Did you read our expertise on realestate.com.au? Our Director Mariko Nissen chimed in on how to make affordable art look expensive.

To fake artwork fanciness, without looking cheap, it’s all about curating pieces based on feeling, meaning and what will work in your home.

“Think about how the art makes you feel or how you want to feel when looking at it. It’s nice to have calming pieces for the bedroom and vibrant pieces for a living space or study.”

Below Mariko shares tip on how to achieve maximum art impact on a minimal budget.

Go for something you love

When looking for art for your home, if you stick with what you love it’s bound to seamlessly blend with your home and not stick out like a sore thumb.

“If you love it, it will never go out of style,” Mariko says. “There are many styles of art that never age, or even improve with age like black and white photography.”

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Use photography in the mix

Photography is a great way of achieving a contemporary look at an affordable price.

“Buying art based on current trends will achieve a stylised look for your home, but trends change quickly, so buying art from the heart will ensure you choose something you’ll want in your home for longer,” Mariko explains.Photo print, wall art, photography, interior

Go bold

Play around and do something unexpected, similar to what curators do when they are setting up exhibitions – think framing a small artwork in a big frame.

“Don’t be afraid to choose bold pieces,” Mariko says.  “Using colour in an artwork can tie the look of a room in together,” Mariko says.

“If you start with bold artwork take inspiration from a colour or tone within the artwork to choose soft furnishings for the room.”

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