Sometimes it's hard to remember how much of a difference even one piece of art makes to a room. The room could be impeccably decorated, down to the perfect coffee table accessories, but without something on the walls, the space can fall flat. Forgotten walls just make for incomplete homes. But what if your want that museum worthy piece, but don't have the million dollar budget? Simple, you start your search.
Flea markets and thrift stores are amazing places to find that a vintage piece and even (sometimes) incredible framed works. Also, don't forget about your community! Philadelphia has first Friday, where tons of local gallery's feature up-in-coming artists, whose work is typically reasonably priced. And, obviously, New York City is filled with tons of galleries and creative people looking to sell their work to pretty much anyone.
However, if you don't have the ability, means or even the time to travel in search of that perfect piece, there is always this awesome thing called the internet. I know it can seem a bit daunting, searching thousands of pages and sites all to end up with an overpriced 5" x 7" low quality print. Don't get discouraged though! Some sites are amazing and will get you that conversation starter at a fraction of the cost. My three favorites:
Uprise Art is the perfect place for you if you are looking for an interesting piece from an amazing artist and are willing to spend a bit more to get it. That late twenties - thirties household that has the budget to invest in a piece that they will have for life
I've been obsessed with society6 for a while now. It's an awesome site that allows artists to upload files of their work, set the price, and society6 takes care of the rest. This gives artists the ability to mass produce their work at a reasonable price point. It's the perfect site for someone looking for pieces to fill a gallery wall or brighten up a room.
Obviously I couldn't list every amazing art stop on the web. That would take me days. But at least this can get you started on your art collection. So get searching!
And remember that if you love it, buy it! Don't just purchase a piece because it matches the couch. Buy a piece that you love by an artist that you respect and you'll never regret the investment you made.