Not only can selecting and buying art be expensive, it can also be quite permanent. If you've shelled out beaucoup bucks for a work of art, I imagine it's something that you'll be displaying for a long time. However, if you want easy, inexpensive art to accompany your current pieces and decor, there is nothing easier than this:
Framing paper, wallpaper or fabric.
You can purchase scrapbook paper for 50 cents/sheet, use remnants from old sewing projects or pick up wallpaper samples for virtually free art. All you need to have are the frames, which is an inexpensive investment when sourced from IKEA or thrift shops (anything can be transformed with a little elbow grease & paint!).
Even with the wall color and furnishings, swapping these lovely rich toned papers (& I know that one of these patterns is actually wrapping paper!) for something lighter and springy would bring this room from the warm envelopment of winter to the bright light of summer.
The image below is one of my favorites in my inspiration image library. Fellow Chicago designer Summer Thornton framed vintage wallpaper that really makes this room pop.
I actually have a DIY Wall Art project coming up and I can't wait to share the ridiculously easy results with you!
Have you done DIY Wall Art? If so, email me the pictures (kristin @ bienlivingdesign.com) and I'll feature them on my blog!
Great sources for fun paper & fabric:
Etsy (for all types of fabric, usually found in coordinating patterns and smaller pieces)