How To Buy Your First Piece of Art

There are certain bachelor pad essentials that top the list, and a great piece of art is one of them. There’s a point when posters no longer seem appropriate, but maybe you’re not ready to invest $2,000 in a painting. Lucky for you, there are many options available online these days that will help you find that middle ground.

Buying art can be intimidating. You may think that you need millions of dollars to be a collector. Or maybe you think that you have to know the entire history of art to be a buyer. Well, this just isn’t the case. So drop all of your preconceived notions about buying art and read on to find out how you can purchase your very own piece of unique artwork to dress up your walls.

Learn the basics. First you need to familiarize yourself with some basic information about art and collecting. There are a number of online and print publications that will help you educate yourself. Art In America is a monthly magazine that concentrates on the contemporary art scene. It’s worth purchasing a subscription to acquaint yourself with the current art world trends and movements. There are also a few websites that are worth bookmarking:

Art:21 Blog [ ],

New York Times art and design section [ ]

Contemporary Art Daily [ ].


Establish your preferred style. Do you gravitate toward modern oil paintings? Or perhaps you have a penchant for portrait photography? The best way to figure out what you like is to spend some time admiring all types of art and see which you are most drawn to. Head to the nearest art museum and devote some time to just looking. Reflect on what sort of style speaks to you, and also what medium; for example, an abstract oil painting will have a very different feel than a photorealistic watercolor painting. Once you have narrowed down the style and medium that you’re attracted to, try to pinpoint exactly what it is that interests you in a particular piece. That is another factor that may help you identify prospective artists.

Set a budget and stick to it. Generate your budget first, and then work to find pieces within that range. Otherwise, it may be tempting to spend more than you should. It is also wise to start with relatively inexpensive art until you are fully in tune with your own taste. There’s no sense in dropping $800 on a piece of modern sculpture if you’re going to decide that traditional oil paintings work better in your bachelor pad after 3 months of owning the piece.

Now start searching. Once you’ve ascertained your style and budget, it’s time to start actively looking for art. The hardest part is knowing where to look – so we’ve made it easy on you. Here are five sites to try:


  1. makes buying art easy with multiple search options and a very large selection.
  2. offers limited edition prints at an affordable price.
  3. has a large inventory with many different ways to search.
  4. collaborates with museums and galleries to find the best art from around the world. They have a large database to fit any budget.
  5. sells emerging and mid-level art, and buyers can try out the artwork for a week to ensure that they are happy with their purchase.


There is one crucial rule when narrowing down potential options - trust your taste. Buy what you love. Pay attention to your subconscious, because it’s probably trying to tell you something. In addition, it is always important to consider where you’ll display your art collection. Ideally, the style you pick will complement your existing bachelor pad furniture and fit in nicely with your décor.

Do your research. Once you’ve found a couple of pieces that you love, get personal. Learn about the artists behind the work that you love. Many artists have blogs, Twitter accounts, Facebook pages and mailing lists that will help keep you informed about their new work as well as upcoming shows. And when those shows happen, make a point to attend them. The artist will be flattered that you follow him or her, and you can get to know the person behind the piece of artwork you might soon buy.

Artwork is an essential part of any bachelor pad layout, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You just have to know where to look, and how to begin. Hopefully these tips have provided you with the information and confidence to go out and buy the perfect piece of art for your home.