Let's be honest: Although your apartment is adorable, the artwork in your space is probably not gallery worthy (no offense to your photography skills or your grandma's taste in tchotchkes). But it doesn't have to be that way. With a little guidance, you can slowly yet steadily amass an awesome collection that really speaks to you and makes your home feel truly and distinctly you.
And now, finally, there's a road map to help you get there. Washingtonian arts editor Sophie Gilbert compiled this info-loaded spread on the ABCs of art collecting, and it has all the bases covered, from how to choose a piece to where to buy art online (as well as in D.C., if you happen to like shopping in person). It's pretty amazing how, even without a six-figure paycheck, you can still cultivate your own art collection. The feature is packed with helpful tips on discovering the kind of art you like, plus the dos and don'ts of collecting from seasoned art veterans. No matter if you prefer prints, paintings, or fine photography, after studying this, you'll be able to make a smart choice when it comes to making a piece your own. Here's to beautiful walls! (Washingtonian)