Fill up those Gallery Walls

July 28, 2015

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Who says you have to pay a fortune to have interesting and compelling art in your home?

I have a couple great tricks up my sleeve, for having dramatic walls, on a budget — and fill up those gallery walls, people!
First up, mirrors! Look through the thrift shop, the as-is area of furniture stores, and dig through those bins at your favourite discount store. I love places like Homesense and Home Goods for finding those gems at a fraction of the cost.

Easy and cheap tricks, to have art you love and fill up those gallery walls with AFFORDABLE art!

Like this wooden starburst mirror I found for our foyer. This thing has a huge wingspan, and packs a lot of punch, and for around forty beans, you kinda can’t beat it.  (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).
Easy and cheap tricks, to have art you love and fill up those gallery walls with AFFORDABLE art!

It’s the first thing to catch your eye as soon as you walk through the front door. And, where else do you want huge impact more, than the front door, to welcome your guests?

Easy and cheap tricks, to have art you love and fill up those gallery walls with AFFORDABLE art!

^This little hex DIY, was a thrift store find. With an investment of only a few dollars and an unused purse strap, this little ditty finished off our gallery wall in the living room, in two shakes.

Easy and cheap tricks, to have art you love and fill up those gallery walls with AFFORDABLE art!

Need something even more affordable? Magazine clippings. They’re free! Well, almost free. Before you poo-poo this idea, keep in mind a lot of the advertising and images used in campaigns and editorials, are highly styled, vibrant, and someone out there spent a pretty penny getting that shot printed, and in front of your eyes. All YOU need to do, is find the shot you like, and that fits your space, and you’re golden. I played around with a few ideas to polish off my master bedroom gallery wall.

Easy and cheap tricks, to have art you love and fill up those gallery walls with AFFORDABLE art!

To achieve this for yourself, grab your magazines, and rip out anything that catches your eye. Then, take the matte out of your frame and use that to hold over the image to find the sweet spot. You’d be surprised how much more rich an image can look, with just the right cropping!

Easy and cheap tricks, to have art you love and fill up those gallery walls with AFFORDABLE art!

I adore this shot and the way I cropped it, with just the feet showing, with all the super cute chairs, makes it so fun! Now, it feels like it has this story attached to it — not to mention, the colour palette was a perfect addition to the room.

Easy and cheap tricks, to have art you love and fill up those gallery walls with AFFORDABLE art! Easy and cheap tricks, to have art you love and fill up those gallery walls with AFFORDABLE art!

Yep. There she sits on my side of the bed. I find industrial design so inspiring, so zoning in on this image of gorgeous chairs is right up my alley.

Cheap and Easy tips for getting affordable art at home! Sometimes it's almost FREE!

See what I mean? These are some seriously cheap options, that ANYONE can do. What about you — have any art solutions you care to share? I’d love to hear about it!

14 thoughts on “Fill up those Gallery Walls

  1. Sarah

    Hi the light in the foyer, black square you said it was from Rona, can you let me know the brand/name of the light?
    Thanks Sarah

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  2. Tiffany

    Hi, Jen ~ Love this post! Such amazing ideas! I love your mirrors and especially love that magazine clipping. You’re so right. Just the right cropping makes all the difference! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Brooke

    I officially have a crush on your house. That thrifted mirror—what a great find! I also love the bags hanging on the staircase wall, and the EVERYTHING. All the things, all the colors, all the ideas. The end.

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