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Anyone can master the art (no pun intended) of buying art for their home. And when decorating your space, finding pieces you love that are unique and special will help you differentiate the look of your space from that of your friend's.

“Art has energy, it has an elegance to it. If you look at really sophisticated, decorated spaces in top interior design magazines, they all have original art on the walls," says Andrea Carson, a blogger at View on Canadian Art and curator of Artbombdaily.com -- a new website devoted to making the process of buying, selling and curating art easier (the company's catch-phrase is "Buy What You Love").

As an art consultant -- she can help you curate a collection of pieces that's right for you -- Carson says one of the keys to finding original works is starting locally.

"Finding original art by local young artists is not expensive, and you can supplement it by getting creative yourself. Frame your nephew’s drawings, or display seashells, vintage postcards or interestingly-shaped glass bottles. Your interior is an expression of your self -- it should be personal, filled with quality objects and artworks that you absolutely love.”

Here are Carson's top 10 tips to buying art for your home.

  • Frame Your Art

    "Frame your art. Most of the time, it will look much better and more expensive. You can choose an inexpensive frame, but a good frame and mat will make all the difference." Credit: Shutterstock

  • Opt Not To Mount Canvases

    "The exception to the above is with very large paintings on canvas mounted to thick "gallery" stretchers or paintings on board. These can be costly to frame and usually look just as good unframed due to their size." Credit: Shutterstock

  • Scale Is Key

    "You don't need to limit yourself to one genre, if you keep in mind tone and scale. For instance, a black and white photograph can work beautifully with a charcoal drawing and a monochromatic painting." Credit: Shutterstock

  • Build A Collage

    "If you have a large wall, sometimes an arrangement of smaller pieces will work instead of one large piece. You can "curate" the area with pieces of a mirror or other intriguing objects, too." Credit: Shutterstock

  • Classic vs. Modern

    "If your interior is traditional, then perhaps softer, more classic pieces will be in order (photography, painting). If it is more modern, then slick, conceptual pieces will work." Credit: Shutterstock

  • Reach For Magazines

    "Get inspiration from décor magazines and blogs." Credit: Shutterstock

  • Question The Art

    "Ask yourself if the subject matter has meaning to you. Does it remind you of something? Can you relate to the emotion of the work? If you like it for a reason other than "just because," you won't get tired of it in time." Credit: Shutterstock

  • Think Of Colour

    "While it shouldn't be the guiding factor, do consider your interior scheme. Imagine where the piece might go -- is it the right scale? Does it have the right feel? Aim to strike a balance between tone, content, colour, shape." Credit: Shutterstock

  • Pick A Theme

    "If you are building a collection, decide on a theme. It can be by medium, by genre, a collection of work by emerging artists, even by colour. This helps to create a cohesive, meaningful group of artworks in which each piece relates to the others." Credit: Shutterstock

  • Buy What You Love

    "Go for art that you love. It should fit your personaility. If it does, you will intuitively find the perfect spot for it." Credit: Shutterstock