If you are looking to invigorate your interiors, but the thought of purchasing a piece of art brings you (and your wallet) out in an anxious sweat, then we sympathise. Condescending gallerists, eye-watering price tags and the suspicion that the ‘hidden themes’ of the piece have been largely invented, all make for an intimidating investment.
Fortunately, you don’t need to break the bank to add a conversation starting piece to your interiors. Digital reproductions might be frowned upon in certain art circles, but they are a great way to incorporate a splash of colour, an abstract painting, or even an Old Master to your collection — all without breaking the bank.
If you’re looking to choose a print, but feel a little overwhelmed by the choice available, then don’t fear. We have curated a failsafe guide to purchasing the right piece for your interior, no matter your taste or space.
Jazz it up with an abstract piece
Officially (according to the experts at the Tate), abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality — but instead uses shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.
If you are looking for a piece that really makes you think, while bringing a dash of colourful fun to your home, then you can’t got wrong with one of these pieces.
Keep it classical with a fine art piece
Unless you’re pretty serious about your art investment (and have a few million spare), then buying a print is likely to be the only way you can claim to house a masterpiece in your living room.
Take your pick from the extensive catalogue at King & McGaw and take home a D.S.Lowry, Amedeo Modigliani or Katsushika Hokusai.
Market Scene, Northern Town, 1939
Portrait of Leopold Zborowski
The Great Wave at Kanagawa
Make a statement with a black and white photograph
There are few trends or investments that promise never to fall out of style. Fortunately, an expertly framed iconic black and white photograph is one of them. Celebrate your sporting heroes, favourite movie scenes or a seminal moment in history with one of these beautiful pieces.
1966 World Cup Final
Paul Newman, New York City, 1953
Muhammad Ali, 1963
Feel nostalgic with a vintage style poster
Step back in time with a gorgeous vintage poster that will have you longing for the return of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Pullman Editions is a London-based company which designs, commissions and publishes striking original posters which capture the enduring appeal of Art Deco.
Among its extensive catalogue of travel, automation and winter sports prints, you are bound to find the perfect piece for your home — ready to whisk you away to a golden-hued past.
Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing and Roadster – New York Auto Show
Fiat ‘Jolly’ – Portofino
Morzine: ‘Off-piste Skier’
Make cultural display with a magazine cover
A striking magazine cover is a thing of true beauty. Combining the best photographers with great subjects and finished by noted graphic designers, there’s a reason they’ve created some of history’s most memorable cultural moments.
A framed magazine cover is a great way of adding art to your home while also displaying your cultural nous. A vintage Vogue cover is an obvious choice (we’re fans of the more abstract 1920s illustrated covers). Alternatively opt for something a little more modern with some striking photography – this classic equestrian-inspired Tatler cover is perfect for your country pad while Gentleman’s Journal’s A$AP Rocky cover is a contemporary showstopper (even if we do say so ourselves).
Vogue, December 1929
The Tatler, September 1963
Gentleman's Journal, A$AP Rocky