I love what it adds to home. It makes it feel more lived in and comfy along with giving you a glimpse into the people that live in that home.
Right now my home would be screaming BORING! There is a huge blank space above my fireplace and an even bigger blank space in my bedroom. I already have an idea for the bedroom. Should be working on it this week and will have more on it later, but my fireplace still remains solo. I finally ordered a new mirror and it should be here this week. What I want to do above the fireplace only requires about 5 pieces of art, but I’ve been drawing blanks.
What I love the most about gallery walls is the mix of traditional and modern pieces. I love the oil paintings, mixed with the photographs and a sketch thrown in for good measure, but I don’t know about you, but I don’t just have an attic full of these things.
And while I love IKEA for their amazing chic and cheap frames I don’t want to buy my artwork there. I want things that look like I’ve been collecting them for years and years, but I’m coming up empty handed at home, which has lead to loads of stress this week for me.
Family photos are always an option, but I wouldn’t want it to end up looking too much like a page out of the Pottery Barn catalog. Also I know it’s our home, but I’m not sure if people want to be welcomed with massive pictures of me in my wedding dress.
I decided to do a little searching and found a couple of sites that offer unique artwork for a variety of budgets, but mostly importantly the chic and cheap category.
1. Etsy & Ebay: know everyone knows about these, but they must be part of the list.
2. Lumas: A huge variety of photographs, but it’s a little on the high side.
3. 20 x 200: Amazing resource. Lots to choose from and they all start at $20. Also they are limited editions so you know not everyone is going to have the same piece in their home.
4. View Ville: Filled with fine art photo prints. Plus Martha Stewart recommends them so it must be good.
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I am really lucky and have an artist as a mom – anything I am in the mood to have in our house, she usually whips up for us in a weekend!
I agree..I love them..i have one in my bedroom that is a mix of photogrpahs and art. its almost done..i'm just not sure how low to go on the wall haha.
Those are some great inspiration photos! I just made a gallery in our guest room/study and it definitely adds character to the space. No pics of it on the blog yet(just of our new comforter and my obsession with all things WHITE) but they'll definitely be coming soon! 🙂
AMAZING resource list – THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the time you must've put into the research!
My son's art, my own art (which sucks, but that's half the fun), cheap maps, family art, photographs.
We hang everything gallery style going up from our first to second floor staircase. We hang the cheap with the expensive, the gilded frames with the Ikea frames. I think it's the smorgasbord of art that really looks fresh.
Those sites are GREAT. I usually paint my own art. That way I get exactly the colors/subjects that I want and I get the creative outlet.
I can't paint very well, but I manage.
love gallery wall art. i am with you on some solo spaces in my house…above my bed too! i can't wait to see what you do there.
that last image is so pretty.
Love the inspiration photos! And very much appreciate the list too.
I have found, through blogging, some great artists like Fine Art Daily, PVE, and Bright, Bold, and Beautiful. I've bought a few originals, and will continue to add to my collection. Daily Painters.com is another good source.
Still debating the merits of doing a gallery wall of family pictures (including me in my wedding dress!) but would do that in the hallway.
What a great post! I love Etsy for cheap art. Also, they have some really awesome photography on Etsy. Another source is to attend artist galleries when they have open houses, etc (but this takes planning). In SF there are a few major events a year where artists in areas open their studios… my fave is the one in the Mission district.
p.s. I posted about an art source today, in fact. It's a website with art inspired by Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are"-some fabulous pieces!
I emailed the artist to see what he's selling his pieces for, but haven't heard back yet…
I am so with you on the gallery wall. I love an arrangement of framed art.
I don't have any resources to add… I started just decorating my walls with mirrors, kind of as a copout bc I was afraid of making a big art decision. Now I just go with what I like at the time (and what I can afford).
I'll tell you what I did with my one wall that I have an arrangement I'm happy with though. I had a mirror, three pieces of art (one is an oil painting and two are actually old fabric pieces in chunky wood frames), and 5 big letters for each member of the family. I wanted a random looking arrangement, but i'm a very symmetrical person when it comes to decorating. I took a picture of the pieces and the wall and then photoshopped the pieces around until I was happy with it. Then I just nailed them up according to my layout on my computer screen.
Another tip that I came across was to get all of your frames together, whether or not you have the photo/art to go in them. You can make the arrangement you like and use placeholders, like craft paper or fabric, until you have the photo or art to sub in. That way you have the arrangement you like before you're done collecting.
Hopefully that makes sense.
love a gallery wall!
I love them all, especially the top photo. It's amazing. Funny, I am in the midst of doing a "photo" project where I go through ALL of my old pictures and develop, mount and hang all over my house!
I like to hang things on my walls that mean something to me. Some are priceless because its art done by my Grandmother and others are just postcards from ebay.
That being said, I'm SURE there is a TON that you can come up with to put on your walls. How about a map of the town you live in, ebay has great ones, a map of where you and your husband went on your honeymoon, or maybe a watercolor from there, again Google the place and check ebay, bribe Patricia to do a little sketch of your puppies or a sketch of your first home together, you could frame fabric like an antique scarf or doily, a pretty painting of the flowers you carried on your wedding day, cute little sketches done by any nieces or nephews you have, old black and white photos of family members, take out a Polaroid camera and have some fun, make a DIY silhouette of you and your husband or the dogs
I'm sure I could go on and on…email me if you need more 🙂
Great list! I'd add antique stores/thrift stores/Goodwill, etc. Sometimes there is a bargain diamond in the rough (may need a new frame, or a cool frame may need new art!
And, make it yourself! I stenciled a poem onto a canvas for easy art, and anyone can finger paint. Commission some finger paintings from your kids or nieces and nephews.
Local colleges often have art shows too, but call ahead of time cause hours may be wacky (esp in summer).
I love gallery walls too. The fourth one is fabulous because of the variety and the last one makes me swoon because each pieces is so gorgeous. Okay, at the risk of pissing off a lot of people, I'm just going to say it. I can't stand mass produced art of any kind. There are so many artists creating such beautiful things at all price ranges, there is just no need for it. You've got a lot of great sources here already and my suggestions is to take your time collecting pieces you really like. Now let me piss off anyone I haven't yet by saying, I also agree with you about family photos. That's a big no in my book. Phew, I feel much better getting all that off my chest!
What a great list and such wonderful inspiration:) My artwork (the little I have) mostly comes from art fairs!
You would love the Paul Smith wall in the city, I go there from time to time to shop and always have to go downstairs and see that wall full of things. I love letters framed too.
All your photos are really nice.
I love a wall gallery.
thanks for the how-to. I'm trying to put a wall together now.
One of my fave ideas for artwork is the Portland Art Museum gift shop. They actually have some fantastic giftwrap that looks like art…fabulous to frame.
Also love Etsy.
Also love browsing Flickr and Photobucket…asking photogs if I can buy a copy of their work – to frame…
I love the collected look as well. They just draw me into a space. Nice inspirational shots/post. -susan
We have a family wall. It's in a place where family sees it regularly but guests have to work a little to find their way there. It is precious to us.
I love the little family wall with the fan. Looks like it's in a relatively private part of the house. Everybody has pictures like these and I'm sure each means something personal.The frames are relatively inexpensive.
The best things we have are our children's art. We use a lot of it. A pro went through their work to help us pick it out.
It's great to go to another home and see their art/photographs and how it's put together. It always interests me and I get more curious and less jealous and less critical as I've grown up.
Love this post! I want to do a gallery going up our stairs, but can't decide how/what to do! I think pictures would be nice and make it more homey since we have paintings hung everywhere else, but then it's hard to choose pictures. I also don't want it to end up being a montage of just me and the husband! Can't wait to see your own finished project.
p.s. Ikea frames are great!
you have got to check out mine…i just love it so..and its coming along very nicely i must ad…i just let it go allllll the way.
Thanks for all the sites for art work. I especially liked SCAD. I am determined to find affordable oil paintings..
Thank you so much for this post, and how much time must have gone into it. I am trying to find and buy meaningful things that don't cost an arm or a leg, too. And I would LOVE a gallery wall.
vintage printable seems brilliant. We have a tall wall that I am thinking of hanging 6 frames, but didn't want to do family pictures… this would be perfect!
I also love gallery walls. I have one in my home that's a mix of thrift store finds and it didn't cost me more than $10. You can see it on my blog. Let me know what you think.
What a great resource list! I hadn't thought about doing a gallery-style display above my mantle, but am now intrigued since I'm not crazy about my mantle decor anyway. Thanks for the ideas!
I want to do a gallery wall very badly but feel your same pains, I don't want it to look like I big-boxed it all in one day. But the problem is, I'm so impatient that I want to have it done in one day! The only thing I can think of doing is to hit up a bunch of eclectic spots in one weekend and see what I come up with, then I can swap out as I find even more unique, beautiful things. Thanks for the extremely helpful list!
Great, great post. Adore the first image.
isn't it wonderful when you can create a gallery wall that looks effortless?
That top one is my fave of the bunch!
I adore the look of gallery walls…and that resource list is fabulous…Thank you!
I'm currently modeling my room, and art wokr will also be an issue for me, seeming as I'm in to pop art and that stuff tends to be on the exspensive side. What I am doing for sure, however, I'm taking a silver metal frame and I'm framing a matriel that I love. I suggest that idea, if your interested of course.
Good luck with your home!
Like you, I LOVE gallery walls. I often wonder how long it takes folks to purchase, collect, and assemble these things! I am a fan of the eclectic, but I'm kind of stuck on creating one for my walls, as all the design possibilities are overwhelming. Do I use poster prints? My own sketches/artwork? Photographs from my travels? All of them? (Yes, but in what arrangement? In what sizes? With what color/style/shape frames?)
Argh! Decisions, decisions!