Art on a budget!!

June 26, 2013

Well my bedroom designs/decorating is coming on slowly, I still slightly undecided on which colour to paint the walls but have managed to sort out the furniture from pinching a table and lamp from the lounge which has already transformed the space and have pretty much decided about curtains and fabrics etc. I also had 2 frames with very old sketches in, which were a little dated and looking a bit too traditional for my taste, so I have decided to paint the frames an off white (because I’m going dark on the wall I’m thinking light frames to contrast and break up the colour) and I simply and very quickly drew a geometric pattern in shades of grey on the computer and replaced the existing print,  it’s completely changed the look and cost me nothing (already had a tester pot of paint I used) and just a little but if time! easy…no!

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So I guess this brings me on to art, it’s one of the hardest things to pull off but it’s also one of the things that totally transforms a place. I say mix it, modern art, photography, oil painting…..anything goes. Try limited the colours as otherwise it could look like a miss match, 3 main colours within the collection will work best. If you have a load of cash this obviously makes it easier but believe you me it’s still hard to get it right. Sometimes art on a budget works better! as your more up for taking risks! Some tips on getting art on your walls without it costing a fortune is look at poster sites, (try you can get some pretty dam cool posters for under a tenner, then frame it simply. I love the vintage travel posters! Another one if you have time is going to car boot sales and flea markets, not an option for me as I just don’t have the spare time so printing off a picture I can find on the internet is a much quicker options! Or create simple geometric patterns as per my revamped pic below, or greeting cards and postcards are a great inspiration, I have scanned many in and had them printed at the local copy shop and framed them. And another great idea is framing wallpaper and fabric (which is like art these days).

When hanging these on the walls,  mix a few photos in, I say casual family snaps. I  took a photo of a cathedral in Reims which was a great architectural picture but by the doorway was the wife and kids, you could hardly see them but it gives the photo so much more meaning. I printed it off A2 size framed it and you wouldn’t believe the comments I get about it!

Take a look at some of the pictures below which should explain what I’m going on about.

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A mixture here, some sketches a photo and modern art

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All photography in this one but play with the scale and it totally works!


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All sorts of art here, an old magazine cover but in some great frames, and in my opinion the pictures on the dark background rock!

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So cool! the surfer dude’s pad!!

Hopefully by the next post I will be a bit further on with the bedroom and will show you a snippet of the colours and fabrics chosen.

Happy Thursday!


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