One of my favorite parts of my job is going art shopping with clients and finally, installing art in completed projects. For me, art is the final touch that really makes a space come alive. If a room were an outfit, art would be the jewelry. Some outfits demand a statement necklace or a bunch of bangles or an antique watch – curating art for a room is similar. I’ve been lucky enough to see some serious, museum-worthy art up close and in person. If you can afford museum-worthy art, more power to ya, but as for the rest of us, I’m going to fill you in on how to find original, affordable art without stepping foot in a chain home decor store.
UGallery features original works from emerging artists. You can search by medium, size, color, and even for ideas by room. Picks by guest curators also helps to simplify the selection process. UGallery has a vast and impressive inventory! The piece featured above is called “When Your Eyes Lose Their Sparkle Wear Bigger Diamonds” by Jenny Hambleton and I am seriously obsessed with it and its title!
Minted is a website that represents independent artists and holds competitions in which submissions that are most liked by the public are offered spots to sell on the website. Minted is probably my personal favorite when it comes to affordable art websites. I really love the content, and the vetting process insures quality. You can also have your piece framed (great selection of frames), so it will arrive ready to be hung to your exact specifications. The piece featured above, “Seaside” by Alexandra Nazari, is a photograph that seems to be inspired by some big name (museum-worthy) photographers, and it is sure to brighten up any room.
It goes without saying that One Kings Lane has a lot to offer when it comes to affordable decor, and their art selection is no exception. While most pieces are reproductions, you can find good sizes at good prices and pieces come framed and ready to be hung. I’m a fan of “Pink and Orange” by Jennifer Garrido (featured above).
The Lost Art Salon offers antique, vintage, and historic pieces – a very electric and inspiring mix of art. This San Fran based gallery (with easy online accessibility) is really cool in that you can get pieces with a past, pieces with a story. The unique piece featured above, Woodcut on Paper by Jennings Tofel, comes with a vintage frame and a bio of the artist. You better snatch it up before I do…
Zatista is a website offering 100% original pieces of art at reasonable prices. This site was developed by Ebay veterans and prides itself on making the art buying process easy (and affordable). Along with a large inventory, I like this website because it offers a lot of info to educate art buyers. The piece above is called “French Dining Room” by Cecilia Rosslee. I’m drooling over Cecilia’s gorgeous interior paintings.
Society6 represents and reproduces the work of thousands of artists around the globe. There are lots and lots and lots of great prints at affordable sizes with the option of framing as well. I love the simplicity of “Close” by Quibe (pictured above). The prices on Society6 are really tough to beat!
Happy walls, happy life! Go get yourself some affordable art! Have any tips for finding affordable art? Please leave your recommendations in the comments section below!