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In this post: Art is one of those finishing touches that can add color, dimension, movement, and drama to a space. But it can also be really expensive. Here are six extra large wall art ideas for when you’re on a budget.
I have DIY’d more art than I can remember. And for good reasons – art can make such a statement in a space, but it can be really expensive too. So what do you do if you need extra large wall art, but you have a not-so-extra-large budget? Keep reading for extra large wall art ideas on a budget!
Extra Large Wall Art Ideas
01. Engineer Prints + Poster Frames
Engineer prints are very inexpensive prints that can be ordered from places like Staples.
You can print them in color or black and white and they are usually about 24″x36″, which is quite large for such a low price.
Engineer prints will fit into most 24×36 poster frames, which you can find at Michaels, Amazon, and even Walmart.
We used this trick when I wanted some large pieces for our stairwell.
- Quote prints, free downloads from The Navage Patch
- Frames from Micheals
- Printing done at Staples
02. DIY Chalkboard
Not exactly art by itself, but rather a ‘canvas’ for putting art on, a DIY chalkboard can be as big or as little as you like. And the “art” can be changed out with the seasons, or whenever you feel like being creative!
We built one and shared the tutorial for it in my book, Home Made Lovely. Our daughter drew the trees and snow for the holidays one year.
03. Juniper Prints + Ikea Frames
To get our wall art for our living room, we ordered a huge print from Juniper Prints and then framed it using a large Ikea frame. This piece is HUGE and cost about $300.
- Lakeside 40×55, Juniper framed in Ikea Bjorksta 55″x 40″ black frame (spray-painted gold, since we can’t just buy the gold one in Canada)
- Oil-Rubbed Bronze electric gallery light from Amazon
04. Large Frames + Custom Mats
Plus using oversized mats, makes any framed photo look like a piece from an art gallery. Add gallery lights and it’s even more of a large statement.
- 20″ square frames, spray-painted black, from Amazon
- 20″ square mats with 4″ square opening, from custommat.ca
- Wireless battery operated gallery lights, from Amazon
05. Gallery Walls
While individual gallery wall pieces aren’t generally large in size, overall a gallery wall can be put together to form an extra-large “piece” of wall art.
- 12″ square frames with 8″ square mat opening, from Michaels (several years ago)
06. Check Second-Hand Stores
Oddly enough you may find art that is no longer someone else’s style, but that matches yours perfectly.
This happened when we were visiting a second-hand store in Port Perry earlier this year and found a beautiful old-school gold-framed landscape painting for only $30! Years ago I would have painted the frame and changed the art. But this time, I realized that it fit into our new dining room look perfectly! And while it’s not huge, it is quite large and it cost MUCH less than anything else I was looking at online.