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Exploring the Allure of Affordable Art in Interior Design

At Tate Studio, we believe that great design doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag. In fact, incorporating unique and affordable art into our projects is a cornerstone of our design philosophy. Join us on a journey as we explore four fantastic avenues for discovering budget-friendly artworks that add character and charm to your spaces.

1. Photography and Art Print Websites

We're passionate about original art, but we understand that sometimes budgets and spaces call for a more affordable approach. Luckily, we've discovered the treasure trove of photography and art print websites. These platforms not only showcase the talent of our favorite artists and photographers but also offer limited (or not-so-limited) edition prints of their captivating works.

Why We Love It:

  • Affordable options without compromising on style.

  • Room for both originals and prints in the same project.

  • A perfect solution for secondary spaces that deserve a touch of artistry.

Insider Sources:

House of Spoils is a website featuring a curated collection of ready-to-hang fine art photography. All images are printed on premium matte artist grade paper  – touting gallery-like quality and outstanding color. These two pieces are by Natalie Obradovich are some of our favorites.

A primary bedroom with a green bedspread and colorful cowboy art by Jon Flaming hanging above the bed.

For our modern eclectic project the art set the tone, with this print - "Cowboy Reading in Big Bend" by Jon Flaming.

These limited edition prints are from artist Leslie Grainger, and they are available on Chairish. We used these in a kid's bathroom for a pop of color. Chairish has an extensive offering of both original and reproduced art, both new and vintage. Leslie Grainger is also a wonderful artist to explore, with a wide range of pricing on her original pieces.

A vintage bar cart stacked with glassware and cocktail bottles sitting beneath four colorful flower posters.

What a pop of personality these four prints from Pstr Studio added to our Merrimac dining room! Zoe Wodarz via

A colorful gallery wall in a playroom hanging above a blue velvet sofa.

And we cannot leave out etsy, minted and Artfully Walls! For this spirited playroom project we created a gallery wall with pieces from these and a few other fun, affordable sources!

From Left to Right: lollipops and "go read a book"- Jenny Westenhofer via Minted and Rachel K. Swanson via Minted

white line blue abstract and colorful abstract (top right)- Jorey Hurley via etsy

shadowbox bear - Scout Design Studio

2. Finding Affordable Art at Estate Sales, Flea Markets, and Antique Malls

When it comes to the thrill of the hunt and the joy of stumbling upon hidden gems, you should really put the brakes on when you spot an antique mall on a road trip. And we can't overlook the Round Top Antiques & Design Show. This iconic event is held three times annually and it is a haven for antique enthusiasts, offering a vast array of unique finds that can instantly elevate your interior design.

Why We Love It:

  • Storytelling with History: Each piece carries a unique history and story, adding a layer of authenticity to your space. The charm of vintage and antique items can't be replicated, making them conversation starters that tell tales of a bygone era.

  • Budget-Friendly Elegance: Discovering hidden treasures doesn't have to break the bank. Affordable art from these sources allows us to infuse elegance into our designs without compromising on the budget. It's the perfect marriage of sophistication and frugality.

  • One-of-a-Kind Finds: The joy of finding something truly unique is unparalleled. Estate sales, flea markets, and antique malls offer a diverse range of items, ensuring that each piece we select is one-of-a-kind. Our designs stand out with elements that can't be replicated elsewhere.

Left: Watercolor still-life, Paris bistro pen and ink / Middle: Vintage botanicals all from Round Top, TX /

Right: Vintage cruise ship menu covers from an estate sale and a unique piece of salvaged driftwood

Left: Vintage plates found at a garage sale displayed in acrylic shadowbox frames / Middle: Vintage plates sourced from antique malls / Right: Vintage oil paintings from client's collection

3. Your Closets

Don't underestimate the potential hanging in your own closets! Beautiful scarves, like those from Hermés, can be framed for gorgeous wall decor. Additionally, consider using personal mementos or small collections in shadow boxes to create art that tells a personal story. Imagine a collection of matchbooks from places you've been or a grid of seashells, each with the place and date it was collected beneath it. The possibilities are endless in this category.

Why We Love It:

  • Utilizing personal items for meaningful and unique decor.

  • Creating a story on your walls with mementos and collections.

Framed vintage Hermes scarves hanging above a sitting area.

Framed vintage Hermés scarves via

Art is not just a finishing touch but an integral part of interior design. By exploring these avenues, we've not only enriched our projects with unique pieces but also made art accessible to everyone. So, the next time you're pondering how to elevate your space without breaking the bank, consider the world of affordable art – where creativity meets budget with spectacular results.

Ready to infuse your interiors with affordable art? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments!

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