As a photographer, I sometimes get invited to be part of the process of decorating a client’s home or office. There are so many options, sizes and materials for decorating their space with meaningful art that may fit their unique style. I am always full of ideas and love to help where I can, but there is one thing about decorating that I want to share with anyone who reads my blog: always, always use original art.
There’s a point in life where anyone outgrows the mass produced, big (Swedish?) box store “art” you see everywhere. I have this pet peeve about people using anything other than original art to decorate their personal space. I am so tired of entering homes that all look the same. It is a rare thing that someone walks me into a room and I am impressed by seeing a piece of original art that has come from a local artist.
I have a met a few good artist friends at art events who are spending their lives creating beautiful and unique pieces of original art that they are trying to sell to the public. I want to see them succeed, which is why I am committed to seeing people use original art pieces everywhere I go. The uniqueness and quality of original art will truly make your walls smile and make your decor original.
Another reason people need to consider decorating with original art is to support your local economy. I know one too many “struggling” artist. Often desperate to make a living doing what they love, they undervalue their work to the point of giving it away for free. How great would it be if people would take them seriously and would support them by putting their orignial art in their homes? Not only would our homes look better and be filled with unique original art, but our local artists would be able to thrive doing what they love. The term “struggling artist” doesn’t exist in my vocabulary.
So the next time you are looking to decorate your home or office, look no further than to finding a unique piece of original art for your space. You will be glad you did.