Whether you’re starting a new job or moving into a new apartment or house, it’s a great excuse — um, I mean, opportunity — to buy some art, whether that means a painting from a local artist or a framed print of an iconic photograph, so today we’re sharing 7 great places to get art for your office and home. What are your favorite places to find art to decorate your walls — online or otherwise? What sorts of art have you chosen for your office or home?
In the past, we’ve discussed family pictures at the office, the best places to get cute office decor, three ways to jazz up your office walls, and more — and we’ve wondered how nice is too nice for office decor. Especially relevant to this post, we once had a conversation about a reader question on whether a particular vintage movie poster was acceptable for work.
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Here are 7 great places to get art for your office and home:
20×200 notes that it offers art from “emerging, established, and legendary artists.” A few in that “legendary” category, which is not the site’s primary focus, are Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lang, and Hokusai — and you can browse several lesser-known artists in the Artist Spotlight posts on the company’s blog. The site’s categories include abstract art, drawings and illustrations, landscapes, maps, seascapes, still life, and text art — and their exclusive prints are created with archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper. Prices start at $35. 20×200 offers custom framing but doesn’t have a huge selection — the options are limited to either black or white wooden frames.
If you’ve shopped at Etsy lately, you’ll know that the site has an overwhelming number of items. While it wasn’t necessary during the site’s early days, in a category like “art” it’s essential to select as many search filters as possible to narrow down your results. (Sometimes, for example, I’ll click “Ready to ship in 1 business day,” set the shop location as “United States,” and select “handmade” rather than “vintage.”) Of course, Etsy has every kind of wall art imaginable, in any price range, but a few small, specialized shops I’ve tried — only for gifts, so far — are Lisa Barbero (for map art), RetroPetsArt, and SouthernBirdStudio — and I’ve bookmarked The Geekerie and tiny confessions. (Note: Those shops are heavy on animal subjects and/or quirkiness.)
When you think of Minted, you probably think of holiday cards first (any reviews to share, considering the season?), but the site also offers fine art prints — paintings, photography, and drawings from more than 10,000 independent artists in 100 countries. Minted currently has several collaborations with companies like Domino and West Elm, including more unexpected ones (Minted x Method = decorative soap dispensers). The site’s services include free shipping and free returns, and even free art styling. (Just text a photo of the wall you’re looking to decorate, and a stylist will send you suggestions — and add them to your cart.) Framing is available: 17 frames, 4 finishes, 13 sizes, and 4 ways to mount your chosen art.
Society6 sells art on everything from totes to yoga mats (Kat has previously recommended their serving trays and laptop sleeves), but wall art is a big part of their business. That includes framed art prints, canvas prints, posters, wall hangings, metal prints, and more. The offerings come from hundreds of thousands of artists from around the world who sell their work through the site. The search functions aren’t as useful as other sites, but you can look for art by color and by suggested terms such as abstract, landscape, photography, and pop art (including … memes?). Framing options include gesso-coated frames in black, white, and various “natural nudes.”
If a huge selection is what you’re looking for, try Art.com, which has millions of prints and other art for sale. The site also gives customers more than 200 (!) framing options — and you can also search by framed art. (You can even upload your own art for framing.) Big names abound, for example, Matisse, Dalí, van Gogh, Picasso, O’Keeffe, Warhol, and Kahlo — but Art.com also has a section highlighting “today’s most inventive contemporaries” and features a bit more diversity. You can browse a long list of subjects that range from architecture to animals to maps to botanical prints, and movie posters and comic art are available, too. You can even search by room, e.g., hallway, home office, and … garage?
If you want something a bit more upscale, Saatchi Art, which offers paintings, photography, drawings, and prints from more than 60,000 artists, is a great choice. The site’s search function includes more specific (and art-focused) filters than most of the sites above, such as style (abstract, conceptual, modern, etc.), subject (nature, architecture, nude, etc.), artist’s country, and so on. A few examples of curated collections are “Monochrome,” “Mid-Century Modern,” and “International Artists on the Rise.” With the site’s free Art Advisory service, a curator will collect about 30 artworks for you to look at — just complete a short survey and prepare to spend at least $1,000.
If you’d rather get up close and personal with the art you’re considering, try small art galleries, secondhand shops (ranging from Goodwill to high-end consignment stores), local art festivals, estate sales, and even garage sales. You’ll encounter everything from paintings to posters to scary clown prints that will haunt your dreams. And as Kat pointed out in a recent CorporetteMoms post, libraries lend a lot more than books, so check your local branch for an art lending library — you’ll always have new-to-you art on your walls! (For example, my city’s downtown branch offers hundreds of framed art prints, including works from local artists, and you can borrow up to four pieces for eight weeks each.)
What are your favorite places to get art for your office and home? Where have you located your best finds? Do you buy art already framed or have pieces framed online or at a local shop?