Decorating Your Home: Art on a Dime

in , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, July 07, 2020
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I’ve been writing about decorating my apartment for, at least, two years (it’s possible it’s longer than that, but I’m not going to check). If you follow me on Instagram, you will see I am almost there. My bedroom, living room, bathroom, and dining room space are all done…except for one thing, artwork.*

I’ve learned that artwork is expensive. Well, not the artwork itself (depending on your preferences), but the frames and shipping. I focused on buying prints because I liked the aesthetic and felt it worked in my space well; prints weren’t that much money, at most $30. But the shipping, because I purchased prints from France and the UK, cost about $50, and the frames…let’s just say I’ve got some collaborations in the work to decrease the cost. Despite my rather expensive route, adding art to your space doesn’t have to be expensive.

Make Your Own

My original plan for decorating my space was creating my own art, and if I hadn’t thought of a different aesthetic, I probably would’ve done so. Creating art is a fraction of the cost compared to buying, and even better, you won’t have to scour the internet to find the right color or size.

If you’re not an artist, don’t worry. YouTube has many DIY videos for abstract art. Also, you can use Canva or PicMonkey to create prints or quotes and print them out at FedEx on high quality paper for less than $2.

Find Downloadable Prints

If you don’t want to make art, Etsy is a great place to download prints and some artists offer downloadable prints on their website. A downloadable print will cost $10 at most, if that, and you can often print them out on a variety of sizes to fit them perfectly in your space.

A word of warning, there are some Etsy accounts that steal art from artists and sell them as downloadable prints. I’m not going to tell you what to do or not, but if you only want to purchase from the artist, consider doing a reverse image search first to see if the print is being sold by the artist or someone else.

Art Stores Have Cheap Frames

If you told me ten years ago that picture frames and carpets were a lot more expensive than you think, I wouldn’t have believed you, but as an adult…yeah. Picture frames can be pretty expensive, especially if you get them custom, which you may have to invest in for oddly shaped art. But stores like Michaels, JoAnn Fabric, and World Market have good quality, inexpensive frames for more common sizes.

Another tip, if you do have a pretty awkward art size (for example, I have two 13x16 sizes), consider buying a larger frame from one of the above stores, and purchasing a mat and getting it cut to fit the art and frame. This option is more expensive than getting a premade frame, but a lot cheaper than getting a custom frame. You can buy a mat and get it cut at any store that makes custom picture frames. I recommend bringing in the art and frame so that it can be cut to the proper size.

* Technically, I need a bed too, but I’m putting that on the back burner for now.

How do you decorate your home on a dime?

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