17 Budget-Friendly Ways to Display Your Art
Whether you’re looking to showcase a painting, a poster, or your favorite printed photos, the price tag that comes along with professional frames and mattes is never a fun expense. If you’re on the hunt for budget-friendly alternatives for displaying your favorite pieces, there are tons of creative ways to go about showing off your unique wall art *and* getting crafty with your space. Scroll on to check out 17 affordable ways to make a bold statement without going over budget.
1. Highlighted Entryways: Door frames are often left untouched, and we can’t really figure out why. These underutilized areas are the perfect place to hang prints of your fave peeps. Plus, you won’t even need a ruler or level to get everything aligned, since you’re working with straight edges already! (via A Beautiful Mess)
2. Photograph Layers: Create a cohesive collage and hang it on any wall that could use a little extra oomph. Layer your fave photos from a vacation or birthday party to highlight those memories in your home. (via Home and Delicious)
3. DIY Instagram Polaroid Block Gallery Wall: Glue your photos onto wood blocks to create added dimension that really makes your snapshots pop. Polaroid photos have a versatile nature and can be displayed in a variety of different ways, but this particular setup feels profesh AF. (via A Joyful Riot)
4. Wire Grid: Use a standard grid frame to hang your favorite small-scale prints and turn an ordinary workspace into a playful representation of your personality. Bonus: It’ll allow you to update your photos any time your workspace needs a refresh. Just use binder clips or string to keep everything hangin’ pretty. (via Kate La Vie)
5. Covered Walls: You don’t need to stick to a designated area of a wall when it comes to showing off things that inspire you — pick your favorite color tape and simply stick all of your pieces up on the wall. Decorate it from floor to ceiling to really make a statement. (via Wonderlass)
6. Combining Prints, Quotes, and Photos: Group similar prints and color palettes to create a styled section of your wall. Layer these slightly on top of one another to bring the look completely together. Use double-sided tape on the backs, rather than having visible tape on the edges. (via Glitter Guide)
7. Frames and Binder Clips: If you love the look of a gallery wall but don’t want to spend so much money on framing every piece, this is the trick for you. Frame only some of the (perhaps the more valuable) artwork and fill in the empty spaces by hanging other prints with clips. You’ll get the look you want without the hefty cost. (via A Beautiful Mess)
8. Polaroids Organized to Perfection: Who needs classic art when you can make this masterpiece on your own? Taking the time to make sure everything is lined up perfectly really goes a long way. (via Apartment Therapy)
9. Driftwood + String: Grab a hole puncher and get to knot-tying. You can assemble a mobile of sorts in only a few minutes using a branch, but feel free to grab whatever matches your personal design aesthetic, whether it’s a copper pipe or a piece of a gilded frame. (via Cocorinna)
11. DIY String Light Statement: Go boho AF with a few string lights in your bedroom or living room. Head to a craft store and pick up a pack of clothespins, then hang tiny photos and prints along the exposed wire. (via Urban Outfitters blog)
12. Favorites Without Frames: You can create a complete gallery wall without any of the frames. Grab some tape and arrange your prints as neatly or haphazardly as you like. No measuring, no hammering, and no nails required. (via Apartment Therapy)
13. Don’t Underestimate Corkboards: These may seem like they’re from your childhood, but they can really do wonders for decor, especially if you spray paint them first. Pin anything that you want to show off or what inspires you, or create a few vision boards for those #2017goals. (via Glitter Guide)
14. Ledges: Slim ledges are perfect for showing off gorgeous photos. Use clipboards or sturdier paper to make sure that whatever you’re displaying stands tall. (via A Beautiful Mess)
15. Washi Tape Frames: Tape is temporary, so have fun with it! Let your creativity really come out to play by using washi tape to create makeshift frames around your artwork. From standard clean lines to intricate layers and shapes, the end result is totally up to you. (via Design Sponge)
16. Giant Board of Office Inspiration: Using a pin board in your office space is essential for those who like to see their inspiration right in front of them. Combine some of your own photos and art with cutouts from magazines to create a mood board like no other. (via The Everygirl)
17. Color Play: Play around with filters and add bright colors to your pictures before you print them out. Your own photos will instantly turn into unique artwork that you can proudly hang on any wall. (via Poppytalk)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)