutely, under no circumstances, should you ever buy a print of the Mona Lisa or any other famous art piece.



Just a step above the bargain-priced art would be the mid-range priced art. These are typically the pieces that are $250 to just below the top of your budget for decor (whatever that might be).


You're probably saying to yourself "but Melanie that sounds expensive!" And if it is, you can skip to the next part which is my advice for "Big Budget Art" or just stick with the $100 budget. I wholeheartedly believe that interior design does not require you to empty your bank account. I am an interior stylist and of course my interiors will have a mixture of high and low budget art. If you choose to stick with the low budget art, there are plenty of ways to zhuzh it up with wallpaper, paint, cool vintage furniture, etc.


That being said and for the sake of argument, I'm going to pretend you have a good budget for art. The mid-range pieces tend to be more pulled together and planned. A good collection will consist of the following pieces


1) figurative

2) photo-realistic

3) photography

4) portrait

5) abstract

6) drawing


Based on my own searches, here are a LOT of examples of art in this price range:













Soooo many choices!!





On the other end of the spectrum are the big budget art pieces. You will need to really think carefully about these. My advice to anyone willing to invest in art is to purchase anything with a resale value --- and of course find it at a bargain!






I purchased this Popular neon sign for the bargain price of $4500 (not including shipping). I am telling you this price as a reference for your own search and to know how much something like this costs. Now I did another search before I bought and found out other signs like this went for $10K+. So now this sign really does seem like a bargain!!


The normal home decorator doing this on their own would not make such a purchase unless they want to be featured in publications or grow their social media. However, it bears repeating that art is definitely worth the investment if you have the means to do so. Also, you must LOVE it before even weighing in its resale value. This particular neon sign spoke to me on so many different levels.


So there you have it! Throw in another search filter on your search and proceed to the next step: developing your eye for good art.