It’s the year 2003: you’ve just settled in for an evening spent chatting on AIM while listening to a newly-burnt CD and the space surrounding you is drenched in pop-culture paraphernalia. Back in our teenage heyday, bedrooms were a private sanctuary where no wall was left uncovered by Titanic-era Leonardo DiCaprio posters and artwork from Destiny’s Child Survivor album. And while we’ve undergone more than a few changes since then, our walls are still prime real estate for personal expression — only now we’re filling them with a little less hormonally-charged angst and a lot more artistic vision.
House plants breathe life into your home and nifty storage sets can keep it looking streamlined, but investing in wall art is what will really make a place feel like your own. Whether you’re renting a first apartment with roomies or you’re solo settled in more permanent digs, giving your living space a little piece of personal style goes a long way: for contemporary aesthetic enthusiasts, consider an abstract print that can easily be mounted on the wall; if you’ve got more of a free-spirited approach to interior design, macramé wall hangings can be added above your sofa or reading nook for a dreamy boho vibe; you can even recycle vintage posters by dressing them up in a simple, sleek frame (it’s time to step away from the Blu Tack). The best part about this category of home decor is that it doesn’t have to cost the big bucks — and we’ve lined up all of the sites where you can score unique and within-budget artwork to prove it ahead.
Be sure to check out our guide to buying and styling affordable art for your home, too!
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Society6 is a great resource for diving into a sea of one-of-a-kind options at reasonable price points. Browse their prints and framed works to start building your dream gallery wall or brighten up your space with an unexpected tapestry and wall mural selection. Whatever you choose, the site boasts an incredibly vivid selection of talented independent designers — plus a wonderfully curated collection page for discovering Black artists.
theebouffants Sassy Oranges In A Bowl Art Print, $, available at Society6Urban Outfitters
When you think of Urban Outfitters, trendy dresses, accessories, and furnishing probably come to mind. But dig a little bit deeper and you’ll find that it’s also an inspiring resource for interesting wall decals, artwork, and prints.
Fran Rodriguez Holy Night Art Print, $, available at Urban Outfitters