When it comes to decorating your home, blank walls can be one of the most intimidating areas to deal with. Where do you even start? It can be an overwhelming decor project, not to mention the often high cost of beautiful pieces of art. While we're big fans of finding treasures at flea markets and thrift stores, it can take a lot of time (and energy) to sift through it all. You're also probably going to want a mix of old and new items to make the wall feel fresh and modern, along with mixing your styles as a couple. Luckily, there are a lot of great sources for amazing affordable art that will make this task so much easier (and dare we say, fun?!).
There are a couple of directions to go when it comes to filling up that empty area behind your sofa. If your space is already quite full with colorful accessories, pillows, and patterns, you might want to consider using just one large statement piece to give some breathing room to the space. But if you already have a collection of framed pieces started, or the room is fairly minimal to begin with, a gallery wall will make the room come alive with color and texture.
If you're going with the multipiece gallery wall option, there are several things to consider when it comes to arranging the artwork. You can go with a range of shapes and sizes in an organic display or you can hang pieces that are all same size, in neat organized rows (this works best if you're featuring a series of prints that are almost the same, but slightly different, like an edition of botanical prints). Some people like to have the frames be consistent (for example, all white wood like in an art gallery) but it's up to you—if your decor style is a little more quirky or you want to inject a whimsical vibe, a mix of traditional and modern frame styles will add visual interest to the wall. Same goes for the styles of the artworks—try pairing a graphic, modern print (black and white is always good for balancing out tons of color) with a soft landscape and see what happens. It could be a match made in heaven!
Before you commit to the final placement on the wall, spend some time laying out all the pieces you have and selecting your favorites (this is definitely a task best done with a friend or your partner!). Sometimes less is more, and just because grandma's sailboat painting doesn't feel right with a modern line drawing doesn't mean it can't work elsewhere in your home. Trust your instincts, have fun, and know that you can always change it!
Here are 14 of our favorite pieces and top sources for the best affordable art out there.
Minted Abstract Layers I by Kelly Nasuta
Minted is one of our absolute favorites for the vast array of prints that they carry (in literally every size, style and color). It's the quintessential one-stop-shop where you can order prints and the frames at the same time, so your pieces will arrive ready to hang.
From $21 (SHOP NOW)
Urban Outfitters Palm Print Pot by Samantha Totty
A graphic black and white element is always a good idea in the mix, especially when there is a lot of color happening elsewhere on the wall. Urban Outfitters always has a great assortment of inexpensive prints and photos, from dreamy beach scenes to minimalist line drawings.
From $19 (SHOP NOW)
Anthropologie Over the Border by Shelley Hull
Leave it to Anthro to provide a selection of affordable art that perfectly marries classic and boho aesthetics. We love the beaded gilt frame on this moody landscape—mix it in with some of your more minimal modern pieces for a touch of old-world romanticism.
$178 (SHOP NOW)
One King's Lane Diver II by William Stafford
This site is a treasure trove of decor gems, with its artwork collection being one of the highlights. In addition to their group of modern photographs and figure drawings, keep a watch out for their epic vintage poster sales.
$295 (SHOP NOW)
All Modern Dusk in the Water by Morgan J. Hartley
It can take a while to sift through the wall art section of All Modern, but it can definitely be worth the search. The size of this printed canvas goes up to 40" x 60", making it a great option for a single-piece gallery wall (who wouldn't want to look at the waves rolling in every day?).
From $84 (SHOP NOW)
Artfinder Leeds Print Workshop Screenprint on Paper by Richard Marsdon
Artfinder has a massive selection of well-priced prints and photos. This saturated abstract composition would pair well with a monochromatic figure drawing or graphic black and white print.
From $42 (SHOP NOW)
Nordstrom Ocean Art Print Set by Deny Designs
This five-piece set is perfect for a graphic no-fail wall arrangement over a sofa or a bed. Nordstrom carries several styles of gallery wall sets, from botanical illustrations to watercolor patterns.
$99 (SHOP NOW)
The Printable Studio Mid-Century Modern Art Print
One way to save money with artwork is to print it yourself. Etsy has a great assortment of print-your-own designs (you download a pdf and print it whatever size you like, whether at a local print shop or online).
$6.50 (SHOP NOW)
Society 6 Minimal line drawing of woman's folded arms by the Colour Study
We love the elegant lines of this simple, evocative drawing. Society 6 has a huge amount of options to choose from (and in addition to wall art, you can also get their images printed on pillows, phone cases and other fun accessories).
$19 (SHOP NOW)
Artfully Walls Bait and Switch by Kate Castelli
This site features curated gallery walls, often selected by designers or influencers, to help with the selection process (you can even buy the whole gallery wall at once!). They offer tons of great frame options to choose from, including everything from super thin metallics to vintage-style bead-board.
From $35 (SHOP NOW)
20 x 200 Sargassum Bacciferum by Anna Atkins
You can find everything from cyanotype nature prints like this one to poppy abstract pieces in this extensive collection of artwork, sourced from a range of emerging artists with varied styles.
From $24 (SHOP NOW)
Limited by Saatchi Art How to Break Free by Elizabeth Lennie
Saatchi Art is an amazing (but oftentimes pricey) resource for some of the best artwork out there. We're so excited about their new Limited site, which offers limited edition prints by some of their top artists for a fraction of the price of the originals.
$155 (SHOP NOW)
Eventide Collective Rolling Dawn by Jamie Street
For photo-lovers, Eventide Collective offers up a curated collection of moody, evocative images by a group of talented photographers.
From $50 (SHOP NOW)
Tappan Collective Heparin by Marleigh Culver
Tappan Collective features emerging artists with a mix of highly curated original and reproduction pieces (we love the overall dreamy vibe and color palette of the artwork).
From $140 (SHOP NOW)