19 Great Sources of Cool, Affordable Art to Liven Up Your Blank Walls
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Just say no to blank walls! Whether you want museum-quality prints, original works of art, vintage posters, or innovative sculptures, these are the best places to buy art online.
We’ve all spent a lot of time indoors lately, and many of us have been staring at blank walls—or, worse yet, at those dog-eared posters we’ve been hauling around since our college days. Don’t have the budget to bid on an original work of art from Sotheby’s? Don’t worry! There are plenty of places where you can buy art online. Even the most unassuming, budget-friendly piece can elevate the style of your home—or even a dorm room—and make it look more expensive. Whether your taste is bold and modern, classic and traditional, whimsical, or sophisticated, there’s a website that’s got the perfect type of artwork for you.
Keep in mind that with most of these sites, you’re buying a reproduction, rather than an original work of art. That’s how they keep prices down to levels mere mortals can afford, but still, the print quality is usually high. So with that in mind, take a look at our picks for the top sites to buy art online. While you’re at it, also make sure to check out these amazing Black artists who’ve been flying under the radar, as well as these inspiring patio decor ideas that will totally transform your outdoor space.
Great Big Canvas
If you’re looking for variety and ease of shopping when buying art online, Great Big Canvas is the site for you. It gives you options to search for artwork based on color, style, or artist, or to choose from a variety of subject matters, like animals, florals, beaches, and cityscapes. You’ll then pick the size, whether you want the artwork as a print on paper or on canvas, and frame options (if you want one). We can’t stop looking at this pretty, peaceful scene from artist Leonid Afremov.
Fine Art America
For a wide selection of budget-friendly art, check out Fine Art America. You’ll find options in a number of mediums and styles, including prints, posters, and photographs, and in genres ranging from historical images of Washington crossing the Delaware to edgy, modern mixed-media work. Because works are available in a huge range of sizes and as prints or canvases, framed or unframed, prices start really low. For example, this colorful image, Elk Herd in Aspen Grove by Gary Kim, starts at $23 for a small print.
There’s a lot to love about Jonathan Adler, the interior design and homewares brand that makes modern style look cool and effortless. The site’s carefully curated selection of museum-quality prints and photos aren’t cheap, but they can really add a distinctive touch to your home and reflect your personal aesthetics. Many, like this quirky baboon print, are limited editions, meaning you’re not likely to see them hanging in your neighbor’s living room. Most prints also come framed or otherwise ready-to-hang. Speaking of which, when you do grab your trusty hammer, here’s what you need to know about how to hang pictures perfectly and avoid some common mistakes.
The Met Store
If you want a high-quality print of a famous work of art, go right to the source—the museum where the artwork is housed. New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art sells prints of many of its most iconic pieces, from the Renaissance to the present. The collection is especially strong on works from the French Impressionists, such as Mary Cassatt’s tender Young Mother Sewing. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., also has a great selection of prints, and the Getty Museum Store sells replicas of its priceless ancient sculptures.
If you love the likes of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Roy Lichtenstein, head over to AllPosters. Those iconic artists of fun, campy, sometimes controversial pop art will provide an instantly recognizable addition to your home. Despite their often comic-book-like or two-dimensional imagery with minimal emotion, works like Lichtenstein’s In the Car have lots of personality—perfect for a room in your home where you want the artwork to be a conversation piece. By the way, here’s what your home decor reveals about your personality.
Do you adore the nostalgia and history of vintage posters? They offer a snapshot into an age gone by. Well, the vast collection at Antique Posters offers the real thing—actual antique posters, not reproduction prints, that have been carefully preserved and restored. If you’re a fan of classic movies, the golden age of travel, or gorgeous old travel posters, you’ll find them here. There’s also a section on war and propaganda, where we found this fantastic World War II–era poster of Uncle Sam.
If you want to decorate your dorm with something besides posters of your favorite movies and musicians, Art.com gives you plenty of budget-friendly options. They sell prints and canvases from the likes of Monet, Warhol, and Dalí, or you can get political with this edgy piece from street artist Banksy. With the site’s wide range of choices, your dorm room art can really become a reflection of your personality and taste.
Photographs have a way of transporting us to another place and time, whether to a deserted beach or a crowded city, and they prompt us to take a closer look at the little details of life all around us. The photos available from Eventide Collective are quiet, whimsical, and thoughtful. We especially love Gaze, a close-up of a horse set against a barren landscape. If you want to buy directly from the artists themselves, check out Bill Berry’s shimmering beach scenes, Clyde Butcher’s stunning black-and-white images, and Kathleen Messmer’s colorful floral close-ups.
If you’re a serious art lover who won’t rest until you’ve got a signed work by Picasso, then 1st Dibs should be your first place to look. The art and antiques clearing house pairs buyers with private sellers and collections from all over the world. The works for sale on the site are impeccably vetted and often worth millions of dollars. You can obtain a signed lithograph of the artist’s wife, Jacqueline, for a mere $60,000. Or for something more budget-friendly but still an investment, for about $800, you can obtain a rare but unsigned lithograph printed during the artist’s lifetime.
If you’re a fan of bold color, clean lines, and whimsical graphic design, check out the artists of Zazzle. The art, design, and accessories site is a place for independent artists to sell their designs on made-to-order posters, prints, textiles, T-shirts, and more. There’s a huge variety of art and artists, but most of it tends toward modern, colorful, and linear. We’re fans of their fun, quirky designs, like this ice cream cone poster from Flopsock. See a design you really like? You can have it printed on dozens of different objects. Art is a great way to elevate the look of your home quickly, easily, and affordably—unlike these home renovations you’re likely to regret later.
Rifle Paper Co.
Anne and Nathan, the couple behind Rifle Paper Co., market artist Anne’s festive floral designs—like this pretty Iceland poppy—as prints, wallpaper, rugs, pillows, and even puzzles. The work is bright and sophisticated, and it adds a classy touch to any room. We like the idea of grouping several larger and smaller prints together to create a feature wall. Their area rugs, like this bold Crimson Menagerie Forest design, can really become the focal point of a room.
To add a little dimension to your home decor, stop looking at the walls! Ceramic vases and sculptures can add great interest to your interiors, livening up a dull corner or making an indifferent tabletop into the setting for a fascinating work of art. Most of the items at Artful Home are handmade to order, like Cheryl Williams’ striking Thread of Life. Find out which art will provide the best feng shui for good health and good luck.
If you’re looking to buy art online as part of an entire home or room redecoration, look to Z Gallerie for ideas. We like the way the site allows you to search for artwork based on size, color, and style and provides ideas for grouping works of art to create a gallery wall. For example, the Pacific Palm series is available as single, framed, ready-to-hang prints or as a set of four images. We could spend a lot of time on this site planning our next room renovation!
Feel even better about your purchase by doing some good while you shop. ArtSugar not only offers art from uber popular artists you’ve probably seen on Instagram—it also makes the world a sweeter place by donating a portion of its proceeds to a variety of charitable organizations. Find everything from cool abstract pieces like this Tiny Dancer print, which starts at $150, to whimsical, candy-colored images of actual candy and assorted treats you won’t be able to resist.
Children are born artists, and surrounding them with art from an early age will only help cultivate their creative sides. Oopsy Daisy has a huge online catalog of fine art for kids. From cuddly and comforting animal art—check out this baby elephant print!—to nursery rhyme themes and personalized items, you can shop by age, gender, color, and price. There are also attractive, non-cutesy items for tweens and teens.
Artwork doesn’t always have to be serious, and the folks at Society 6 get that! Mixed in with a collection of fairly tame art prints are some irreverent outliers. Nuns smoking cigarettes? Check. Mona Lisa holding a pug? Einstein in fuzzy slippers? Check, check, check. If you want to have some laughs as you buy art online, you’re in the right place—and you’ll also want to take a look at these funny paintings.
For beautiful home accents, including woodblock wall art, glass trays, and decorative pillows, ShopVida is an online store with a difference. It’s a community of creators from around the world who offer made-to-order items on this cooperative site. Artwork from Sri Lanka or India, colorful glass trays from Marietta, Georgia, or pillow covers designed in Russia—this is truly an international collection.
The first thing you’ll notice about Sidney Perry’s untitled original ink and marker drawing is its vibrant color and mesmerizing design. And the backstory is even more inspiring. Perry is an artist who’s worked for decades at Gateway Arts, a non-profit art center for developmentally disabled adults in Brookline, Massachusetts. Gateway provides not just art therapy and art lessons for its resident artists, but also a chance for them to develop their skills, sell their work, and have sustained careers in the arts.
Have you ever taken a photo that’s so lovely, you thought about having it printed and framed? Or have you wished for a collection of framed family photos or other mementos ready to hang on the wall? Framebridge takes the guesswork and legwork out of framing your own photos, artwork, or collectibles. Simply upload your image (or images) and the website will help you decide on frames, mats, print size, and, if you choose, how to cluster groups of framed images for a gallery wall. Proper matting and framing, like in this triptych style, can really make the difference between your photos looking like ho-hum snapshots or gallery-quality keepsakes. Now that you know where to buy art online, check out these other clever home improvement ideas you’ll love—and wonder why you didn’t try sooner.