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Four bare walls

Really? Who lives like that? Well, nobody should. Walls do more than hold up our roof – they are prime real estate for ART! Any kind of art. Me-made art, purchased art, children-made art, art in the broadest sense. You don’t need to be a billionaire to afford art. We’re not talking the Mona Lisa. We’re talking wall art of the finest kind. The kind we love and can sometimes make ourselves.

We all love to have things on our walls. Having bare walls says a few things about us.

  • We just moved in yesterday.
  • We’re going to paint today.
  • We’re rearranging our wall do-dahs.
  • We don’t have any wall art. (This is the saddest one.)

Creating art for walls is fun and easy. It can be free, or we may have to buy a few things. But generally we can create our own wall art in a day. Sometimes two or three days.

The trick is  … to copy someone else’s. I don’t mean steal their idea, I mean, use their idea as a kick start to your own piece of art. Being online, we can access billions of ideas. That’s part of the problem – idea overload. Let’s narrow it down.

  1. Find 5-7 sites that express your style. You may have seen commercials for the site and you watch it every time. “I love that chair!” “I love the kitchen cabinets!” “I want that shower curtain.”
  2. Look at all their room set-ups. What is it that you love about them? Narrow it down so you know what to make yourself.
  3. Look at the specific Wall Art categories to see what they are selling that you want on your wall. It’s perfectly legal to purchase it at this point. But if you’re the creative tiype –  figure out how to  make it yourself!
  4. Browse the Clearance Page. Not only can you find some amazing prices, you’ll find some ideas that will spark new ideas.

Making Your Own Wall Art

I can totally see myself making the piece at the beginning. The listing says it’s 39 x 30 which is a pretty large piece of wall art, so I think I’d make it smaller. Maybe 20 x 30 (ish). A few acrylic paints, a kitchen plate, a pencil – can you see the project coming together? It’s going on my list of To-Do’s!

Here are a few examples of wall art I think we could make ourselves –

(each picture is linked back to its original site)

wall artI’m sure this one is harder than it looks, but I think with a little effort it can be done.






We may not envision ourselves as artists – I sure don’t – but things like this can be done. Break it down into sections, or colors. Look at the inspiration picture intently, study it. Try a few small examples on scrap paper before painting on your canvas or wood.

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I like the idea of three pieces in a row. They can be united by color, design or hanging hardware.

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You can certainly purchase any of these or more. They aren’t outrageously expensive. But there is something satisfying about making your own art. When your guests comment on it – positively – they are commenting not only on your good taste, but your ability to create art.

While I don’t consider myself an abstract person, I think there is a place for any of these pieces in any home. A splash of color in a darker corner is always welcome. Let’s just say we have an eclectic personality!

How likely are you to make your own art?

See you Wednesday!


Author: Karen

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5 thoughts on “Wall Art: How to Make Your House Happy

  1. I love to paint, and the best thing about it is, I can make it my own. Love the smeared look, it can be done on anything. I have a dresser that I painted like that. Everyone loves it.
    I enjoy your blog Karen, always so inspiring.
    Hugs, Carol

    Posted on September 26, 2016 at 9:02 am
    1. Thank you 🙂 Any chance you’d send me some pictures? I would love to see them, and share them here if you didn’t mind.

      Posted on September 26, 2016 at 9:05 am
  2. Well…I really DID move in a few days ago but these walls won’t be bare for long!! I love antique mirrors as art and I have a lot of them….REALLY a lot!!! I am thinking about doing some funky painting on the frames before hanging them in this new house with my new husband! 🙂 Thanks for the great ideas, Karen! XO

    Posted on September 26, 2016 at 8:42 am
    1. How fun for you! I love frames and mirrors too!

      Posted on September 26, 2016 at 9:04 am
    2. I Love all your mirrors and the funky painting sounds really neat. I hope you send pictures. 🙂

      Posted on September 26, 2016 at 9:04 am