A picture, an artistic photograph or even an odd sculpture can really transform the interior of your home or office. What matters is selecting an authentic piece that has sufficient artistic value and the gives your space a bit of oomph.
You may think that it’s impossible to work on home décor improvements while Singapore’s Covid-19 circuit breaker measures are in place. This isn’t really the case.
Equipped with a computer, a smartphone and reliable internet access, you can accomplish a whole lot to take your interior design concept to the next level.
Decide What You’re Looking for in Advance
Before attempting to source artwork online, you should do some research about the possibilities.
A painting isn’t the only choice. Even if you go for a painting, what style would you be looking for? Impressionism? Cubism? Modernism? Do a bit of work in and research the options to determine which one you’re drawn to the most.
Social media can help you get inspired, so do begin your art quest there. Pinterest boards that focus on art, for example, give you a beautiful catalogue to explore. Numerous people who are avid art fans curate their customised boards and if you follow them, you’ll learn a lot more about the specific kinds of art you enjoy.
If you feel a bit confused about choosing the artistic style that matches your home or office in terms of interior design, having a consultation with a professional could be beneficial.
The Home Guide team is available on WhatsApp to remotely address your inquiries. You can also reach us by using the Contact Us information on our website. This way, we can give you some suggestions while adhering to the circuit breaker measures and helping fight off the Covid-19 pandemic.
How to Buy Authentic Artwork from Your Home
Now is the time to help local artists and galleries. As economic uncertainty is likely to affect the entire world in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, every dollar you spend will count.
While choosing art is a really personal experience and viewing the piece itself before buying is usually recommended, you can still make an excellent selection online.
The Artling is one of the most renowned online art galleries in Singapore that gives local creators an opportunity to display their work and find buyers. If you purchase a piece of art from this gallery, you will get a certificate of authenticity and secure shipping to your doorstep.
All of the artwork is insured, so you can rest assured that all possible delivery and shipping scenarios will be accounted for.
Some types of art you can acquire via this gallery include paintings, prints, photography, illustrations, sculptures, sketches and even unique artisan design items. Art consultancy is also available if you don’t know where to get started.
Society6 is also worth paying attention to. The online gallery represents independent artists from many parts of the world, including local talents. There’s a great diversity of choices – from affordable artwork to some outstanding pieces.
Décor items are also available for purchase and you’ll get your hands on some of the finest works of local artisans.
Society6 offers online delivery and if you’re not happy with what you get, you can request a full refund within 60 days of purchasing.
A couple of other online galleries worth checking out include Exquisite Art, Yang Gallery and even Etsy. If you want to favour the work of Singaporean artists on Etsy, you can do a basic search to filter out the options you’re not interested in.
A Few Additional Tips and Suggestions
There are two important practical considerations to go through before starting your online shopping experience.
For a start, decide on a budget.
Art is a general term. You can easily find prints and pictures for a couple of bucks. Classics go up to the million-dollar range. Setting your budget before getting started will allow you to stay within your means and limit down the number of pieces you’re going to examine.
The second important consideration is the available space.
How big of an art piece can you accommodate in your home or office?
If you live in a small flat, putting a massive canvas on the wall will only make the room feel cramped. Art needs space to “breathe” and you should definitely choose dimensions that are in scale with the overall size of the property.
A final important thing to do is forget what the critics say.
Yes, there are artists and artworks that have received universal recognition and praise. These pieces, however, may be too far out of what you’d consider beautiful and attractive. If a piece of art does not “speak” to you, look for an alternative. If you’re not buying art as a piece of investment, you need something that you’ll enjoy looking at day after day.
Art is subjective and what works for one person is not necessarily going to appeal to someone else. Trust your gut, even if you’ve never bought art before. The fact that you’re not educated on painting styles, the history of the Renaissance or modern art doesn’t mean you should refrain from relying on your own judgment.
You have to be in love with a piece of art before you consider buying it. You don’t need to be a connoisseur to do that. So do take your time and use all of the online resources at your disposal. The more you examine different opportunities, the easier it will become for you to pinpoint the ones that you can see hanging on the wall.