It’s no secret that more and more Millennials are wisely investing their hard earned dollars, especially when it comes to collecting art. They’re known to take risks, use social media as a barometer for trends, and are less interested in scouting gallery-priced art.
If you’re a Millennial, the key to collecting is to approach it with an eager creative eye. The process doesn’t have to be intimidating; in fact, it’s quite exciting and offers you the opportunity to express yourself through artwork that reflects what you love. As the years roll by, your collection will only continue to grow into a beautifully developed, valuable body of artwork.
Become your own curator with these simple tips on collecting pieces that will not only last, but become a part of your legacy!
Identify your style
Before you venture into the art buying process, it often helps to consider your fashion and decor preferences in order to create a cohesive collection. If you’re boho-chic, you might want to amass works with organic and natural themes, like our favourite cactus prints by Jane Wilder. If your style is ultra edgy, bold editorial shots are the way to go. When you know what you love, you can curate a collection that speaks to your distinct flare.
As with any important purchase, taking some time to research is essential. Look into the artists you’re interested in to ignite inspiration and gain insight into how they work. When you know more about their individual creative processes, you’ll appreciate art on a whole new level; this is what makes collecting so special and meaningful.
It’s also crucial to weigh your options and explore pieces that can increase in value over time. If budget doesn’t allow for a one-of-a-kind piece, limited-edition works are the next best thing. The beauty of this type of art is that you can get a great deal on an exclusive piece, and once it’s sold out, the value rises significantly.
Start off with one key piece
Once you’re ready to dive into the buying process, we suggest starting off with one key item, whether it be a large-scale statement piece or something more minimalist. The other wonderful thing about collecting art is that there’s no rush and fill your walls at once; build your collection slowly. The more time and consideration you dedicate, the more you’ll appreciate your treasures.
Preserve your art
An important thing to remember about collecting is that the overall goal is to keep your art intact, so that it can last for years to come–and hopefully be passed down from generation to generation! We always recommend investing in quality framing to protect your art, maintain its value and enhance the overall look. Something as simple as a standard wood frame and glass cover, with or without a mat, will do the trick!