Ever been to an art gallery where everyone seems to understand every last piece, and even go as far as interpreting them when all you can see is the piece just as is, not going into the artist’s mind and visualizing what he or she was seeing? Well, that’s the visual arts world for you, it can get quite intimidating.

So, you’ve recently moved into your own apartment or house and want to add a special piece that will make you seem elegant and sophisticated, but you know nothing about art. So, where do you start?

As daunting as it may seem, it’s not that bad. All you need to do is educate yourself, try applying what you have learnt, set a budget and then go ahead and get your first piece.

The best way to learn about art is to first hit the Internet to see the different kinds of art available, and then identify a style that appeals most to you. Next, visit a few art galleries and museums and speak to some of the consultants and collectors to help you understand the different pieces.

Art auctions are another great way of getting a true feel of art and what’s more, you may even land a great bargain. Here, you will learn how to bid for different art pieces to get the biggest bang for your buck.

After you are confident enough and are ready to buy your first piece of art, the next thing is ensuring you stay on budget. Your first piece should be something you are totally comfortable with, but if you are going to spend a considerable amount of money, then you should make it an investment piece. The importance of setting a budget is because you can easily get carried away when it comes to art. You definitely don’t want to blow all your money on your first piece that you are not so sure you’ll still love after 2 years.