Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Alternatives to artwork


I hate to admit this to you, but I don't have a single painting on my walls in my home. I do have some beautiful black and white photographs, which I bought while on holidays to remind me of the places I've visited. But I've struggled to find artwork that I love and am completely committed to putting up on my wall. Actually that's not totally true - I have found art that I loved, but it was way out of my price range!


So instead I tend to have mirrors and other objects on my walls - like my Chinese screen I posted about yesterday. Really when you think about it, there are many alternatives to art when you want to fill up a bare spot on your walls. Some options are cheap, others not so cheap.


I've already done a couple of posts on mirrors here, and a posts on signs, as they are also a fantastic alternative to art, see here.

But there's plenty of other options too.


How about salvaged doors......



Or salvaged shutters. These ones are exquisite......




Or you could frame some objects. Here's a clever idea - bits of nature's flotsam and jetsam, painted black.......





Frame some stylish shopping bags. Although I'm kind of uncomfortable with this ode to commercialism...think about how much money you would spend in the process!




Anything that holds sentimental value can be framed really, take these vintage kitchen utensils....




A vintage newspaper sheet......(my apologies for posting this image for about the millionth time, but it just has so many beautiful elements to it)


Or these sublime rose petals (once used by couturiers for colour matching) found in a Paris flea market...... (and thanks Amanda, at Swish and Swanky, for showcasing this gorgeous home - I have fallen in love!)





You could cover a panel with a piece a wallpaper (I'm thinking this is a great way to introduce pattern without the full commitment of a whole wall or room).....





Or you could wrap pretty fabrics around some canvasses......




Or simply tear out some images that speak to you, and tape them to the wall in a casual vignette....




Or make an inspiration board.......



Then there's always big, oversized clocks.....









And then there's old salvaged gates, antique plates, rugs, flags....this list goes on. So if you can't afford art, or can't find something that you like, there's no excuse for bare walls!


Images 1 Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles 2 Jayne Wunder via Desire to Inspire 3 Mari Eriksson 4 Better Homes and Gardens 5 Australian Better Homes and Gardens 6 Atlanta Bartlett 7 Interiors (now defunct) 8 Daily Mail via Swish and Swanky 9 Desire to Inspire 1o Mari Eriksson 11 Christine Rudolph 12 Kissing Cage 13 Australian Home Beautiful 14 Australian Country Style


Best wishes,

30 comments:

A Touch of Country said...

Wow! You never cease to amaze me!

Thanks for such great inspirational photos!

Willow Decor: said...

Catherine,
This is a wonderful post!! Such great examples of other things besides paintings that can be used. I especially love the shutter! They are to die for!
xx-Gina

Angela Henrie said...

So many ideas! What to do, what to do...

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Great ideas Catherine. I love the framed utensils and also the last pic with the large clock and cute vintage ironing board!!

CrowNology said...

Hi Catherine,
Beautiful post today.
I have a huge old oak desk top that is covered in paint, ink, and swirling scribbles. It was a desk that I salvaged from a local design college. I think it's a beautiful piece of "art".
Though as an artist I try to encourage the typical 24x16 original! ;)
I was good to hear that your little man had a calm week in school too.
Best,
Andrea

Jade Creative said...

Wow, Wow, Wow, You are absolutely right. No excuses for bare walls.
I have some wonderful artsy friends, so I have been so lucky as to acquire originals for my walls. Some of these ideas I'll try to use.
this is a great post!
Have a wonderful day
Darlene

Claire Jackson said...

Catherine, another divine post, full of inspiration, style & suggestions. I don't have any paintings or canvas' in our home, but have black & white photos, a couple of original drawings, and have framed favourite cards, photos & pieces that hold special meaning into wall art - it's all about what you enjoy living with in your own space.

Thank you as always, I love reading your posts! Claire :-)

aura said...

I'm the exact same way....I don't have one painting up. I have tons of black and white photos and lots of random objects, too.

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Thanks for all these great ideas. I havea house FULL of blank walls - I'm afraid of making a mistake!!

Caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

such a beautiful and wise idea, Catherine! loving those gorgeous fabrics!

Kristin said...

Now that was just a delightful series of pretty images! Thank you for all the inspiration!

abeachhousedream said...

Me too am struggling with the empty wall spaces..., something big and bold could solve it all. I kind of gotten used to it though.

Chrissy said...

Always lots of inspiration here, and I thank you!! Hope this finds you well!! Chrissy

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

wooo loving that inspiration board

Lee said...

Catherine, so many great ideas here & it's hard to choose my favourite. Very inspirational! Lee :)

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

These are so clever. I am loving the huge antique clocks. So many great ideals, thanks

Struggler said...

Thanks so much, these are wonderful. I agree, the panel of wallpaper is a very low-risk way of using a high-risk pattern!
I'll be returning to this page for further inspiration.

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xoxo

Blair said...

Wonderful post! I don't know how you always put such fantastic post together. Love the idea of the salvage doors.

Porchlight Interiors said...

Great post Catherine! I love seeing people being creative with what they put on their walls! Tracey xx

Amanda said...

This is a great post Catherine! I love your examples you've used.

Thanks for including a link to my blog, I've had many of your lovely readers pop in today. :)

x Amanda

My name is PJ. said...

Another great post! The freshest idea for me was the shopping bags! I'd never seen it done and it was great! And as for the photo you've posted for the millionth time? You can post it a million more. It is comprised of perfection@

River said...

I don't have any real art either. Just can't seem to find stuff Ike enough to look at day after day. Instead my walls have photos of my children and grandchildren.

Marie said...

I luv this post, all the photos are so creative but most especially j'adore the display of shopping bags. I might have to copy for my girly room :)
-marie

Terri said...

I love everything, especially the blue wallpaper panel in that white room. Gorgeous images!

xo Terri

Willow Decor: said...

Congratulation on your mention in the Washington Post!! Very well deserved!!
xx-Gina

alice said...

these are all so beautiful!
I adore the console with the baskets and the rose petal artwork... I think I know what I'm doing next time I get a bouquet of roses :)

Things That Inspire said...

I love art, but like you, I am very very picky about what art I bring into my home...and most of the time the art that I love is way out of my price range! I have a lot of mirrors and framed prints on my walls, because they are just as beautiful and make an impact in a different way. But, I am still looking for the perfect pieces of art too!

Great post.

Sprout Gallery said...

Great pics once again!

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