How to decorate with art fearlessly and without breaking the bank

How to decorate with art fearlessly and without breaking the bank

Placing art on your walls can be one of the most intimidating things. It’s downright nerve wracking. You hang a picture… oops needs to be more to the right. Oops, nope, more to the left. Before you know it, you’re left with five odd holes hiding behind your art. Yes, I’ve been there. At least it’s an easy patch job. And thank goodness Command Strips were invented. Even more difficult… what to hang?

First things first. Don’t wonder what other people will think of your art. You need to love it because you need to live with it. Every day. Second, art doesn’t only mean paintings. Lastly, art doesn’t have to be expensive. There you go. Lose the fear because you’re not going to care what anyone thinks of your art, and you’re only going to hang what you love, and you’re not gong to spend a lot to achieve it.

Go searching for old weathered frames and new frames at a discount store, consignment shop, neighbors garbage (Just kidding. Or am I?). Frames in good condition, bad condition (glue works miracles), any condition. Pick out various materials, colors and shapes and sizes. Then frame whatever you’d like to see on your wall. Remember, if you can hang it, it’s art. And anything framed well will look great on your wall. Here are a few inexpensive ideas:

  1. Paper items are limitless, like: menus, wallpaper, scrap-booking paper, calendar pictures, newspaper articles, postcards, pages from old books, inspirational handwritten notes, kids’ art, a play bill, candy wrappers…you love it, hang it!
  2. Pressed dried flowers are always beautiful. It’ll take a little time to dry out flowers, but well worth it. Natural, pretty and simple. A great DIY that will look amazing. Visit The Spruce to learn how.
  3. Polaroid cameras ruled in the 80s and 90s. Of course, what's old is new – retro rules today. Polaroid cameras are not so bad in the price area and there're other instant film cameras that can fit into a tight budget. They’re super fun to use. Even more fun to frame the photos. Plus, even if the picture you take isn’t the greatest. It’ll still look cool. Photograph nature, friends, puppies, whatever you want to see up on your wall. Snap. Shoot. Frame. And hang.
  4. Music lover? Hang record album covers. There was a great deal of time that went into designing album covers. And some of them are works of art. Some of the most iconic covers came from bands like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, U2, David Bowie… the list goes on. You probably don't want to find and hang these albums because they go for a pretty price. Try yard sales and vintage record stores. Here you can pick up inexpensive albums from unknown bands and musicians with great covers.
  5. Do you have any old clothes, pillow covers, curtains, dish towels or quilts you have a hard time parting? Because of the pretty pattern? Or memories? They may be worn, but a portion of the fabric may be frame worthy. You could hang a collage of pretty patterns. If you're a jokster, you can even hang t-shirts with funny sayings.
Keep in mind your final framed pieces of art don’t all have to be hung on a wall. Don’t forget about bookshelves. I like to place framed art on the floor against a wall to fill an empty void. Place art on top of your desk, a window ledge or door frame. Now go be fearless!