Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Thrifty Website- art.com

When we were decorating our first house, my husband stumbled upon the website art.com. It is a great place to find the perfect artwork for any room. You can search and filter on a ton of categories and most of the pieces are available in multiple sizes. Once you create an account you can build "galleries" to save your favorite pieces in as you're exploring the site and trying to decide what to buy.

There always seems to be some kind of sale or deal going on. We receive email coupons from them every month it seems. When you combine that with the fact that we have a mat cutter and my husband makes the mats and frames for the artwork (post coming in the future about that), we save a TON of money. Most of the time we buy the art and then pick the paint color for the room afterwards. It's easier to match paint to art that you already have, you can bring the art right to the hardware store to pick the perfect color!

Want examples of what we have purchased? See below for some pictures.

This is one of the two pieces that started it all. We bought it along with a similar one of Cabernet Sauvignon for a bedroom in our first house, it's moved with us twice and is in a bedroom in our current house. We used identical mat and frame colors for both prints.

This is one of five prints we purchased for our upstairs hallway. It's a series of line drawings of animals by Picasso. We used a different color mat for each print but identical frames.

We purchased three Asian-inspired prints with similar colors and used them in our hall bathroom. Each print has a different mat color but the same frame color and thickness.

When we lived in California, this along with two other fish designs by the same artist were the color inspiration for our guest bathroom. Now they're in a bedroom. Each piece has the same color frame but different mat colors.

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