Art Based on Personality

Traditional decor might benefit from bold modern pieces. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Art based on personality

If you’re into the beach, costal prints are your perfect pieces. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Tell me who you are, and I will tell you what art to buy. People often get nervous when buying art: “Will it match my decor? Will I like it over time? Is this an artist worth investing in?” We say: Throw all those questions out the window – it’s time to focus on your personality instead. The wonderful thing about art is you get to reflect a piece of your personality on your wall through a beautiful photograph or a vibrant print. No matter what your interests or character traits, there is an artist out there who perfectly represents who you are.

Are you a die-hard sartorialist? Do you love traveling, or do you live to escape to the beach? Today, we’re playing curator by dissecting 11 personality types and making art recommendations based on your tastes and interests. From black-and-white photography to graphic prints and abstract painting, we have a little something for every taste and budget. Which art personality are you?

The minimalist
If you’re a minimalist at heart, chances are you don’t want a busy colorful painting to take over your carefully edited space. Instead, pick monochrome pieces with texture or graphic interest. Black and white doesn’t have to mean boring.

The shutterbug
If you enjoy snapping away on vacation or even around your city, we’ll make it easy for you. Have your own photography blown up and framed, or collect the photography of other artists. For a more edited look, print your work in black and white.

The nature lover
If you like the outdoors, you’ll love staring at beautiful nature all day long even more. Take your pick of greenery from painted landscapes to stunning nature photography, and live your very own “Planet Earth.” It’s like bringing the outside in to a whole new level.

The street kid
Channel the cool kid in you, and give your home an urban edge. If you love all things street art, skateboarding and alternative music, you’re in luck. Tons of photographers these days are snapping candid shots of cool kids everywhere, and street art is having a revival. Better yet, these pieces are usually affordable.

The comedian
If people praise your sharp sense of humor, transfer this over to your walls with some humorous and quirky art. Choose an artist who specializes in irony, or print your own memorable quote. You’ll never be short of things to talk about when having people over.

The graphic designer
If you’re a graphic designer or an architect, you probably love clean graphic lines. Transfer this onto your walls with a series of graphic prints. Color-coordinate artwork with your decor, or run wild with bright eclectic prints.

The sartorialist
From Anna Wintour to Kate Moss, you live and breathe fashion. While your closet is probably filled to the brim with designer tags, your walls could also use some of your sartorial sense of style. Fashion photography is what you need on your walls.

The explorer
You often dream of faraway places, you always have a passport in your purse, and you’re constantly a hop and a step away from your next trip. Collect photographic souvenirs, and cover your walls with photography from past trips or from trips you’re hoping to take. It’ll be like escaping a little every time you get home.

The collector
In every aspect of your life, you’re a collector. You know what you love, but you’re also smart about your purchases, and you want to invest in pieces that will increase in value over time. Do your research, and invest in promising up-and-coming artists. Just don’t forget to love what you buy.

The beach bum
You escape to the beach every chance you get, and you live and breathe salty air. Your art pick is clear: You need to adorn your home with coastal prints so you always have a piece of the beach with you. It’s much more beautiful than a dusty seashell collection.

The traditionalist
You’re a traditionalist as far as decor goes, and you might be reticent to add more contemporary art in your decor, but that’s exactly what you should try to embrace. Classic decor comes to life when mixed with bold modern art. Start slowly with monochrome pieces that will make an instant statement in your home.

By Gabrielle Savoie, Domaine (TNS). Get the latest on home decor trends, design ideas, shopping guides and food news, and take a look inside your favorite celebrity homes on