The task of selecting and buying artwork can feel overwhelming. The multitude of styles, prices, trends and artists only adds to the confusion. If you're buying art to decorate your home for your own enjoyment, the criteria for finding the right piece are fewer than if you're looking to buy art as an investment that will increase in value. For this reason, you should know your goal and what you can spend before you go art shopping.
Decorative art: This kind only needs to please you. Look for art you like that fits into the decor of your home.
Investment art: If you're looking with the eye of a collector, consider purchases carefully. Do your homework, learning as much as possible about the artist and his or her potential place in the art world. But be aware that no matter how much research you do, your choices may not pan out. As far as the time frame for when a piece may increase in value, it could happen next week, after the limited edition pieces sell out, or many years from now, or possibly never.