If your decorating budget doesn’t quite stretch to accommodate Chelsea art gallery prices, never fear! Conquering bare walls can be as easy as framing anything but a picture. Frame your favorite fabric or wallpaper to instantly add color and evoke a mood, or showcase a region of the world that’s special to you by framing a vintage textile you found on an exotic vacation. The results can be compelling and fresh, and are a fantastic way to showcase your personal style.
Professional frame shops can make customized frames for textiles or wallpaper of any size; they can even make plexi-glass boxes for a more museum type feeling. If you prefer a frameless, modern look, try wrapping wallpaper around the edges of a wood or canvas panel.
In your children’s bedroom or playroom, personalize the space by putting their hobbies and obsessions on display—whether it’s superheroes, Barbies or sports, you can frame the memorabilia and create a very playful art collection! For the audiophile, create a wall of sound with framed vintage vinyl; if you’re the bookish type, frame a wall of first-editions.
Bottom line: don’t worry that your pockets aren’t deep enough for the real deal – with “alternative art” you can create a space that’s impressive and full of character with pieces that are a great talking point for friends and visitors in your home.