For me as a customer (but also a lover of art) I simply buy what I like. Never have I looked at something and even slightly thought ‘this won’t go with the walls’ because that’s not what art is for in my opinion.
All of the artwork in my house is original and every wall is covered…I picked up a lot of paintings when travelling in South East Asia years ago and it’s only grown since then…and to be honest, if I don’t have any room left on the walls (which I don’t) I’ll still just buy what I like even if it means it will be standing against the wall for a while.
Nothing in my house matches anything else, but it means all my artwork fits, it’s all there for a reason. I love it!!
I have never thrown any art out, but that’s because I love everything I buy. I will always be able to find room! But if I really did need to get rid of a piece, then I guess I would see if anyone I knew wanted it first, then if not I’d take it to a charity shop.
I don’t think this is how everyone thinks though. My mum is one of these people, who when redecorating the living room for example she will go to Next, Wilko’s or similar and will purchase mass produced “art” because it will go with her new colour scheme in the room…not realising that a lot of handmade art is often just as inexpensive and a lot more thought has gone into it.
But then…a lot of people simply don’t realise the work that goes into a piece of art…they can’t see the difference between a canvas of a flower in Next and an original oil painting.
But totally agree with Heidi…my mum for one is scared of anything that will stand out and bring a bit of contrast to a room…unless she’s seen the same layout in B&Q…
I may be quite biased…but art should be purchased and hung because it’s admired for whatever reason, for simply what it looks like, the content, for the work that has gone into it etc…not for it being a suitable colour to go with a sofa and a wall.