I had another post planned for today, but shared these simple and affordable artwork ideas on my Instagram stories yesterday and they seemed to be popular so I wanted to share them on the blog as well. Sometimes I forget I don’t have to only share huge room makeovers or room reveals. So today’s post is short and simple and hopefully helps generate some ideas for on how to get simple and affordable artwork ideas!
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Ideas for Simple & Affordable Artwork
You may recall, last spring I hung four frames up in our living room. I knew I wanted to put something in them, I just wasn’t sure what! So they sat empty for a few months while I waited on inspiration.
By summer, I still hadn’t decided on anything, so I simply added $.19 cardstock from the craft store that I had on hand and laid it out in a bit of an ombre pattern. I received multiple messages about this look from people asking me about the ombre blue artwork in my living room. They were shocked to hear it was less than $1 art! It worked for the summer months but I was ready for a change once I swapped out my fall decor.
Yesterday, I finally decided to move forward with one of my plans of printing some vacation artwork. Any other time of the year, I would have likely chosen beach photos and left them in color. But for fall, I opted for photos from Italy (mostly Tuscany) and had them printed at Target in black and white.
I took this screenshot of the video I shared on my Instagram Stories. It gives you a better idea of the look of some of the images.
And here is how the new “artwork” looks in the room! I’m loving this mostly neutral color palette for fall and the black and white photos blend in seamlessly. This update ran a total of $13.86 with tax! I love how the photos remind us of some of our favorite destinations and look even better with the olive trend I’m loving this year!
I think this shot from San Gimignano is one of my favorites!
These ideas are by no means revolutionary, but I think sometimes we spend so long searching for the “perfect” artwork, we forget we can create it! Following are some additional suggestions for simple and affordable artwork you can use once you have a set of frames:
- Colored cardstock or printed scrapbook paper
- Vacation photos (in color or black and white) – I use Lightroom to edit my photos but there are plenty of free online editing tools as well.
- Family photos (I love oversized ones in black and white of individual people – so cute with kid’s photos)
- A variety of botanical prints (this is my favorite affordable source)
- Free online printables (just Google search “Free XYZ Printables” for whatever type of art your looking for)
- Paint your own abstract art (you can see some of mine here and here). This can also be done on a small scale to fit in frames like above.
- Kids Artwork – it can look much more cohesive when framed with large mats
- Frame fabric scraps (or favorite scarfs, etc.)
- Type out and print a favorite quote or saying
When searching for frames, I always like very large versions that also have a large mat to create some white space. The exact ones I used are sold out, but these are nearly identical in the gray wash finish (use code FALL to get 20% off your order). These are also a nice affordable option.
Any other ways you love to create affordable art for your home? I hope you enjoyed this simple update!
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