One of the most exciting things about moving into a new place is being able to decorate it. If you’re just starting out, chances are you don’t have a lot of art or wall décor. Acquiring it all at once (along with furniture and other new dwelling essentials) can be expensive. And often, it’s hard to find art you love on-demand. Luckily, there are many easy ways to put art on your walls—without breaking your wallet.
1. Paint it yourself
You don’t have to be a self-proclaimed DIYer to make your own wall décor. Pinterest has tons of painting ideas you can use for inspiration, and you can pick up canvases and acrylic paint for less than $20 at a local craft store. If you need a little guidance, consider taking a canvas painting class. Many paint-your-own pottery places offer wine and canvas nights. Groupon is a great place to check for art class deals in your location (just search “painting class” and see what comes up).
2. Build your own gallery wall
Making your own photo wall doesn’t require any crafting abilities. All you need are photos you like and a few frames. You can frame pictures of your friends, vacation photos, inspirational quotes, or print different colored designs from the internet. Find cheap frames at Target, or pick some up at a local thrift store and refresh them with a new coat of paint. You can hang various sizes and shapes for an eye-catching effect that’s completely personalized to what you like.
3. Shop for handmade items
Etsy is a great place to find handmade art that suits your interests. You can find prints, watercolors, photographs and much more. You can buy physical art pieces or purchase digital copies that you can print and frame yourself if you want to save money. This cute canvas of otters holding hands could double as the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. This gold foil print is fitting for those with wanderlust. You can also find artist renditions of your favorite movie posters, skylines of your favorite town, or quotes you love. The possibilities are almost endless.
There are many ways to decorate your living space in a personalized way without spending a ton of money. What are your favorite ways to decorate? Snap a picture and tweet it to us @litdarling!
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