Artwork is expensive. It’s not a necessity, so it is usually eliminated from a student’s budget when they move out of their parent’s house.
Between the artist’s creative effort, the pricey art supplies and the frame, artwork can be a bit of a splurge. There are, however, so many alternatives to traditional framed artwork that can be much kinder on your wallet.
My personal favorite? The corkboard. You might think I’m unoriginal, but a corkboard is such a staple in my opinion. This classic piece looks good in anyone’s home and is beyond versatile.
Here are some ways to stylize a corkboard that you may not have considered before:
- Instead of just tacking up reminders and important documents, used colorful pieces of paper, scrapbooking tape with different designs and unique thumbtacks to make your corkboard functional and beautiful.
- A more traditional way to turn your corkboard into artwork is to treat it as a scrapbook. Pin old photos, movie tickets and small trinkets to the board. To make it more visually appealing, make sure to include a variety of different textures and overlap items. The trick here is to cover up any exposed cork.
- A final way you can stylize your corkboard is to treat it like an inspiration board. Pick a theme and stick to it. Hang fabric scraps, magazine clippings and postcards to your board to give it a more cohesive feel. Make it a fashion-centered board or take on a traveling theme. Whatever you decided, make sure it’s definitely representative of your personality. This is your room after all.
Bonus Tip: Check out Pinterest for other awesome and affordable artwork ideas.
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