Ideas for Inexpensive Art
Art is always something that I struggle with. It's essential to how a room looks and feels, but it can be expensive and difficult to pick. Lately we've been furnishing a lot of houses - our Farmhouse, the Porch House flip, and the Bryant House Airbnb - so I've been on the hunt for inexpensive art with high impact. Maybe someday I'll be able to invest in original art, but in the meantime, I've come up with a few easy ways to get great looking art in our homes for very little investment.
ONE // DIY Botanical Art
This is something I first tried this summer and am totally obsessed with. Botanical art is easy to create and it adds greenery to a room, which doesn't need watering (thus, you can't kill it ;)! To create a botanical, you need to pick leaves/flowers/weeds and then press them in a book for a week or until they are dry. I framed mine in simple clip frames on top of thick, watercolor paper. I love how you can customize botanicals for your own home by picking local greenery or things that have special significance. For instance, when Daphne was born, I picked sweet peas out of our yard at the Farmhouse, where she was born.
TWO // Framed Etsy Art
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but I love to buy prints from artists on Etsy and frame them in inexpensive frames. A few of my go-to artists are Clare Elsaesser and Lisa Golightly and I buy my frames from IKEA or Target in white, black, or brass. You really can't go wrong with this formula.
THREE // Clipboard Art
Clipboards can make for very inexpensive frames. At the Farmhouse, we clipped alphabet cards onto small clipboards and hung them for a large display. I bought our cards on Etsy, but you could also find postcards, photos (think Instamax/Polaroid style), prints, or really just about anything else to hang on a clipboard.
FOUR // Online Image Gallery Print
Over the years, we have hung tons of photos from Costco's free image galleries. Their prints are really reasonably priced ($2 for an 8"x10" up to $10 for a 20"x30"). And though I haven't tried it yet, I'll likely buy a $15 print from Jenny's Print Shop and print it at Costco as well. Ashley also pointed me in the direction of free images from MET Museum and the Audubon, which I'm eager to try out.
FIVE // Vintage mirrors
Vintage mirrors are a wonderful way to bring in a large hanging for relatively little dollars. I pick up my vintage mirrors at antique stores, Craigslist, and even my parent's giveaway pile.
SIX // Historical House Photos
I love finding historical photos of our homes. We've found some from the local archives and also gotten some from previous owners. They are such a fun 'conversational piece' so I like hanging them where guests can see.
And in case you need some tips on hanging art, my friend Sarah shared “the easiest grid gallery wall”, and Ashley did a large Staples engineering Print for a poster…both are awesome! Do you have any more ideas for inexpensive art? I'd love to hear them!
*post updated 10-02-19