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.