6 Tips to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse (When Purchasing Art)

6 Tips to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse (When Purchasing Art)

6 tips to avoid buyers remorse when investing in artwork….


1. Ask for a superimposed image of the piece on your wall

Technology can be your best friend! Your artist will most likely have an app for doing a mock up of their work in different settings, and most have the option to upload a photo of your own wall to see it in your home before you commit! It makes it so much easier to imagine how it will work with your own space so that you don’t get it home and it’s too big/small/bright/muted etc!


2. Chat with the artist before you buy 

Artists put a whole dollop of themselves into their creations, and you want to make sure that the energy the artist offers is something that aligns with yourself! Artwork is there to make your home an extension of you, and buying art from someone who later on you realise is really not your cup of tea, is a sure fire way of realising that you hate the artwork. Drop into their DMs, send them an email, call their work number (absolutely not their personal number). They will be more than happy to chat when they have time.

Please note, if the artist is established, then you may end up speaking to their team who will advise you of the next gallery showing etc. Don’t be offended if they can’t speak straight away


3. View the piece in person

This may not always be possible if you’re looking at a piece on the other side of the world, but if you live close by, request to do a studio visit or meet at the gallery/fair/exhibition. If you can shop local, great! If not, ask the artist for a video call to view the size and details before you ship it thousands of Ks.


4. Consider your budget 

Depending on the stage of life that you’re at, you want to make sure that you’re not overstretching yourself to buy artwork. Getting caught up in marketing hype when there is a launch, only to realise you’re eating 2 minute noodles for the rest of the month and struggling to deal with financial emergencies (they always have a way of cropping up when you’ve blown your budget) isn’t a wise decision. You’ll resent the artwork and possibly the artist for making you feel like you had to make the purchase on impulse.

Budget is tight? Consider a small print or original rather than the boojiest one that’s been released.

You’re doing well for yourself, your disposable income is healthy and your standards are higher? You may wish that you just bit the bullet and purchased the next size up/gone for the original so that it holds its value for years to come and is more of a statement.

Only you know the answer for how much value you’re getting from the piece, and remember value DOES NOT equal cost.


5. Follow your heart, not trends

An artist may be the next Picasso, but if you hate their style then what’s the point? There are probably the most artists in history that you can choose from that are in the amateur, emerging and established stages in their career who have a style that is right up your alley. Remember, unless you’re a curator at a museum, you don’t need to bet on the next big thing. If an artist is pursuing their career and continuing to paint, the artwork will go up in value regardless of whether they are the latest fad.

If something is blowing up on TikTok, the likelihood is that hundreds of other artists will mimic the work and it will eventually be one of thousands of pieces just like it.


6. Get a custom piece 

Like an artists work but can’t find the perfect piece to elevate your home? Ask them to create a piece just for you! That way you can specify the exact subject matter, colour scheme, size and style that you’re after. Most artists will do a mock up before the actual piece to make sure that your visions are aligned and you’ll get that personal touch. I mean how much more satisfying is it to say to your friends that no one else in the world is going to have the same piece as you?!


Want to chat about a custom piece? Let me know! Email danielleoreilly91@gmail.com or use the chat icon in the bottom right corner xx

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