Wednesday, December 14, 2011

budget wall decor ideas

I love art. I find it so fascinating how colors, textures, shapes, and subjects can combine to evoke a certain emotion. Some art can be very expensive, but it doesn't have to be! Here are a few wall decor ideas you can do on a budget [and you don't have to be super artsy to do these!]

Easy: One simple and cost effective way to bring some style to your walls is by framed art prints. I suggest stalking Hobby Lobby's weekly ad regularly to find out which weeks they are offering 50% posters and 50% frames [these are usually on separate weeks.] Prints are simply a cheaper version of the more expensive real-deal canvas, but if you pair the poster with a nice, thick black frame your art looks way more pricey than it actually was! Mattes are also a great addition to add a gallery vibe.

Medium: Take photos of anything you love--from a vacation spot to your own neighborhood--and edit it using Picnik. This site is free and lets you adjust aspects such as size, sharpness, brightness, contrast [and many other fun features] to create a gorgeous photo. Save your edited photo[s] and order prints through a site like Walgreens or Mpix and enlarge them to whatever size you want. Display them in inexpensive frames from Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx etc. and you have one-of-a-kind artwork!

Challenging: Again, I recommend stalking Hobby Lobby's weekly ad or Michaels for their awesome sales on art supplies. Weekly ads come out every Sunday. I love to get canvases for 40-60% off [depending on the week]. Buy some cheap acrylic paint from the craft aisle and get to work! Use colors you already have in your home or subjects that you love as inspiration. Work with that and you will end up with your very own masterpiece!

I hope these tips inspire you to create your own artwork! It can really be a great conversation piece in your home and also adds a personalized touch since you literally created something that is one-of-a-kind! xo.

**Photo and painting are my own creations. Framed poster of Brooklyn Bridge was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

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