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5 Tips for Buying Original Art for Your Home

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As the Santa Fe art season kicks off this month, it’s an ideal time to think about adding art to your home. We asked Bonnie French, gallery director of Waxlander Gallery in Santa Fe, to share her best tips for buying original art

tips for buying original art

Q: What’s the most important thing to keep in mind when shopping for art?

A: Waxlander‘s owner Phyllis Kapp has a saying: “You should love the artwork you are putting on your walls. There is enough sadness in the world without having to look at something sad every day.”

Q: What’s the steadfast rule when it comes to mixing different types of artwork?

A: The rule is that there are no rules. You can mix artwork that is different and it can look great. Again, it should be artwork you love and want to look at every day.

Q: Can people on a budget add art to their home?

A: Absolutely. Most galleries have payment plans to fit your budget — you just have to ask.

Q: How can you keep an already decorated room feeling fresh?

A: Rotate, rotate, rotate. There is a fallacy that if you own a piece, it needs to always be on display. Rotating your artwork keeps things fresh. You can move artwork around or even store it.

Q: What advice do you give to first-time art buyers?

A: It is better to buy original artwork on a payment plan than it is to get a print of original artwork and pay less. Resale shouldn’t be your main consideration when buying art, but an original is more likely to go up in value than a print.

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