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Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 12:06 am

Inexpensive artwork options

Artwork doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive. Designers use a number of tricks to create interesting and original artwork without breaking the bank. Here are seven tips for adding artwork to your decor on a budget.

*  Mix and match. Whether using frames and prints of different shapes and sizes or placing two mismatched pieces of art side by side, mixing it up can create interest.

* Consider mirrors. In many instances, mirrors can be an affordable solution. Small mirrors placed in a series or grouping can be a creative and attractive display.

* Use identical pieces of art to create a diptych or triptych. This is a common design trick of interior designers to create the illusion of art in a series.

* Use black and white, which are often forgotten colors. If you are looking for a modern and minimal look, consider black-and-white or even all-white artwork.

* Frame posters, postcards, small prints, or even wrapping paper for colorful art solutions for a children’s room or bathroom.

* Go frameless. Frameless or gallery wrapped artwork is an affordable alternative.

* Go DIY. Making your own art can be both affordable and fun. Consider framing treasured mementos or have fun with paint.

Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com.

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