Nothing says, "this is a put-together room" like artwork. Artwork can enhance a theme or mood, bring a needed pop of color to bare walls or define a focal point. Yet, so often it is the last thing people purchase. It may be because people think art is so expensive. True, paintings and water color originals can be pricey. But a good, less expensive yet aesthetically pleasing, way to have art in your life is through prints and photography.
Many people purchase the already printed and framed art work at stores like Wal-Mart, Target, Michaels and Hobby Lobby. The problem is it looks like that is what you did. It is hard to find generic art which matches your unique taste and decor style without it looking, well generic. There is a better way which can still save you money. Frame it yourself.
It just makes sense. Think about your wardrobe. You take purchased pieces off the rack and combine them with other pieces and accessories to make your own statement. Why not do the same with the walls in your home? Here’s how.
You can purchase quality unframed prints and photographs directly from galleries or online. Once you find the ones you want, head to the craft store’s framing department. There you will have two choices.
Option One – if the photo or print is a regular size (4×6, 8×10, 11×14, etc) you can purchase ready-made frames, inner frames for a formal look, already cut acid-free matting, even the type of glass you’d like. UV and non glare may be a touch more money, but it will save your art work from fading. (Never frame an oil based painting. It needs to breathe.) Then, like pieces of your wardrobe, you assemble them into the statement you want to make.
Option Two − for irregular sized art work, the customer service representative will help you choose frames, mats, glass and the size. While this is more expensive because they custom cut everything, it can still be cheaper than buying already framed, matted and glassed original art from a gallery.
When searching for fine art photography, look for artwork that you find personally appealing to you. It does not matter how much you pay for something, if it does not really move you. Artwork should be something that refreshes and uplifts your spirits, something that makes you feel home. If you follow these tips you will have your own individual style framed on your walls, as unique as your wardrobe. Your friends will think you spent mega bucks on art.