Collector Tips: Find the Perfect Art for Your Home

We get it, finding the perfect artwork for your home isn’t easy. The whole experience can be pretty overwhelming, and most people don’t know where to start. That’s where we come in.

With an unprecedented community of emerging and established artists all in one place, Bluethumb is the perfect place to start building your collection. Follow these five easy tips, and you’ll be sipping on wine and admiring your artwork in no time.


Stunning Hydrangeas by Rosanne Steele

1. Know Your Artist

Don’t underestimate the power of getting to know the artist. By familiarising yourself with their work, you’ll build a connection and gain insight to what it’s truly about.

To help buyers understand the context of their desired artworks, Bluethumb artists are encouraged to build their profiles, detailing the history of their work and motivation for creating.

Getting to know your artist has become a whole lot easier. When you set up a Bluethumb account, you can follow artists to receive updates about their new works and like artworks to add them to your favourites, all in the comfort of your home!

Marnie McKnight in her natural habitat.

2. Trust Your Gut

Not to sound entirely cliché, but your first instinct is generally the best one. As technical as choosing an artwork can be, what it truly comes down to is if you love it, you’ll make it work.

Art is all about the connection you have with it. If an artwork jumps out at you, it’s important to act fast before it’s too late. You don’t want to miss out on the next Picasso, just because you hesitated! #noregrets.

As Bluethumb showcases the works of many emerging artists, chances are you’ll snap up a deal before they start making the big bucks. Banksy had to start from somewhere, you know.

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Cloudscape by Amanda Krantz

3. Commission Like a Pro

If you like what you see, but the size isn’t quite right, or the colours don’t match your favourite throw. Have no fear – the commissions are here!

A chance for buyers and artists to fuse their imaginations to create unique, individual pieces, commissions give you the opportunity to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Communication is key, and the team at Bluethumb make the commission experience that much easier. If you find an artist you like or piece that’s been sold, we’ll sort it. All you have to do is provide a little creative direction and a 30% down payment. Easy right? Get in touch.

Deep Reef Dive by Martine Vanderspuy

4. Size Matters

It’s no secret that size really does matter. You don’t want a tiny, detailed drawing lost in a dominating wall, nor a gigantic painting chewing up all your wall space.

We suggest measure your wall dimensions. As a general rule to go by, your art should cover 2/3 of your wall space above furniture (that said, some of the Bluethumb team have awfully full walls!).

As we don’t all share the same sized living space, finding the perfect piece can prove pretty challenging. On Bluethumb, you can filter by size and orientation, narrowing down your options and getting you one step closer to finding exactly what you’re after.

Don’t crowd. If you’re working with a smaller space, one big artwork can make a room feel bigger, whereas a collection of smaller pieces might seem cluttered.

If you’re still having trouble, see Tip 3.

White Tiger by Carla Grace

5. Be Bold

Most importantly, you want an artwork to complement your home, not hinder it. There’s two ways to approach buying art, go bold and create a focal point, or choose subtle tones to balance your space.

Take into account what will surround your artwork, and pick one or two of the most dominating colours. You want to harmonise with the room’s contents, focusing on wall colour, furnishings, pillows and throws.

Don’t forget that Bluethumb’s filters allow you to search by collection, medium, colour and keywords. If you’re after a large, ultra realistic drawing of a white tiger, we’ve got you covered!

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