Have you recently moved into your home or have been living there for a while and fancy sprucing things up? Artwork on the walls of your home is one of the best ways to add life and character to a space but finding the right art can be difficult and expensive. According to Vox, a framed art piece can cost over £11,000 - even more depending on the size and medium! There are many online stores that offer beautifully crafted, unique art for at affordable prices. Here are a few suggestions to get you hunting for the perfect picture.
Etsy is an online marketplace offering vintage, handmade and personalised goods from independent artists. It’s a great place to look for one-of-a-kind art pieces. A lot of sellers offer to frame their work, however some only offer the print so here is a guide on how to frame artwork. It’s helpful for you to establish the type of art you enjoy and your budget first before searching. Do you like nature? Portraits? Abstract? Photographs? Knowing what you’re looking for can help to filter your search results.
Online Art Galleries
There is a huge selection of online art galleries to browse. These websites usually offer original pieces from established and emerging artists. Check out Artgallery.co.uk and Rise Art. Both websites are easy to use, give you the option to filter results based on the art medium and some allow you to pay for more expensive pieces using interest-free monthly instalment plans. Buying art from online art galleries is a also fantastic way to support new artists.
Antique paintings can be very pricey but depending on where you go, you might be able to haggle a good deal. Head over to Portobello Market to find a selection of rare antiques dating back to the late nineteenth and twentieth century. The antique market is open on Saturdays. So why not spend next weekend sifting through The World Famous Gallery or Twinning Antiques? You might find a rare piece of history to hang on your wall for an affordable price!
The Tate Shop
The Tate Modern has an online shop offering 1,134 prints from various artists with prices ranging from £1 to £4000. The best feature on the Tate Shop is the ability to visualise how art would look in different rooms, you can change the wall colour, frame types and print size.
Affordable Art Fair
Attending an art fair is a great way to network and meet new artist. It’s also a great place to find an affordable masterpiece. You can book tickets for The London Art Fair, exhibiting over 100 selected galleries and celebrating the best in Modern and Contemporary Art. There is also the Affordable Art Fair, which is a great place to check out for contemporary art on a budget. The event is hosted in Hamburg, and all artworks are priced under £6,342.
If you’re looking for a unique piece of art with sentimental value, ask an artistic family member if they would like to create something special to display in your home. They will be flattered that you asked, and you will have a unique, individual art piece that inspires nostalgia and happy memories. It’s also completely free!
These suggestions show that you don’t need to break the bank to find great artwork for your home. Remember that art is completely subjective and unique to each person. Adding art is a great way to make a house feel like a home.
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Written by the SO Resi In-House Team