When I redid my home last year, I went looking for new wall art. I wanted pieces that were more modern and simplistic in style. Living in New Orleans, I'm surrounded by local artists so I thought I'd be able to buy a few pieces pretty cheaply. I was wrong. Most wall art I loved was well over $1,000. So I compromised with myself - I bought a few cheaper pieces and found other ways to decorate the rest of my walls.
Here are my favorite alternative types of wall art
Framed scrapbook paper
Scrapbook paper styles are almost endless, and some pieces are truly a work of art. Best of all, you can buy scrapbook paper for less than $2.00 a page and stick it into a remanufactured frame - no need for custom framing jobs.
I used framed scrapbook paper to fill up a blank space between two doors in my hallway. I chose three pieces from the same series in colors that complimented my house and popped them in simple white frames specially designed for scrapbook pages. It took five minutes to complete and looks a lot like simple modern art.
You really don't have to be an artist to make your own art. All you need is a canvas and whatever medium you want - like paint, charcoal or even markers. Since you're choosing the design, you can make art to match your house, not the other way around.
If you're really unsure of your artistic skills, buy a few stencils from your local hobby store. I created small wall art for my bathroom using stencils and a few jars of paint. Each piece has a different, simple nature theme - like a branch, a leaf, and a single flower. I spent less than an hour making each one and they look perfect thanks to the stencil.
Those vinyl wall stickers are very popular right now. You can create the same look yourself using a canvas or poster board and your printer. For example, I wanted something relating to my hometown so I printed different street names in my city in a large, bold font. Then I cut out each name and glued them onto poster board in a vertical pattern. The end result is a bold statement work of art that I hung in my living room.
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