3 ways to add Meaningful & Affordable Art to your Home
A key way to add warmth, interest and personality to your home is through art.
What to do though when money is tight?
I have some solutions to this pressing quandary – ok not so pressing maybe – but art is an essential way to add personality and meaning to your space and…turn an ordinary room into a WOW space.
It doesn’t have to be expensive to be meaningful and beautiful. And, since helping people decorate their home on a budget is one of my passions I put together some affordable art tips.
Tip #1: Enlarge and frame your travel photos
You know you have lots of travel photos lurking about. Turn them into framed masterpieces that have special meaning to you and your family!
A family trip overseas and enlarged photos taken by my amateur photographer teenage son has created an attractive accent wall in my bedroom. As a bonus, looking at my photo wall brings back great memories of a wonderful family trip.
These 11 x 14 photo enlargements cost $3.99 each at The Costco Online Photo Centre. It is a simple process to upload your photos online – they basically walk you through it. And, orders are typically ready to be picked up the next day at the Costco warehouse. Staples also has an online photo service which allows you to upload your photos. I’ve been happy with Costco – they are fast and cheap!
Tip #2: Download free online photos
My bathroom has a large wall which simply cried out for some large artwork. But…I needed something specific – beach photos – trouble is I haven’t been on a beach for a long time, which is extremely sad, I know.
However, do you know that there are web sites with search engines which gather 1000s of photos from public sources?
All-free-download.com is one such website and has a huge data base of free images.
I found these free photos online, downloaded them, resized them to 11 inches by 14 inches with photo editing software and uploaded them to the Costco photo centre.
The neutral warm gray walls, white painted wainscoting and turquoise painted furniture are highlighted by the sun, sea and clouds in these tranquil beach scenes. Simple white matted frames compliment the white fixtures, trim and accents in this bathroom. Not to be too personal but guess what the view is for anyone who happens to use the toilet in this room. That’s right – beautiful beach images!
Tip #3: Frame high-quality calender art
Not just any calender art mind you. It has to be special!
I happen to love birds and found the perfect vintage bird illustrations to frame from Cavallini & Co., a quality publishing company based in San Francisco. They publish unique and beautiful calenders based on archival antique illustrations, with a new collection each year. The pages are printed on thick high quality Italian paper and are perfect for framing.
I added these three lovely framed bird illustrations to the guest room.
You can purchase the new 2015 Bird calender at Amazon.ca for $24.58 (+ free shipping) – not bad for 12 frameable high quality images.
This calender’s description: “charming English and German hand-colored plates originate from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Images capture various species and their eggs in exquisite detail, depicting nests twig by twig and wings feather by feather.”
I think this calender of vintage travel posters would look fantastic framed. Also available from Amazon.ca for $24.58.
I usually purchase my frames from Michaels. And, my best tip about shopping from Michael’s is – never pay full price for any item there. They have great weekly specials and also issue coupons every week. Visit Michaels.ca to print off coupons for the week.
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I have lots more ideas for budget decorating with flair!