Wall art transforms a house into a home. From modern prints to photos of your favourite humans and furry companions, the wall art you choose tells the story you want it to, whether that’s showing off your personality, making a statement or sharing memories. It’s a fun part of decorating, but going gallery-shopping to kit out your home with paintings and original prints comes with a hefty price tag. I’m sharing some affordable ways to fill up those blank walls, from where to source prints and posters online to more creative solutions.
Online sources for affordable prints and posters
Papio Press’ beautiful prints remind me of folklore stories – they feature animals, quotes and botanicals. Designed by a husband and wife duo, Papio Press is also a conscious choice for those who like to shop small. Nearly all of their products are printed in the UK by other small businesses. Plus, the paper they use is 100% recycled. Prices are very affordable and they stock a range of stationery to complement the prints.
Desenio creates Scandi-inspired poster prints of botanicals, florals, landscapes and nearly everything in between. Colours are mostly muted or moody – ideal for sophisticated areas of the house. Even being based in Sweden, delivery times are pretty good and prices even better.
Rifle Paper Co.
Created by another husband and wife team, this time from the States, Rifle Paper Co. is now becoming increasingly popular for its colourful and cheerful stationery and prints in the UK. To inject colour and fun into a room, or to add to a feature wall, prints from Rifle Paper Co. are the perfect choice. I particularly love their maps and impressions of different cities around the world.
Trouva is a great place to discover new illustrators and support small businesses. You’ll also find Rifle Paper Co. and Papio Press in some of Trouva’s boutiques too. Prices do range, but there’s definitely something for everyone.
Other creative, affordable ways to fill your walls
Wallpaper samples make a good choice for substitute wall art because they’re very affordable, or even better, free! Plus, they’re generally quite thick and of good quality. Choose statement wallpaper or bold patterns for the most impact – botanical prints are always a good choice. Like wallpaper, high quality wrapping paper from Oliver Bonas, Katie Leamon and similar also makes for an affordable option, especially for larger frames.
Creating a feature wall? Postcards, greetings cards or even quote cards from somewhere like Kikki.K can all make great additions to a gallery wall space. You can often find miniature versions of your favourite paintings and prints too.
After writing this, I’m itching to update my prints. Renting makes covering your home in wall art slightly more challenging, but the non-wall damaging alternatives to nails are truly great. Whoever invented Command Strips deserves some sort of wall-related accolade. Have you got plans to create a gallery wall or update any blank spaces this year?
with love, b.xo