The 8 Best Places to Buy Art Online
Even once the rest of your home is fully furnished, finding wall art you love for a gallery wall (or to shine on its own) at a price you can afford is oftentimes one of the hardest decorating challenges. We scoured the internet and found the best places to buy art based on art styles and mediums available. We also took into account the price of both prints and originals and the increased cost of adding a frame to those artworks.
Our top choice is Minted, a marketplace that features artists from more than 100 countries. With prices starting at $28 for a small print, you're bound to find something affordable that will spark joy and blend in well with your home decor style.
Below, the best places to buy art online and tips on mastering the art buying process.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Minted
Best for Originals: Saatchi Art
Most Affordable: Etsy
Greatest Options: Society6
Best Splurge: Anthropologie
Best for the Classics: Art.com
Best for Photography: Lumas
Most Quirky: Urban Outfitters
How to Shop for Art
Unless you are buying a piece of art that is already framed, or canvas artwork, try to stick to buying art with dimensions that are compatible with standard frame sizes. Standard frame sizes are as follows: 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 16 x 20, 20 x 24, and 24 x 36 inches. Buying a print that isn't one of these standard frame sizes will not only give you fewer frames to choose from, but the frames that are available may come at a higher price.
If your heart is set on a piece of art that you want to frame, but it falls outside of standard frame sizes, look for frame options before you buy so you know what you're getting into. Custom framing is always an option, but know that it is a very expensive venture. Basic, non-decorative custom framing jobs usually start at $100. Oftentimes, local art supply or craft stores do custom framing and advertise discounts on their website, or even on Groupon. If you'd rather not roll the dice on finding non-standard sized frames, some art websites give you the option of adding a frame for an additional cost. This will be more expensive, but it might not be as expensive as finding a non-standard frame size or going custom.
Overall, we recommend shopping Minted if you're looking for new art. Minted offers affordable photography, painting, and illustration prints in a variety of artistic styles, including landscape and abstract, that will suit any home decor style. Plus, the options available for customizing your frame aren't common in other sites that sell art online.
Questions You Might Ask
How do I choose what kind of art is best for my home?
There are a number of factors to take into consideration when deciding what kind of art is best for your home. The first thing you should do is understand your artistic taste and how it can fit into the current style of your home. If your decor is minimalist or modern, an abstract piece of art, which focuses on bold shapes, lines, and colors, may work well in your home.
If your decor is quirky and kitschy, you may be more drawn to contemporary or pop art, which are reflective of the present day and oftentimes feature takes on pop culture. People with a more boho style home might gravitate toward art with flora and fauna. When in doubt, a great place to start is travel.
Art sites also offer plenty of filter options to help you figure out what you want. Some of these filters allow you to sort their collection by subject matter, art style, medium type, and even home decor style type.
What is the difference between originals and prints?
Original artwork is produced manually by the artist, whereas prints are made from a machine. Originals are the more expensive of the two, by a landslide. Originals are usually hundreds or thousands of dollars, even if they aren't large pieces of art. You can expect to pay at least $200 for an original, but that is at the very low end. Originals usually run between $600 to $60,000, and oftentimes are even more than that. That is why print copies are a very popular, affordable alternative.
Artists know that everyone can't afford originals, so more often than not they make print copies of those originals and sell them for fractions of the original's price. Prints can be found for as little as $20. They are widely available and can be easily found on art websites, retail stores, and artists' websites. Sometimes, limited edition prints can be more expensive than prints available year-round, but they are still a lot less expensive than originals. If a piece of art is an original, it is usually specified.
Take Our Word for It
This article was written by Rachel Center, a product reviews home writer for Real Simple and an avid art collector for more than six years. She spent hours researching where to find the best places to buy art, ultimately choosing the websites on this list based on price as well as art style and mediums available.