This Is the Art You Should Buy (Based on Your Personality)

Updated 04/23/18

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 décor? 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 that 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? This is how to collect art according to your interests.

The Minimalist

living room with Minimalist art
Nicole Franzen

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.

Nanjing Road 10 by Brenda Franco
Brenda Franco Nanjing Road 10 $2200
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The Shutterbug

Photography showcased in a living room
Stefani Stein

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. 

Mood Indigo by Marc Gabor
Marc Gabor Mood Indigo $160
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The Nature Lover

Landscape artwork for the nature lover
Studio Ashby

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 into a whole new level.

The Echo Forest XVII by Hamish Robertson
Hamish Robertson The Echo Forest XVII $260
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The Street Kid

Street Art showcased in a dining room
Brittany Ambridge

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. 

Nike by Emily Knecht
Emily Knecht Nike $140
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The Comedian

How to Collect Art — Quotes artwork
Tessa Neustadt ; DESIGN: Amber Interiors

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.

Thanks, Come Again by Paul Edmondson
Paul Edmondson Thanks, Come Again $1180
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The Graphic Designer

Graphic Prints showcased in a bedroom
Courtesy of Studio Ashby

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 décor, or run wild with bright eclectic prints.

Untitled No. 1 by Zachery Tyler
Zachery Tyler Untitled No. 1 $3200
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The Sartorialist

Fashion Photography in a living room
Brittany Ambridge

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.

Nathalie Gia Coppola
Gia Coppola Nathalie $140
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The Explorer

Travel photography in a bedroom
Courtesy of Studio Ashby

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.

Little Cliffs by Hamish Robertson
Hamish Robertson Little Cliffs $90
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The Collector

Abstract art in a dining room
Studio Ashby

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.

Sundial Erik Barthels
Erik Barthels Sundial $1450
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The Beach Bum

Beach Photography in a bathroom
Tessa Neustadt

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. 

Cinque Terre Vertical by Gray Malin
Gray Malin Cinque Terre Vertical $299
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The Traditionalist

Traditional art in a living room
Brittany Ambridge

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

Sore Spot by Lydia Bassis
Lydia Bassis Sore Spot $1350
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Which art personality do you have? Tell us which artwork you would buy.

This story was originally published on September 10, 2017, and has since been updated.

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