I need big art

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I need a big piece of art people. A few weeks ago hubby & I moved our living room art into the kitchen as it was a better fit. As a result our living room looks like this now.
Empty. I know its not the end of the world (ya, sis I hear you even over the Internet) but it is seriously bothering me. Sorry for the crooked shot. Image via me.

So its driving me insane. I hate that wall (well the whole room now) because of that large gap. Herein lies the problem. I want a big piece of framed art but I can't afford to spend thousands of dollars on it. Sure I can try to DIY it, but I don't wanna. Yes I can make a gallery wall...but I don't want to do that either. Do I sound like a whining child yet? I've tried the Homesense & Winner's options but have found nothing. I've called up Art Interiors..but they practically laughed at my budget (only a few hundred dollars) and my size requirements (ok they didn't really laugh, but offered some smaller options). Why is it so hard to find something affordable that looks like this? Why, why, please somebody tell me why?
We've all seen Carrie & Big's condo in SATC 2...see this looks good? Image via Decorpad.
Okay a little big for my space...I want about 56x48...but you catch my drift right? Image via Yatzer.
Maybe a graphic punch is all I need. This is more what I'm looking for...black and white in a birch frame....image via here.
Yep, I'm leaning toward black and white. Oversized art featured on Canadian House & Home.
This is it! I want it, I want and I want it! (just pretend I am stomping my feet or something for a more dramatic effect). Sorry this one was in my dream house folder and I lost the reference.  Oh well, I guess enough sulking like a baby and time to find a REAL solution...if anyone has any suggestions let me know.


Roncy Vic said... [Reply to comment]

If you have a high quality photo you like you could try this:


bicocacolors said... [Reply to comment]

I think the solution will be a good and great photography, the prices are not too expensive for these measures and the result is optimal!

Good luck,

LifeBegins@Thirty said... [Reply to comment]

We were a bit low on funds so we got one of the jumbo canvases from Ikea (I know - shame).

But it looks good and will hold the spot until we can afford something big and real!

amy walters said... [Reply to comment]

Your living room is looking pretty fab! Love the inspiration shots - a large print will looks spectacular in your space!

laxsupermom said... [Reply to comment]

If you really don't want to DIY a piece, I agree that a blown up photo is your best best at filling up a large space for not so much. Can't wait to see what you end up choosing.

travelkate said... [Reply to comment]

Your living room looks beautiful-love the wall color! It is soooo difficult to find a large piece of art that isn't ridiculously expensive, I totally relate...I wish I had more tips for you!

tina - Half Of What I Say said... [Reply to comment]

Your living room is gorgeous! I don't have any advice for you either. I have several big, empty walls going on. I have the same couch from Carrie's apartment from Montauk, mine is black leather though not blue mohair (imagine what three kids would do to that). And you guessed it, nothing behind it. One day...

I did just purchase a 44x44 piece to go behind my new credenza, and the gallery is coming to install it on Friday. I cannot wait. Art, furniture and shoes, those are the things I am completely weak for.

Pudel-design said... [Reply to comment]

Love the grey walls;)
You could print a nice black and white photo on canvas, or you could look right here;))


Lovely greetings...:)


Carol@TheDesignPages said... [Reply to comment]

Hit the fabric stores and find something you love. One yard is all you need and then frame it up in a giant frame that you could get at IKEA. Another option is to spend a couple hundred on a giant canvas and stretch the fabric across that and staple to the back.

Kelly @ JAX does design said... [Reply to comment]

Check out posterjack.ca. You can get a pig poster made from one of your own pictures for less than $200.


Love your sofa & dark grey walls :-)

Marianne {Style For Living} said... [Reply to comment]

I'm right there with you! Everything I love costs a small fortune!

April said... [Reply to comment]

Love the idea of the fabric stretched and framed. There's also Etsy.com, of course, which takes some searching for larger pieces but they are listed in abundance. We purchased a 40x40 original oil from the States which cost us $500 plus shipping. If you restrict your search to Canadian vendors, you could likely find quite a few good options at equally good prices, and save on the shipping costs. Finally, you might also want to try your local galleries for custom photo work. I know many have suggested blowing up a photo, and it's a great way to get cheap, unique and personal art. We have a gallery (Dorland-Haight Gallery in Milton) who will enlarge, re-color and generally customize any print to your specifications, creating a completely personal work for an exceptionally good price. Let us know what you choose!

Designwali said... [Reply to comment]

You folks have terrific ideas and have inspired me again!

cabbagerose said... [Reply to comment]

love,love,love your living room! great colors, great style. thank you for stopping by. nice to hear from you.

Rosa @ Flutter Flutter said... [Reply to comment]

You've got a great wall colour to work with! Anything would work there!!

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