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Ten Stores For Affordable Art

Author: Lauren Coleman

Last month we received a request from reader Catherine who had recently moved in to a new townhouse with a lot of blank walls to fill and had a question for us all regarding gallery walls. “Moving from a flat with minimal wall space we haven’t got much in the way of artwork or posters to put on the walls! I see a lot of lovely home tours on the blog and the team’s Instagram pages feature lots of lovely posters, typography and prints. What sites would you recommend looking at and what looks good in a gallery wall”

I have been ordering a few prints for the bathroom and have any amount of them up on the walls in my house. The trend for larger art is also growing in popularity so together with the team here are a few of our favourite suppliers for posters and prints whatever the size.

  1. Atelier Big Jon – My Mother-In-Law very kindly bought me the Hotel print which I’m about to get framed for the bathroom. I also love the Umbrella photographic print too which was snapped on Jon’s Moroccan travels.
  2. Sonni & Blush – I had the desk calendar from this luxe boutique last year and have been admiring their new range. Each piece is hand-lettered, brush-lettered or hand-painted and a percentage of the profits goes towards providing education in Uganda and Sierra Leone.
  3. Balibart – As with a large amount of these print suppliers, Balibart are based in Europe however the shipping fees are very reasonable. Their range features really cool contemporary photography and illustrations which uniquely are uploaded by the artist who sets their own prices.
  4. The Poster Club – If you’re in the market for a bit of Ms Moss on your walls then The Poster Club is your place. They also stock the instagram favourite ‘Welcome To The City Of Champions by Emil Hartvig. They offer free worldwide shipping when you purchase two prints too and have a wide selection of contemporary art to adorn those blank walls.
  5. Juniqe – A new find for me. I’ve only just placed my first order so can’t comment quite yet but will let you know when I receive my order of Victoria Verbaan’s A Minikin. They offer a £5 discount on first orders which will cover your delivery charge. Their Single Ladies print really made me giggle too.
  6. Jason Munn – Favoured by Adam and on many a wall in #TheCheltenhamHouse, Graphic Artist Jason Munn has been designing artwork for local venues and independent musicians for the last twelve years.
  7. David Ehrenstrahle – I get asked countless times where the Paris print I have hanging by my desk is from. (Seen in the header above). It’s part of David Ehrenstrahle’s ‘My Guide To’ series of travel guides. My Mother-In-Law’s husband very kindly brought me two back from Sweden and I had them framed by an online custom framer. Mapiful emulate a similar aesthetic for a much more budget friendly alternative but the quality obviously hugely differs.
  8. Northlight Store – Lisa put me on to this homeware store last year. They seem to have the widest range of Rifle prints I’ve seen. Anna’s unmistakeable illustrations deserve to be in every gallery wall!
  9. Desenio – One of the lowest priced suppliers of art with smaller prints starting at just a few pounds. The choice is huge and there’s often discounts and delivery offers when you spend over £29.
  10. King and McGaw – I ordered Keri Bevan’s Brighton Carousel last year for my spare room and was really impressed with how quickly it arrived. King & McGaw also stock the iconic Andy Warhol prints too. At 100cm tall the frames for this size of print can be expensive but The Range do a plexi glass version for less than £14.

What Looks Good In A Gallery Wall?

  • Keep a cohesive theme; whether it be a similar colour palette or similar frames then its far easier on the eye if something unites the wall together. This doesn’t mean to say you can’t go for a vibrant and vivacious collection of prints but if you mix up with several pastel numbers it’s probably not going to have as much of the wow factor. For a bolder wall check out Dolly Alderton’s gallery collection. Her sofa is also to die for.
  • Gallery Wall

  • Choose pieces that have importance to you; maybe it’s a print of a place you’ve visited or a quote that resonates with you. Art is really personal and can be a wonderful reflection of the owner.
  • Personally I love a mismatch of typography, photography and illustrations and am a big fan of throwing in something unexpected for example a plate and a child’s painting like I used to have in my old living room. Greeting cards, wrapping paper and treasures such as old letters, initials and keys also look fabulous curated amongst a collection.
  • Be patient. It can take a while to amass a selection together
  • Lay out your design on the floor first or use paper templates secured on the wall with washi tape to avoid getting a bit too hammer happy. Command strips are one of my must-have tools for easily securing frames to the walls.
  • What are your favourite sources for prints and posters? I realised I haven’t even mentioned Etsy in my top ten! They’re great for affordable art especially as they offer lots of downloadable printables.

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    27 thoughts on “Ten Stores For Affordable Art

    1. Great post Lauren. Thank you.
      There are some absolutely cracking site.
      It’s come at the perfect time as I’ve decided to scale and mess up my small scale gallery wall in my sitting room. I’m trying to be brave and bold with size as it just looks so wonderful in the examples you guys have put up recently.
      Thanks again xxx

      1. It feels much more of a commitment to go bigger doesn’t it? With it being more expensive to buy and frame. Glad we’ve inspired you though. x

    2. Definitely don’t discount galleries too – most of them will offer payment plans, even for the more affordable pieces.

      When I was in my first job, I walked past a gallery and fell in love with a picture in the window. I used to go in and stare at it each day on my way home from work. By some bizarre twist of fate the gallery owner had the artist coming in for an evening for their loyal customers, but must’ve taken pity on me and invited me along.

      I went, but became increasingly nervous as the wealthy proper art collectors were snapping up the paintings, and got quite upset that my favourite would be sold.

      In the end I plucked up the courage to ask the price. With a sizeable discount (I think the owner and the artist felt sorry for me!) and a payment plan paying £50 off a month the painting was mine! And as the artist was there, it’s signed with a message on the back!

      I lived on baked beans for a good few months, but it still hangs proudly in my house 5 years later, and I get so many comments on it even now.

      Everyone thought I was utterly mad, but if you love something I say go for it!

      1. Oh Kate, this is superb story and something I bet you look at every single day too. Excellent point about payment plans x

        1. I thought I would regret it, but every day it makes me smile! I never knew galleries offered payment plans, and had always discounted them as being for people far richer/more artistic/superior to me, but there’s some really lovely friendly ones about! I’d definitely recommend loitering around them to see what they offer – and there’s often gallery nights with champagne too, which are always worth a trip!

      2. I love this story Kate. Gavin bought me a painting I drooled over for months as a wedding gift. I’m sure he paid it off bit by bit too. It’s one of my favourite possessions.

    3. I’d also recommend PrintClubLondon for great art, often limited edition prints, and they have a range of <£60 prints for the budget-conscious!

    4. Is this your house again Lauren? I’ve just had a right old nose on instagram and it is so beautifully styled. How do you do it? I can buy the furniture, the flooring, the paint, and it’s all fine, but I can’t do those finishing touches. It always looks wrong. Art on the walls is a definite area I need to sort out. You should do a post on those last little bits of styling that bring it all together and make it look special.

      1. Thanks Jade, you’re sweet. I’d be a bit worried it would be a massive eye roll of a post though as I do have a formula I use!

        1. We need to know the formula!! I second a post on home styling would be so great. I am about to put our house on the market and have no idea how to make it look good for the photos and viewings. x

        2. A formula would get no eye rolls from me. It’s exactly the way my sad little brain works. I love nothing more than logical rules I can apply. You should see my face when I open a new board game and a really thick set of instructions falls out 😄

    5. You must have literally read my mind! Every single wall in our house is bare and we’ve just started to look for some prints. Will be going through each link now! I will also be attempting to paint a couple of pieces for our living room, so wish me luck!!

    6. Great post – we have just finished our extension (French doors went in yesterday after a mere 5 months waiting! *dances*) and need to fill the big white walls.
      Do you have any tips for framing? I feel I may need to move on from trusty Ribba frames now but no idea where to start for decent quality picture frames!

      1. Yes Katie! Congrats on the end of the extension!
        Very good point on the frames, and unfortunately I’m not much help on that front but let me look into it for a future post.
        I was actually in a picture framers yesterday but to get mounts. They were so helpful and I think it makes such a difference to get custom mounts.
        x

      2. Katie try calling into your local art supply store. They tend to have quite a bit of knowledge on local artists and framers. They might be able to help point you to a local framing hero.

        1. Ooh good shout, thank you. I’ll have to look mine up (my current contribution to the north west art scene is doodling stick men whilst on the phone), but would be a great future post too Lauren
          X

          1. I’ve used frame express for custom frames and mounts. For the price, it’s good quality and you have a lot of choice, even if I do always end up googling recommended frame:mount ratios. They are quick too and good customer service.

    7. Thank you!! So many great websites and inspiration! Lauren I’ll tag you on IG when I’ve got some of these walls filled up! Xx

    8. Hi Lauren, are you able to share your experience with Junique? I am about to place an order for a friends birthday pressie and i’m undecided whether to go for print including frame or just print… always a tricky one if you can’t see before you buy but our local framers is really quite pricey! Would love to hear if you were impressed when you received your order

      Thanks”!

      1. Hi Martha, I just ordered a print rather than a framed version. The print was slightly glossier than I expected it to be but good quality. It also arrived quickly too.
        I then went to my framer and had a mount made but got a frame from The Range to put it all in which worked out to be really inexpensive. Hope this helps x

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