Before investing hours looking on the internet or driving to galleries looking for artwork, one should first consider their goals and budget. Are you willing to spend some real money to get something unique and extraordinary that you and everyone else can be excited about? Or are you simply trying to put artwork up on the walls so that the room looks presentable. Do you want something that is a one-of-a-kind, or something that looks nice, but might be found at any Target store or a popular home decor store. Whatever you decide is probably what is best for you, but make it an informed and conscious decision so that you will be satisfied and happy with your choices.

There are a lot of places to go to buy artwork these days including traditional art galleries, picture framing galleries, art festivals, home furnishing stores, roadside, online retailers and individual artists’ websites.

Architectural Digest recently published its list of online art retailers. They recommend:

  • Lumas is a network of over 40 galleries worldwide, It specializes in high-quality, limited-edition works from big-name photographers.
  • Society6 has an assorted collection of whimsical, affordable prints; from cheeky sayings to watercolor florals, nature scenes, and abstracts that can be had for as little as $20
  • Artfinder was Founded in London by a Swedish art enthusiast who had worked in the New York art world and offers original art from around the globe.
  • Saatchi Art offers original photography, collage, painting, and sculpture, that start at $200, and limited-edition prints at $95.
  • Paper Collective is a Copenhagen-based e-tailer that sells artwork with a mission. The company collaborates with artists, designers, and illustrators to create prints, posters, cards, and accessories that are certified eco-friendly with a seal from the Danish government. 10 percent of the sale proceeds go to a charity of the artist’s choosing.
  • Minted, largely known for its wide range of cards, takes a similarly community-focused approach to its art offerings, with prints, photography, and drawings sourced from independent makers worldwide. Pieces range from $21 (unframed) to $605 (framed). Artists have their own landing pages with bios and links to all of their work
  • AHA runs the gamut from clothing to home accessories to beauty products (all handmade by artisans around the world), its art section skews toward the bright, funky, and contemporary. AHA prints and ships all the pieces it sells, so artists (who hail from 45 countries) just have to upload their image files, making it easy for emerging and experimental artists to earn commissions.
  • Tappan Collective aims to nurture emerging artists by connecting them to seasoned collectors. This support extends beyond the internet, too: Tappan has curated numerous exhibitions of its artists in assorted spaces throughout Los Angeles. On the site you’ll find everything from handmade ceramics for around $100 to large-scale paintings upwards of $10,000.
  • 20×200 provides art for everyone. The 1,000 editions the site has produced so far range from $24 to $10,000, and each is produced exclusively for 20×200. The company also wants customers to be passionate and knowledgeable about their art, so every print and photo ships with documentation about the work.

The process will be easier, more fun and more successful if you do some homework first to figure out what you are looking for. What media do you prefer… photography, painting, watercolors, charcoal sketches? Do you have a preferred subject…still life, landscapes, wildlife, the human figure? Do you have a preferred style…realism, impressionism, romanticism, expressionism, surrealism, baroque?

What type of budget do you have? Can you buy originals or reproductions? How exclusive do you want the artwork to be? Do you want one-of-a-kind that no one else has, a limited edition reproduction or a mass produced decorative piece that can be found everywhere.

Once you narrow down all the possibilities to a media, subject, style and budget, you can figure out where to go looking for your artwork.
Have fun and start your journey in buying your artwork fearlessly and with certainty.