I, like most people, would love to adorn my walls with a mixture of gorgeous original artwork that I have sourced from antique markets and big auction houses. In reality that is completely unrealistic and – like a lot of other areas in my home – requires a bit more research to find the best option for my budget.
Below I have pulled together just some of the options I have found over the past few months whilst I have been researching some ideas for the gallery wall I am UIplanning to go above the sofa in the lounge (more to come on that very soon).
I used to love spending hours in art galleries when I lived in London. I inevitably do that a lot less now that I am in Brighton and have a babes. They are still great places for inspiration though – even if it is only through their digital channels and drooling at their online shops. The Tate, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy and the V&A have some of the best cultural shops.
It is also worth looking out for times where emerging local artists exhibit their work near you. In Brighton there is the Artist Open Houses every weekend in May which is a fantastic excuse to look around fabulous houses and discover new art that is also budget friendly.
Finally, Instagram continues to be an endless source of inspiration for ideas, including art. These accounts have been particularly great at helping to inspire some of my edit below:
@thefrugality @amothersedit @monikh @lucywilliams02 @edit58 @erica_davies @kate.lavie
Art under £35
Invest in an original – under £300
I have mainly concentrated on very affordable art in this edit which inevitable means they are prints and not original pieces, but I thought I would also include a couple of artists I have discovered recently that do take commissions and are not too expensive. I have just ordered an A3 print of a nude from Frances Costelloe for £65! She has just started being stocked in Liberty though so get in quickly if you are keen as I am sure she won’t stay that affordable for long.
Make some art for your walls
Another great way to get some unique arts for your walls is to create it yourself. You can join evening life drawing classes, or find some workshops near you.
A couple of fun Brighton/Lewes options include Peas and Needles, Tidy Print, Brighton Etsy party (only on once a year but amazing) and Goods shop in Lewes that is starting to hold lots of crafting evenings.