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fireplace, large windows, exposed brick and so on), then you might be better off considering pieces that blend into the background and add general interest to the space. “It’s key to draw the eye around the space, and adding a pop of the same ­colour on a sofa as you have in a picture can help to make the whole room look cohesive,” says Julia Kendell, an interiors expert and a presenter of the BBC’s DIY SOS. “There’s no doubt there should be some commonality in your colour scheme and general mood, but buying art to fit the pre-existing room can look very contrived.

It’s about finding a good link to the overall styling of a room.” Lucy Wilson is one of the brains behind the new “Art Kiosk” from the homewares marketplace ­Glassette, which sells original artworks for between £200-£650.

She observes that “the traditional route to buying art is to go into a gallery and inquire about the price, which is something that feels exclusive to me.” She once enquired about a piece of art only to be told it was worth several thousand pounds. “And I felt awkward about admitting I couldn’t afford it.

By putting the prices on our artworks, we hope to make art more accessible.”Social media sites such as Instagram are good places to browse for original pieces that won’t cost a fortune.

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