Naked walls and bare tabletops can be intimidating to amateur decorators — that is, to most of us. But there’s bona-fide artwork out there — online, maybe in your hometown — for every budget.


Sleuthing out what suits your space and taste is part of the fun.


“Art is a great investment and it doesn’t have to be expensive if you buy it smart,” says Rachael Liska, senior editor at Fresh Home magazine.


Steven Young Lee, resident artist director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, notes that art can be inspirational, and affect viewers on an emotional level.

“You want to live with pieces that continue to influence you in some way,” says Lee. “You may notice something different every time you look at it. Your perspective changes and the work changes with you.”

That also means you may want to freshen rooms from time to time with different art.

Art aficionados on the prowl for lower prices can also check with art schools and universities.

Local art shows provide a chance to view a wide range of talent and styles as well.

“You can find original art for the same price as some prints, and it's made with lots of passion and love,” says David Bromstad, host of HGTV’s Color Splash: Miami.