Art can finish off a room like nothing else. But what if you don’t have money for “real art” or the discerning eye to even know what’s worth buying, you ask. There are lots of options for bringing art into your space, and many of them can be done by you as a DIY project, even if you’re pretty sure you lack any artistic ability.
Here are 5 of my favorite ideas for homemade art:
You can turn a whole wall into a giant art piece. I recently posted another blog about different wall treatments that you might want to check out. I’ve been thinking about bringing these colors into my bedroom and sketched out this wall treatment with watercolor paint. Transferring this design to a wall would only require 5 quarts of paint, some painter’s tape, and a level. You can find inspirations for color palettes on lots of online sites. Here’s one that I especially like.
You can also buy canvases, either new from an art supply store or used from a flea market or garage sale. You could create a similar effect to the sketch I did by painting each canvas one color with a paint roller and hanging them as a group like you’d find on a gallery wall. Other simple painting techniques for canvases include painting geometric shapes, covering the surface with an all-over pattern, or using stencils (which I detail in another blog). You can also get photos blown up and printed on canvas. Panoramic views printed over several canvases make for a great focal point in a room. I know Costco provides this option relatively inexpensively.
Framing turns anything into art. A baby’s dress, a grandfather’s medals, postcards from all your travels, favorite album covers, a favorite saying printed in a special font… you get the idea. You can buy off-the-shelf frames or have things custom framed by Framebridge (www.framebridge.com), either in 2- or 3-dimension, as a shadow box. Not only do you get instant art, you get to feature your memorabilia in a meaningful way instead of having them collect dust in a shoebox. See my Pinterest board for more ideas on how to display your keepsakes.
It’s also fun to put something 3-dimensional on the wall, like these decorative butterflies. You can get flowers, birds, and other insects to create a whole garden scenario. Can you imagine how adorable this would be for a kids’ room? For adults, there is a growing range of 3D tiles now on the market. You can create a wall that is as interesting to the touch as to the sight.
Of course art also includes accessories off the walls. You can create artistic vignettes from almost any collection of items. Collect vintage bottles? Décor books? Celadon vases? Give them a place of pride in your room. These succulents look as artistic as any sculpture against the smooth white tray. It’s all about how you exhibit your “art.”
I hope you’ve found inspiration here for introducing art into your space. I’ve got even more inspirational pieces on my Pinterest board “Art Ideas.” If you end up using one of these ideas, please share a photo on my Facebook page. If you have other ideas for easy art DIY’s, please share in the comments below.