Do you have an at-home gallery? I love collecting art. I cannot begin to tell you how many frames and canvases I have laying around at home. When I first saw this dining room image, I thought, hey! I have a postcard just like it! And immediately started thinking, where can I purchase this large print? As I got to reading the story, the editors actually had the Josef Hoffmann postcard scanned and blown up. Voilà! What a great and easy way of decorating a room without breaking the bank. I have to admit, I've been very fortunate in finding original artwork at flea markets and antique stores. Friends often comment on how lucky I am on my finds. I guess luck does have a lot to do with it, but persistence is the key. My one advice would be: always, ALWAYS, look through the pile of frames in the back where no one wants to. You may find an original Calder lithograph just like I did, authenticated with an embossed cachet! Anyway, I decided to play curator for the day and scouted through Etsy to find some one-of-a-kind pieces. Eclectic enough that could work as a grouping but still makes a strong statement when hung or displayed individually.
An art junkie by day and decorator by night, I've never met an empty wall I didn't hate. In fact, I tend to go overboard, using up as much surface area as possible to display my various collections, artwork and wall coverings. So whether you've fallen victim to EWS (Empty Wall Syndrome) or are just hoping to spice up your favorite space, these three budget ideas for empty walls are sure to make any room snap, crackle and pop!:
1. Have some spare paper laying around your craft drawer? Channel your inner Skinny Laminx, download a few stencil patterns and create a stunning paper cutout installation with some handy clothespins and string.
Total Cost? Free, unless you need to re-stock your clothespins.
2. Not quite as crafty as the above cutouts require? Grab some bright yellow masking tape (or painter's tape!) like Nidhi and display your favorite inspirational images, photos and greeting cards. Instant color solution!
Total Cost? $4 for the bright masking tape
3. Not one to keep a chicken coop in your backyard? Grab an old frame and use that chicken wire to craft an impromptu inspiration board for your favorite images.
Total Cost? $8 for chicken wire
That's it! You've got no excuses for an empty, boring wall. Time to get to work!