Art makes the room, the saying goes, and there’s no better way to personalize your home than to make your own wall art. Here are do-it-yourself ideas that are long on style and easy on the budget.
Mount collectibles such as vintage eyeglasses, doll clothes and furniture, or letterpress blocks inside a frame or shadowbox. “Anything can be turned into wall art if it’s pretty enough,” says Emily Henderson, a stylist and designer for HGTV’s Design Star. “As long as it’s not completely random, a collection of your favorite things can look really exciting.”
Hang a grouping of painted ornamental architectural items, such as ceiling medallions, rosettes or ceiling tiles, on a vacant wall. Such items can be found at hardware stores, home centers or online retailers.
Turn your kids’ refrigerator art into a living room-worthy masterpiece. “It starts to look really modern and sophisticated when it’s in a larger format,” says Henderson, who enlists a copy center to enlarge children’s drawings to 2-by-3 feet or bigger. Don’t be afraid to edit. “Often there might be a particular corner that is visually beautiful and you can crop into it and just use that area,” she says.
Fabric stretched over wood can add color and style. Try bold block prints for a touch of modernism or vintage fabrics for a retro look. For a more formal room, use crewel drapery or upholstery textiles.
- Scraps of embroidery found at antique shops or yard sales can be framed for a more traditional look.