Having white walls or blank walls may keep your home simple and if that is the direction you want to go than more power to you. However, decorating your home can be a creative decision you can make once and leave alone or continually change as the mood inspires you.

Many people would like to put some art on their walls. There are multiple ways to go about this. The most important idea to keep in mind, is to hang what you love.


Spend little to none:

* Frame your own or your children’s artwork and hang
* Rent art-work – The library in my hometown, there's an option to check out art pieces for a few weeks.
* Don’t forget the trash – One person’s tired picture is a ‘new’ one for you
* Search your closets or your parent’s basement for those old ‘masterpieces’ created in school
* Old calendars can be a great resource for single framed or collage art to hang

Spend a little more:

* Check online at eBay, Craigslist, or Etsy for some original art from an unknown artist – prices vary
* Pick up cheap pieces at yard sales and thrift stores
* Check with schools or colleges art departments to see if students are selling their work
* Find photos on photobucket to buy and frame for your home – example
* Enlarge existing photos and frame them

Spend a lot more:

* Check out local, neighborhood art galleries – not the high end ones and go with a budget in mind
* Take a day to visit an art festival – have some ideas in mind of what you are looking for as well

If artwork isn’t for you - alternatives:

* Hang a quilt or blanket that you like the design on
* Gather your stuffed animals, action figures or dolls and make multiple shelves for them to sit on against one wall or two
* If you have a collection of hats, clocks, sports items or toys - bring them out of hiding and enjoy them.
* Paste together a collage that inspires you: quotes, story rejection letters, pictures from magazines and so on.
* More of a handy person? Make a shadow box and place your keepsakes in them.

7 Comments

  1. Carrie // Friday, April 09, 2010 11:43:00 AM  

    just a couple months ago i matted and framed some prints my great grandmother had saved from a 1930s calendar. they're perfect in my dining room.

  2. Dawn // Friday, April 09, 2010 11:45:00 AM  

    @Carrie
    Oooo, historical items, love that idea!

  3. Jenna Ann // Friday, April 09, 2010 12:14:00 PM  

    LOVE the photo!!! LOL

  4. Noadi // Friday, April 09, 2010 12:16:00 PM  

    Art festivals aren't necessarily a spend a lot more option. Prices vary widely depending on the festival, those which are juried (meaning artists have to please a jury of artists or gallery owners to get in) tend to be much higher priced than those that any artist display.

    I LOVE Etsy for buying art, I've ended up with some fantastic pieces that I love and have a few others marked to buy later when I have the time to frame them. I used to work framing prints so I know how to cut mats myself but if you want nicely matted framed pieces you can buy precut mats in standard sizes from art supply stores (especially online ones like Dick Blick) for very cheap and an inexpensive print can be made to look very expensive if it's matted.

  5. Dawn // Friday, April 09, 2010 1:02:00 PM  

    @Noadi
    The art festivals around Colorado that I have been too, have always been a higher price than I'm willing to pay. Guess I'm not going to the right ones. ha!

  6. Jennifer // Saturday, April 10, 2010 12:02:00 PM  

    Love the picture!

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