Inexpensive Wall Art

Home wall art decor doesn’t have to be expensive. Keep it simple with these tips for finding and displaying unique and reasonably-priced pieces.
Bare walls can leave a room feeling empty. The expense of purchasing and framing quality artwork can halt the design development of a room. However, an interior decorating bind is often the catalyst for unique results that reflect the originality of a home’s residents.
These home decor tips promote creative wall art that’s accessible and affordable:
Collect Poster Art and Prints
Intimidated by the high cost of gallery art and the overpriced mass-produced wall art from some chain furniture stores, many consumers feel frozen when it comes to decorating the walls. However, a crafting revival, fueled by the recent do-it-yourself and indie craft movements, has resulted in a large number of arts and crafts shows, some of which include prints and paintings from local artists.
In addition, many cities have a variety of small art galleries that sell prints and posters of original works, providing a creative, high-quality alternative to spending hundreds of dollars on premier art. Etsy is another wonderful source for prints and posters from the latest indie artists. The quality and talent of these pieces is often top-notch, and there are styles and colors to suit every design palette.
Finally, poster shows such as Flatstock, which feature concert posters by highly skilled artists, bring a wide variety of styles under one roof. Poster art can be an affordable, interesting alternative to combing retail stores for the perfect picture.
DIY Framing
When it comes time to frame artwork, don’t let the cost of custom framing keep your pieces in poster tubes indefinitely. Some craft stores, such as Michael’s, offer regular framing sales and price ranges for most budgets. If the prices and looks offered still don’t meet decorating needs, consider framing pieces yourself.
Do-it-yourself framing doesn’t require many supplies. A suitable frame, art paper in a color of your choice, scissors, a ruler, a pencil and tape can get the job done. Many craft stores and framing shops offer a selection of reasonably-priced frames, especially clean-lined ones.
Once a frame has been selected, determine if the artwork fills it completely or if a mat/border is needed. Gently taping art to a piece of “background” paper, such as the large art paper sold at art and craft supply stores, creates a natural border that gives the illusion of a mat. Once mounted on paper, the artwork can be placed in the frame.
Don’t fret if the border isn’t perfectly even on all sides. The overall effect will negate small inconsistencies. If inconsistencies are large, consider carefully trimming artwork with a paper cutter, or at the very least, a ruler, pencil and scissors. If some artwork doesn’t fit prepackaged frames and DIY framing doesn’t achieve the desired effect, consider paying for affordable custom framing, then using DIY framing techniques for other pieces.
Shop at Vintage and Resale Stores
To avoid the framing hassle altogether, visit local antique malls, thrift stores and vintage shops. These locations often sell framed art from decades past. With the emergence of a renewed interest in retro art, such as geometric art highlights from 1980s interior design, art from decades past is now both trendy and timeless.
Vintage art is not limited to prints, paintings and photographs. Wall sculptures and panel art (shown at the top and bottom of this article) also make an appearance in resale shops and provide another dimension to home wall decor.
Mix It Up
Don’t be afraid to mix styles, sizes and types of art. If you genuinely like the art, you can find a place for it. With art that seems incompatible, a similar mat/background paper color can unify different pieces. Furthermore, to fill in the wall decor gaps with small items, consider framing greeting cards with interesting designs, such as reprints of botanical artwork.