One of the fastest ways to “makeover” a room is to hang some art. Art can immediately change the vibe and inspire a room’s potential. Art is going to show off your style and personality faster than anything else you put in a room. It’s a big deal! And while we’re huge proponents of collecting original art, hanging prints that move you is a great way to develop your personal style and a budget-friendly way to fill your walls. And luckily, digital art can be found all over the internet for cheap and sometimes even free! Here’s how to find it.
If you didn’t know, the “public domain” consists of creative work not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright. This could mean the copyright has expired or the author has deliberately placed their work publicly. In other words, no individual owns the rights; therefore, it’s open for public use and free to download, print, and even sell! A lot of print shops that we know and love have sorted through hundreds of thousands of images and pieces of artwork in the public domain to create curated collections. Big companies like Target do it too, and so can you. You might start with the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian, and the Met Collection.
For the prints in Faye’s room, I stumbled upon these vintage illustrations from the original Wizard of Oz book series, illustrated by W. W. Denslow, and I swooned. The Wizard of Oz is somewhat special and nostalgic to our family, and wouldn’t you know, they fit in with the color scheme in Faye’s room.
So why buy vintage art prints and downloads when you can download them yourself for free? Mostly because these shops have done the work for you. The Smithsonian has 2,800,000 public domain pieces. That’s a lot of scrolling and sorting! Also, the prices for digital downloads are famously affordable, making it easy to pull the trigger on a piece when someone with a good eye has rounded up the best of the best.
The tree top art we had hanging in our dining room was something we bought already framed and had shipped to us for hundreds of dollars. We have since found the same art in many digital art shops on Etsy for only a few dollars. Of course, you still have to print and frame them, but this is a good sign that the art is free public domain art. Here are some shops that have gone through the effort of sourcing and curating digital art at an affordable price!
If you want to get your art printed, you can upload them to Shutterfly and Artifact Uprising, and even Walgreens and UPS have really great quality. The prints in our kitchen were printed and picked up at our local Walgreens!
This is also why you can find Frame TV art for so cheap! If you have a Frame TV, you can choose what art is displayed on it and change the tone and lighting to make it look really real. The Frame has some built-in art options, but you can actually upload any digital art, with the correct resolution, to your TV, which opens up a lot of options. Here’s a tutorial on exactly how to do that.
These digital art options are so inexpensive and impactful! I change up the art on our TV often–whenever I’m in the mood! Here are a few of my current favorites.
1. Aged Textured Moody Landscape $1
2. Vintage Wooded Landscape $2
3. Deep Cyan Indigo Abstract $2
4. Tex 4 $3
5. Bushel $4
6. Bay Horse $4
7. Over the Sea $4
8. Sailing $4
9. Vintage Autumn Bundle (60 Prints) $19
10. Night Sky $20
11. Loch II $20
12. Swan $20
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