8 Helpful Tips on How to Pick the Best Oil Painting from a Gallery

Finding one that will fit well in your space...
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Finding Oil Paintings for Sale is easy. Finding the best ones for your home is not so simple. There are many different things to consider when choosing an oil painting to display in your home. You not only need to find the best one that matches your décor, but it also needs to fit appropriately into the allotted space. Here are eight other useful tips.


1) Consider Your Space

What room do you want to hang the painting in? You need to take a good look at the room, determine where you’re going to hang the painting, and then examine the color scheme to see what will look good in that space.


2) The Style and Colors Are Important

We already mentioned this somewhat above, but will emphasize it here. You do need to find a painting that matches not only the room but also your taste. You might gravitate towards traditional landscapes or even more modern works of art. The oil painting of your choice should do all of these things.


3) Size and Shape Matters

The painting needs to fit into the space allotted. It shouldn’t dwarf everything else in the room unless that’s the look that you’re going for, although it does have to fit into the wall space that you have available. You don’t want one that overhangs the doorways.


4) Type of Canvas

You have two options here – the first is a cotton fiber canvas. These are more affordable and work well for small paintings. These canvases stretch out easily as well. The other option, linen, is very durable, can support a larger painting, and won’t expand or contract due to the humidity in the room. As a result, they’ll last longer but cost more.


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5) Do You Want A Ready-Made Painting?

A readymade painting is one that’s already completed. The other option is a custom painting. These are done to match your décor and are made to fit your exact specifications. Obviously, a custom one will cost a bit more than one that’s readymade.


6) What About the Subject?

This related back to the room itself – what type of subject are you looking for? Will a still life fit your décor, or do you want something that evokes a period of modern art? There are many different subjects to choose from.


7) What Forms Are You Interested In?

By “form” we mean how many panels do you want the painting to be? The most common is a triptych or a grouping of three related paintings that are either hung right up against each other or separated out by a few inches. There are other forms to choose from as well.


8) Does It Have a Frame?

You’ll find Oil Paintings for Sale in two different forms: framed and unframed. The types with inner or outer frames (or both) are ready to go. You just have to hang them on your wall. The others come either flat or rolled up and must be framed before you can display them.


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