So often, I forget I don’t have to only share huge room makeovers or room reveals. Small, helpful tips can be equally as valuable (sometimes more so) than big elaborate projects. So today’s post is short and simple and hopefully helps generate some ideas on how to achieve simple and affordable artwork ideas!
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A Favorite Solution for Our Living Room
Although I’ll be sharing several more ideas at the end of this post, I’m going to first share the route I went in our living room. 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 ombré pattern. I received multiple messages about this look from people asking me about the ombré blue artwork in my living room. Many 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.
I finally decided to move forward with my plan of printing some vacation artwork for our wall. 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 the below screenshot of the video I shared on my Instagram Stories after they were printed. 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!
Ideas for Simple & Affordable Artwork
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. You could use all one color, a variety of colors, or similar shades to create an ombré effect like I did.
- 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, if you want to alter the look or make them black & white.
- 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 small shop is my favorite affordable source)
- Free online printables (just Google search “Free XYZ Printables” for whatever type of art your looking for)
- This Etsy shop has some great aerial beach photography and other landscape images that are printable on demand for very little cost!
- Paint your own abstract art (you can see some of mine along with tutorials 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 like the ones I used.
- 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 effect is more “art gallery” than “random frames hung on a wall”. Be sure to check out the end of this post for great gallery wall frame ideas. The exact frames I used are sold out, but these frames are nearly identical in the gray wash finish and I’ve used them in other areas in our home. These frames are also a nice affordable option that look very similar!
Any other ways you love to create affordable art for your home? I hope you enjoyed this simple update and ideas for affordable artwork!
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