Art Collecting is for Everyone

Finding pieces that fit your home doesn’t have to be intimidating or expensive, just stick to what you like.

“It provides visual beauty, but it also is a layer of life that has a story to it,” says Whitney Forstner, founder of into/art. “And when we allow ourselves to be open to that story and connection, it’s fun and powerful.”

But choosing art for your home can be tricky. You want to collect pieces that have staying power, that will be relevant for many years and that you won’t grow tired of. That’s a tall order. Where do you start? And how do you know what or where to buy?

The right pieces are visually interesting and offer an emotional connection, but they don’t have to break your budget to be both beautiful and meaningful.

“We are all collectors,” Forstner says. “You don’t have to buy something from Sotheby’s. Frame your kid’s handprint, and that’s the beginning for a collection.”

We spoke with Forstner and another design specialist, Bridget Mallon, editorial director of Mydomaine and The Spruce, for advice on building your home art collection. Here are their suggestions.

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