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01/21/2015 05:06 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

8 Must-Read Tips Before Buying Art for Your Living Room

Well-placed artwork has the power to transform a space, but selecting the correct piece can be a complicated and intimidating project. To help demystify this process, we've turned to art consultant Daniel Kinkade to give us some pointers on choosing the right piece of art for a home. He's also selected some stellar works from his gallery that would make a statement in any home.

1. "Buy what you love. Fine art should never be a 'maybe' and should thrill you every single day."
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2015-01-13-curation_01.jpgSHOP: Night Right Edge by Jennifer Webster, available from Daniel Kinkade ($2,900) // Pablo Table, Metal Venture (price upon request) // Cellula Chandelier, Design Within Reach ($2,730) // Sphere Dining Chair, Justin Van Breda (price upon request)

Design image from Carden Cunietti

2. "Consider a contemporary piece for a traditional space and vice versa. It shakes it up and adds visual interest."
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SHOP: Mana No. 8 by Keiko Nemeth, available from Daniel Kinkade ($8,000) // AHRPA Swivel Chair, SwitzerCultCreative (price upon request) // Venetian Series #4 Table Lamp, Jan Showers (price upon request) // Anton Side Table, Comerford Collection ($2,700).

Design image from Terrat Elms Interior Design

3. "Don't try to match your art to the room. Instead, contrast and complement the space with art so it works with the room and doesn't get lost."
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SHOP: Midnight by Sarah Atkinson, avialable from Daniel Kinkade ($2,500) // Andy stool by OTTIU, Divya Collections (price upon request) // George II Hall Porter's Deep-Winged Leather Chair, Antiquario Villas & Cottages ($7,500) // MP3 Hybrid, Collura & Co. (price upon request)

Design image from Dineen Architecture + Design

4. "Do splurge on quality custom framing, museum glass and fabric mats. You'll be glad you did, as it will elevate the art in all cases."
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SHOP: Structure II by Robert Porazinski, available from Daniel Kinkade ($1,500) Backpainted Glass Side Table, Codor Design (price upon request) // Beal Chair, Jess Design (starting at $1,412) // Symmetrical Origami Hanging Light, Stephanie Odegard Collection ($1,490)

Design image from Leverone Design

5. "Mix high and low. Mix periods and styles. Pair $20,000 paintings with $20 street art. Add an architectural drawing from a vacation. This looks collected over time and tells a story. Your story."
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SHOP: Seascape by Wesley Kimler, available from David Kinkade ($35,000) // 6710 Chair, Posse Furniture ($1,885) // Venini Zecchin Chandelier, Kneen & Co. (price upon request) // Arabesque Occasional Table, Dakota Jackson, Inc. (price upon request)

Design image from Sherry Hayslip Interiors & Hayslip Design Associates, Inc.

6. "When you place art in your home there is only one opinion that matters: yours. If it's a shocking or edgy image, it will be remembered."
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SHOP: 24 Karat Gold and Glamour by Sarah Raskey, available from Daniel Kinkade ($6,000) // Black Widow, Emotional Brands (price upon request) // Furniture by Peter de Koning, available via Maison & Objet storefront (starting at $600) // The Alexander Side Table, Victoria Hagan Home Collection (price upon request)

Design image from LKID

7. "If you see a piece and it's not the right size or color, ALWAYS ask if the artist can make a custom piece. We do this for clients more than 50% of the time."
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SHOP: Parisian Journal by Francine Turk, available from Daniel Kinkade ($11,000) // Luna Bella Churchill Chair, Rough Luxe ($3,999) // Petrified Wood Side Table, Andrianna Shamaris ($4,500) // The Olive Tree Chandelier - Large, Cox London for Rose Tarlow Melrose House (price upon request)

Design Image from Buckingham Interiors + Design

8. "Be open to various mediums. Artists make beautiful works beyond oil paintings using wax, enamel, gold dust and even recycled materials and fabric."
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SHOP: Feathered by Sally Ko, available from Daniel Kinkade ($6,000) // Solange Chair, Shine by SHO (price upon request) // Helios Chandelier, Zia-Priven (price upon request) // Haze Table, Brett Design (price upon request)

Design image from Bruce Palmer Design Studio

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