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When is the Right Time to Upgrade Wall Art?

When is the Right Time to Upgrade Wall Art?
You've been looking at that same art on your wall for a few years now and it's getting boring.  You want something different to look at.  You think it might be time to step it up and get some fine quality artwork but you're not sure it's really time.  If this sounds familiar, then you are in luck.  We've got several tips here to help you determine if it's the right time to invest in quality fine art.

I've had that cheap commercially produced artwork on my walls too.  I've also had smaller prints and custom crafts too.  It fills a space and gives me something to look at other than boring white walls.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality landscape photograph of the Teton mountains and river at moon rising in Tetonia, Teton, Idaho
I would rather have large versions of art like this landscape shot on my wall.
If you're like me, though, you want something else to look at.  Something that says you have good taste.  Something that says you've arrived.  Well, there's a right time to start considering this curation process in home.  How do you know when that is?  Here are a few ideas to help.

Are You Ready Financially?


Cramer Imaging's professional nature animal photograph of a wild finch bird perched on a black rod in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
One of the first points to consider is your financial situation.  Purchasing a large format piece of fine art is a significant investment of money.  It might also be a significant investment of time shopping around for the right piece.

Fine art is generally very expensive to purchase and expensive to replace.  That is if you didn't purchase a one-of-a-kind piece which cannot ever be recreated.  Insurance prices are a very important consideration when determining your financial eligibility for a fine art purchase.

If you can afford to drop a few hundred dollars into something frivolous, and also afford upkeep along with insurance to cover damage or loss, then you might be ready to start fine art shopping.

What Is Your Family Situation?


Professional quality portrait photograph of two young girls and sisters with a soccer ball in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho by Cramer Imaging
Another important consideration is whether or not your children are old enough that they won't damage or destroy this art investment of yours.

They don't have to be tall enough to reach it.  If they're old enough to fling spaghetti at you, they can damage quality artwork.  This is something that you must consider when you are thinking of purchasing new fine art.

If you can answer "yes" to this question or if the answer is "I don't have any kids," then this might be the time to consider upgrading your wall art.  If not, you might consider waiting a little longer.

Do You Have A Place For Display?


Another point you need to think about is what kind of wall space you will have for this new acquisition.  The larger the piece of art, the more wall space you need to display it on.  You also need enough unused space around the art so that it doesn't devour the entire wall and look too big for its place.

Cramer Imaging's professional landscape photograph of a dramatic orange sunset with clouds in silhouette in Tetonia, Teton, Idaho
You don't hide a glorious sunset like this one off in a corner or a back room someplace.
The larger the wall devoted to artwork, the more options you have for your wall art.  Options like giant single pieces of art or galleries of several smaller pieces become viable options.  Smaller wall spaces mean less wall art options for you.  Only smaller pieces and only small clusters reduced size art will work.

Ideas For When To Start Shopping


While there is no specific right or wrong time to begin shopping for quality fine art for the wall, here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Your last child has moved out for college
  • You have purchased a new home
  • You have just paid off your mortgage
  • You've just come back from an amazing vacation

Any of these times might work along with many more.  Just make sure that you can meet your financial obligations in addition to your beautiful new acquisition.  After all, purchasing a new piece of fine art should be a fun and fulfilling process not one of dread and worry.

Have any more ideas about when is a good time for buying new fine art?  Share them in the comments.