Curating Your Own Art Collection

As a full service interior design agency, Nancy Price Interior Design aids clients who seek to create their ideal spaces from the beginning to the end of the process. Therefore, Nancy and the design team have the opportunity to utilize a number of their artistic skills when approaching a new project. From conceptualizing the function of a space, to working directly with architects to project managing the installation of art and furnishings, Nancy is involved in every aspect. Over the years, Nancy has devoted much time to curating the studio’s collection which includes paintings, furnishings, sculptural works and more. Nancy’s work affords her the opportunity to procure these objects that are unique, but also enhance the personality, style and composition of any space that she designs.

But how is it that an individual begins curating a private art collection? There are some very practical considerations that should go into creating a personal art collection as well as some personal reflection.

How much space is available in your home or the area where you intend to display the art? Does that include resting space for the eyes? Do you have an appropriate storage area for your art? These are questions that don’t have to limit you, but they should help you set boundaries for yourself when you are first building your collection.

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Set a budget and stick to it. The beautiful thing about art is that money doesn’t have to be a limiting factor. You can find, commission, trade or make art that not only moves you but complements your space at any monetary level. So if you are not yet in a position to invest extensively in artwork, then it’s time to get creative. Instead of focusing so much on the cost of a piece of art, instead look at its value. As the owner of a piece of art, you get to decide the criteria for determining its value.


Curating your own art collection is a great way to get a better sense of your own aesthetic. While your pieces don’t have to work together seamlessly, try to keep in mind the look of the space where they will ultimately be displayed.


Similar to the idea of evaluating the cost versus the value of the piece, it’s important that you are clear about your intention behind owning these pieces of art before you commit to them. If you are interested in creating a collection that you will eventually sell to (hopefully) make a profit, then your approach will be different from someone who is tired of staring at blank walls in their living room, to someone who envisions a very specific type of art collection that they will continue growing indefinitely.

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