where to buy art online
12 cures for the common gallery wall.
Published Nov 18, 2015 5:00 AM
With so many sites curating and selling so much beautiful art and photography, it’s hard to know where to look first. Consider this your guide to finding prints (and frames!) that fit your price range and personal style.
You’ll find a huge selection of prints here—most mass produced. Think super affordable prints from artists like Warhol, Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and Rothko. They also sell a large selection of movie posters, vintage art, abstract paintings, scenic landscapes—basically, you name it, it’s on art.com.
Technically not a site, but an app, Parabo Press turns the photos on your phone into works of art—at a surprisingly cheap cost. Why? They print on newspaper. Unless, of course, you’re ordering an accordion zine or hardcover photo book (!!). Another popular option is printing Instagrams in shapes—circle, half-circle, square, triangle, and pentagon. Bonus: They’re double-sided, which makes for great DIY potential.
Chances are, you’ll find something you love on Minted. They sell all the art, prints, and photography you could ever dream of, but the site’s coolest feature is their photo art gifts. Sure, these customized photo prints make a thoughtful gift, but customizing one (or a handful) for yourself sounds even more tempting. Whether you add gold foil in the cutest designs or have word overlays imposed over your personal photos, you really can’t go wrong. A new feature is uploading a profile photo of your loved one—or pet, of course—and ordering a foil print of their profile.
This may seem like common sense, but seriously! There are so many creatively-made, handmade treasures on Etsy. Another cool thing about this online marketplace is that you’re not buying from a huge company, you’re buying from an actual person. There’s also a good chance whatever you find is one-of-a-kind.
I know, I know. All your furniture is already from Ikea, now your art too? Ikea should be your go-to in two situations. First, if you’re looking to cover a wall in a huge print and don’t want to drop lots of dollars. They sell cityscapes and scenery shots that span almost 80 inches for just $150, which is a steal. Second, for cheap frames. If you’re looking to make an epicgallery wall
on a budget, look to Ikea. Just make sure to scope out the dimensions of your art and frames before you buy. Since Ikea is a European company, their sizing sometimes doesn’t translate conveniently to inches.
If you’re in the market for some cool-girl prints, look no further, The Aestate, aka Jessica Rowe, sells the chicest watercolor paintings on the web—including a largebanana leaf print
for just $60.
Social Print Studio
These days, we all think we’re professional photographers. But really, we kind of are. With our high quality camera phones and the amount of Instagram filters available, your photos could hang on your walls and blend right in with professional prints. Enter Social Print Studio. You can print your Instagrams in a variety of sizes, combined layouts, and even in calendar form. This means your vacation sunsets and cute memories with friends and family can live on your walls—not just on your phone.
If you’re into not-your-average phone cases, you’re probably familiar with Society6. The site allows artists to upload their work and then lets customers buy their art in basically any form. Think printed on different types of clothing, on phone cases, pillows, blankets, and of course, art prints. The site itself is not super curated, so if you’re not sure what you’re looking for this might not be the place to start. But if you’re game to sift through some weird stuff to find your dream print (at an affordable price), this is the site for you. Pro tip: The wall tapestry option is less pricy—and more interesting—than buying a huge piece of art.
If you’re looking for cool, funky prints, you NEED to visit this highly curated shop. They have pop-up shops that sell decor for a few days and a permanent shop where you can find all types of interesting prints that are organized by type—and also by artist. With each print, you see the individual artist’s profile and where they’re located, too. If truly unique, out-of-the-box art is what you’re looking for, this is definitely for you. Warning: Most prints hover around the $100 mark.
As you might have guessed, Frame Bridge doesn’t sell art, but they do sell the coolest frames around. Most times, finding frames that go beyond your basic black or white is a challenge. Finding vintage and then dealing with custom framing ($$$) is a process, too. Here, you can easily find the type of wood, metal, style, and width you had in mind at a relatively affordable price.
A mix between Bezar and Society 6, Curioos is a self-proclaimed place to find gallery-quality art prints for your home. Beware: Their stunning, often a bit dark, and intriguing collages will have you lost in this site for hours. But if you’re in search of a large print for cheap, you’ve come to the right place.
We have a HUGE selection of art that will work for any budget. Discover art and prints ranging in price from $30 to $300—and even fine art at $3,000. My personal favorites are the vast array of photographic prints that will lend a sophisticated touch to any room.