If you've just purchased a new house or finished building your dream home and are looking to fill those empty walls, consider investing in some original Bahamian art to bring an authentic island feel to your living space.

The Bahamas has a rich and thriving art scene so there are lots of options to choose from when it come to local art.

But buying art can sometimes be a little intimidating and complicated, especially if you've never do it before.  What to buy? Where to buy it: Can I afford it?

Experts say the first thing you should do - before you even start looking - is focus on a budget.  Decide how much you want to spend.

And don't worry, you can buy art no matter what your price point.  You don't have to spend an exorbitant amount of money to own a quality piece of art.  There are some beautiful works out there in a range of prices.

Look for gems among the growing number of emerging Bahamian artists.  Ask nicely if there's any flexibility on the price, or see if a custom piece an be created that may better suit your needs.

Don't limit yourself to painting, either. Consider a beautiful ceramic piece, a wooden or metal sculpture or an abstract assemblage.

However, the most important consideration when buying art is to make sure its' something that you love.  Remember, when you place art in your own home, the only opinion that matters is yours.

You'll be living with this art. You want to be inspired by it everyday.

For the best in Bahamian art check out these local galleries:

*The Current Art Studies at Baha Mar, Cable Beach

*Hillside House, Cumberland Street

*Doongalik Studios, Village Road

*Nassau Glass Art Gallery, Mackey Street

*Aitken Photography, Maderia Street 

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