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Collecting Antique Artwork

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>A house without artwork is like an outfit without jewelry… and I never leave the house without wearing a bauble or two. No matter what your style, art adds personality and character to a space – finishing an interior! If your walls are feeling bare and boring, hanging artwork will add depth, color, pattern, texture and an element of surprise, making a room anything but bland!

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It can seem daunting to start an art collection, especially with the vast array of pieces available on the market. However, you should always purchase what you love – like my client Susan’s son (tours” target=”_blank”>in a recent blog post). Start with this one rule in mind and you’ll be on the way to creating a collection of pieces that reflects your individual tastes.

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A great way to ensure that you’re investing in something that will at least retain its value is by buying antique art pieces. This doesn’t mean that they have to be outrageously expensive. Even if your budget only allows you to purchase one good piece, that is a great place to start. Establishing a collection takes time and is rarely achieved at a one-stop-shop. From antique store to auctions to flea markets, there are many avenues from which to procure artwork.

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When selecting art, you also want to be sure that it will work with your decor. Perhaps it’s the color palette that you want to coordinate. Maybe it’s the subject matter. Either way, don’t just purchase something and hope it will fit. Be mindful of the vibe you already have going at home and choose something that will mesh with that.  But don’t be afraid to take chances.  When it comes to art work and antiques, opposites attract, just like in love.  Using modern artwork alongside antique furniture pieces is a great way to achieve a chic modern relevant look. So go with your gut and trust your eye!

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When it comes to displaying art, consider a gallery wall. This can take many shapes and forms. From hanging pieces in symmetrical rows to placing them randomly on the wall, gallery walls add interest to any space. Aside from walls, try using easels to display your art. Whether it be a floor easel or table-top, there’s something about an easel that makes a piece feel special.

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The key with art is to not be intimidated! Remember it should speak to you and if you educate yourself about the pieces you’re interested in, you will know exactly what you’re purchasing. Art is fun and the process of researching, purchasing, and decorating should be fun too.

If you’d like information on how The Antiques Diva & Co can help you source antique art abroad, email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com. Through our Buying Tours or Buying Services, we’d love to help you start or expand your collection!

Artfully yours,

The Antiques Diva® 

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