"Don't Be Afraid": 2 In-Demand Artists Tell Us Exactly How to Commission Art

There are certain aspects of interior design that seem fundamentally daunting at first mention, and commissioning art has to be high on that list. For one thing, it feels as though the very act of asking an artist to make a personalized work is reserved for those with yachts just outside their front doors. And for another, it appears as if the commissioner would have to have a deep understanding of art to be sure not to waste the artist's time. Right? Well, not exactly.

"Don't be afraid to commission a piece of art," Salt Lake City-based artist Holly Addi told MyDomaine. "Art brings magic into a home and adds soul to its design."

Addi knows that the word "commission" can scare potential clients, but she says that it's nothing more than collaborating on a piece that shows off your tastes and complements the look of your home. Alexandra Valenti, an artist, and photographer based in Los Angeles and New York City, agrees.

"It's a one of a kind piece of art that was made with the buyer and the buyers' space in mind. That's pretty special," she adds. "That's not to say that buying a piece of art that has been mass-produced is bad, it just depends on your preference."

Below, Addi and Valenti discuss what to know about commissioning artwork, from how to go about contacting an artist, to the questions to ask before any agreement is made, to the expectations to keep in mind during the process. Above all else, they encourage anyone who's interested to shake off any hesitations that they might have about this detail of the interior design. It isn't as intimidating as it seems.

"I want my clients to feel comfortable and excited, not worried—it should be a positive experience," Addi says.