5 Reasons Why Selling Art to Interior Designers Rocks

Selling art to designers

Selling art to interior designers will boost your career. Here’s how:

1.            Stress-free, quick sales
2.            Get paid immediately
3.            Curriculum vitae or resume not required
4.            Top interior designers are repeat buyers
5.            Easy to find and approach

If you are in the business of art, meaning you set about to make money by creating art and selling it, then you should investigate selling art to interior designers.

Let’s look at each reason for selling art to interior designers:

Stress-free, quick sales – It is a different game selling art to interior designers. To begin with, you will find once you have a relationship with a design professional that sales made to them are usually done quickly and easily.

You are going to show them art in your inventory that matches their overall design needs. They will respond with a yes or no on the spot. Sure, there may be some situations where they want the work on spec, or need to show it to a partner, or a client, but most the time, they will decide quickly. You are in and out of the selling process in a short time.

Get paid immediately – This is awesome. The general rule of thumb is you sell the work and collect the payment at the same time.  It is possible you will have to wait a short period for payment, but you can usually be on your way to the bank after making the sale. This helps improve your cash flow, and your morale.

Curriculum vitae or resume not required – With designers, it’s all about the work. If it is the right size, palette, subject matter, and price, you have a sale based on those factors, not your artist’s statement, or c.v. Designers are buying within a budget. Your art is just one of dozens or even hundreds of design components that need to be matched and fitted together to create a harmonious overall design scheme. As such, if what you provide fills their needs, they do not get concerned about who made the art. They know good art when they see it and buy regardless of your training, education, or experience.

Top interior designers are repeat buyers – once you establish a relationship with a busy design professional, you can expect to make sales to them repeatedly. This is especially true if they come to trust that you are a reliable source of art for them. The most successful designers are busy people. If they know you can deliver art they need at prices that fit their budget, you can become their “go to” source when new jobs are initiated.

Easy to find and approach – Designers are in the public eye. Many have their own ongoing promotion and publicity programs. A good number of them brand their businesses with their name. Nearly all can be located by looking at the Yellow Pages, Houzz.com, or browsing the Internet. Depending on the size of your metro area, you may have dozens of designers whose offices are just minutes away from your home base. If you are willing to travel, you can find hundreds of new sources for selling art to interior designers.

There are many ways to meet designers. Networking, direct mail, or in some cases, email. However, you will find the quickest method is to contact them directly, by phone, or in person if the situation calls for it.

Who Doesn’t Want to Sell Art to Interior Designers?

If you have read the above with interest, and believe your art is a good fit for the design market, you are a great prospect to read How to Sell Art to Interior Designers. It is a new book written by my good friend, Dick Harrison and me.

It is easy to see from great interest in previous related posts on how to sell art to interior designers that many readers of this blog want more information on how to get their work into the interior design market. Now you have a new resource to help you get started quickly while avoiding costly pitfalls.


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Visual artists who create paintings, photography, sculpture, and other fine art who desire ongoing success selling art into the interior design market.


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Making work that sells well in the design market comes from understanding designers’ needs. You will learn how to gain invaluable insights on what kind of art designer’s need by following the authors’ suggestions for establishing mutually respectful, and profitable relationships with them.


Selling art to designers is different from selling to galleries and collectors. They usually are quite busy, know what they need, and are quick to decide. You will gain insider knowledge and pickup useful tips on how to become proficient presenting to designers.


Knowing how the entire design market works helps artists choose the best prospects for their business model. Corporate art consultants often place multiple works in commercial design projects. Design centers have businesses that cater to designers and offer potential wholesale sales opportunities. If you have the desire, and can produce the work, you can enjoy success selling your artwork in all these channels.

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Barney Davey began advising artists on business and marketing in 1988. He worked in a design center art gallery that catered to designers. He is the author of four bestselling books on art marketing. As a full-time art rep for more than 20 years, Dick Harrison successfully sold art to interior designers. He is the author of Sales Tips for Artists and other books and services for artists.


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Does Your Authentic Self Include Making Art for Money

Many artists dance around the subject of making art for money.

Making money making artThere is among some, in and outside the art community, a persistent and pervasive notion that making art for money is somehow a bad thing. Really! Why? If you really look at it from within your authentic self, it likely making money from your art is an important part of the equation of being an artist — and without question of being in the art business.

What is your authentic self?

Let’s start this post with a look at what the heck is your authentic self. Here is a good description from Wikipedia: Authenticity is a technical term used in psychology as well as existentialist philosophy and aesthetics. In existentialism, authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures; the conscious self is seen as coming to terms with being in a material world and with encountering external forces, pressures and influences which are very different from, and other than, itself. A lack of authenticity is considered in existentialism to be bad faith. 

True believer has never been used to describe me.

I am far from the deepest person you will find on the planet, or possibly in a random room with ten other people. So, I’m not going to be inauthentic and pretend I’m steeped in existentialist philosophy. It is more accurate to say that as with many things, I have a casual interest in philosophy, existentialism and aesthetics. I am writing this from Sedona, Arizona where interest in topics such as authentic self runs much higher than in other places. Many consider Sedona an intensely spiritual place and come here from all over the globe to experience not only its exquisite, majestic red rock beauty, but also its mysticism as exemplified by its many vortexes.

Sedona is wonderful, weird and sometimes wacky place.

Read about the vortexes on the link in the previous sentence. It gives a scholarly run down on why vortexes cannot exist from a scientific perspective, but ends with a discussion of how, as the author says, “Illumination comes not from the outside, but from within ourselves.” I would argue this is the essence of art. When we are moved by art, we are illuminated from within; it stirs us in nearly intangible ways. Great art, whether prose, visual, performing or musical has the ability to tap our inner selves, touch us in places no amount of cadaverous spelunking will ever find. Every human instinctively knows this. It is part of our DNA. We can be moved by things beyond our comprehension.

Skeptical comeuppance?

I am pretty much a skeptical pragmatic who believes if aliens were to visit the earth, they would drop down on the White House lawn, in Cambridge Square, or at half-time during the Superbowl rather than a farmer’s field. So, more than ten years ago when visiting Sedona with my wife, I went along with the idea of a vortex Jeep tour thinking it a pleasant way to see the sights and entertain myself with the knowledge that the concept of a vortex is bunk. Without boring you with details, I will just say I saw and experienced some things that day that seem inexplicable to a skeptically pragmatic mind. In other words, I gained a new perspective about things that are generally inexplicable, but real enough to more than make a skeptic wonder. Maybe what I experienced was something in me, I don’t know and never will, it was just real.

Residing in Sedona, go figure?

I will not begin to explain it, but within a few short years, I found myself moving to Sedona. In the nearly two years my wife, Mary, and I lived here, I came to meet dozens of others who had such powerfully moving experiences, and were so energized by them they were forced to change their lives and relocate here. It is locally known as “Red Rock Fever.”  I never felt compelled to follow up on my experiences like so many others I encountered did. I never felt it was Red Rock Fever that pulled Mary and me to Sedona. We have traveled here numerous times over the years and we had always felt it might be a great place to live.

Okay, I will give explaining the move to Sedona a go after all. After watching the once powerful and impactful Decor magazine and the Decor Expo tradeshows implode, which was a terrible thing to witness how a corporate buyout can take a thriving business that is good to employees and customers alike and turn it into a hellish nightmare shell of what it had been, compounding that with and some serious health scare issues, we decided to leave overcrowded, overpriced Orange County, California and try living in the higher elevation and clean air of Sedona.

What we soon found was Sedona is a much more fun place to visit than to live, especially if you are not entirely ready to give up decades of big city living. That epiphany is how we got to Phoenix. It’s plenty big, but nothing like living in urban California. Plus, it’s a short 90-minute drive to Sedona and many other wonders that make up Arizona.

Proudly making art for money.

When I talk about embracing your authentic self and making money, I am serious. If you are at odds over the fact that your are a creative source that has the unique ability to make one-of-a-kind artwork and feel you should be ashamed for wanting to make money from your efforts, then I am talking to you.

Get down and examine yourself, your career, your motives.

  • Why are you creating art?
  • What do you want to happen once the art is made?
  • What outcome from making your art would make you most happy?
  • Can you make a living doing something else and just create art for the fun of it?

It is a rare person who makes something that doesn’t want others to appreciate the work. It is a rare person who makes something that is not desirous of exchanging the work they have made for money. Let’s face it. We all need money to survive. Whether you are a trust fund baby or clipping coupons, we all need money to manage our lives. Thus, for the large majority of artists, finding effective ways to sell your art at the best prices is part of your authentic self.

Producing art on a schedule.

Embracing making art for money might further extend to how you make your art.

  • Do you agonize over your art to make it perfect? Is this really necessary?
  • Do you sabotage your productivity due to perfectionism?
  • Do you think you are trapped into only being able to create so many pieces in a given time?
  • Do you believe hiring assistants to help you create your art devalues it?

Getting yourself together in the most authentic, genuine way.

I believe if you are genuinely aligned where both your self-image and public image are in accordance that your values, beliefs, goals, actions and behavior, it  will be evident to all who know you. Part of your authentic self should have or be at work on building the confidence that your work has value and that it deserves your asking price.

When you have such confidence, you can be humble, yet proud and never made to feel you are anything, but an authentic artist whose work deserves respect for its unique creativity and a fair price for another to own it. Being your authentic self to me simply comes down to saying what you do and doing what you say. So, go out there and make fine art, the finest art you can, and make excellent business, too. Make it so you make a living you deserve from making your art.

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