How to Get Affordable Wall Art (plus Book Giveaways)

Do you want fabulous art for your walls, but can’t spend a fortune?  I have many clients who can’t seem to strike a balance – they don’t want to pay the high price for original art, yet they don’t want cookie-cutter art from the typical discount decor stores or popular online sources.  So their walls stay empty for years! I think you’re gonna love this option for affordable and interesting art.  Jamin and Ashley Mills from The Handmade Home have put out a book – actually a series of books that address this issue.  

handmade walls

get Handmade Walls here 


Handmade Walls is a beautiful book that teaches you step-by-step how to make frames for your art – 22 projects in all.  They tell you how to make very unique and beautiful frames that all your friends will be asking about. Perfect for a decorating DIYer or a newbie wanting to try something different for your home.



Now, here is the most exciting part:  Jamin and Ashley have put together 3 different books with collections of 40 8×10 pieces of art that you can use in your home.  The perforations make it easy to just pull out what you like!  Use them with the frames you learn to make in the Handmade Walls book, or simply purchase standard store-bought frames and mats to create a fantastic wall art grouping.  The art collections include Art for the Contemporary Home, Art for the Traditional Home, and Art for the Eclectic Home.

art for the eclectic home

Get 40 pieces of original art for less than $.50 each here!


The Mills curated original art from up-and-coming artists that can be used in any room of your home. Here are just a few examples:  

horse art



eclectic art



traditional art



eclectic art


You can use the art to hang separately, in pairs, or combine them for a unique gallery wall display. You know how I love a good art grouping!


via Pinterest


In fact, I love this idea and the art in these books so much that I’m going to use them to create an art grouping for the wall going upstairs in my home.  We’re planning to renovate the kids’ upstairs bathroom in a couple of months and will be redecorating the hallway, as well.  I promise I’ll show you when we get rolling on that project!


Laura Leiss’ entry via Pinterest


So, how would YOU like to win Handmade Walls, Art for the Contemporary Home, Art for the Traditional Home, or Art for the Eclectic Home?  Just for being a loyal Decorologist reader, you can! But wait . . .

chalkboard crafts

Get your copy here 


The publisher is also throwing in DIY Chalkboard Crafts by Lizette Schapekahm! This book is filled with more than 50 creative projects you can do with chalkboard paint.

diy chalkboard crafts


If you’d like to win one of these books, here’s what you need to do:


1) Become an email subscriber to The Decorologist (if you haven’t already)

2) Go to Adams Media on Facebook and “LIKE” their page

3) Leave a comment below about where you can use some new art in your home


That’s it!  If you want additional chances to win, “LIKE” The Decorologist on Facebook or share this post via Facebook and let me know in the comments.  I’ll announce the winners Wednesday, January 15, 2014 and FIVE lucky readers will receive one of these fabulous books and/or art.  Thanks to Adams Media for giving us these books!

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115 thoughts on “How to Get Affordable Wall Art (plus Book Giveaways)

  1. marina says:

    I have nothing on the walls in the entryway of muse. I always thought an art grouping would look good but didn’t know where to start. These books are the perfect inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Daphne Sweeney says:

    Our foyer has remained empty of art work for 4 years now because I just can’t find that “something” to make it unique and a statement about our home.

  3. Jeanne Kramer says:

    Ooooooh! I want a gallery wall in my office AND would love to reference/recommend these books to my home staging clients! So many of them just need affordable options for wall art and some added color in their rooms.


  4. Jamie says:

    Oh my goodness!!! ALL of these would look fantastic in our new house. We’re hopefully moving in next week and we have a LOT of bare wall space to cover, plus I should have space for a craft room that is practically SCREAMING for projects like this. Shared and liked.
    I want, I want, I want! 🙂

  5. Elayne says:

    These are great! We just bought a house in Nashville’s Sylvan Park area, so we will be needing lots of art to make it feel like our home and personality for us and our two boys! 🙂

  6. Ashley says:

    My husband and I are building a new home and will be moving in by March. I have so many new spaces to decorate I don’t even know where to start. I would love to have these to start planning new spaces, like the hallway and living room!

  7. Lisa Grubb says:

    Would love to win these fabulous books. I have recently painted both my hallways and haven’t hung anything. Very tired of what was there (although I love my kid’s photos), I am ready for a change. Have also recently renovated both bathrooms and have some stuff up that I had around but would love to learn how to make exciting frames. I have been a fan of your for a few years now and have just liked the Adams Media. Can’t wait to see what you will be doing with this project.

  8. Geinger says:

    My stairway walls are crazy bare! I’ve been waiting on “inspiration” to hit me. Unfortunately, “Ms. Inspiration” has been on vacation since we moved into this house 1 1/2 years ago!

  9. Beth says:

    My stairs have been bare for 3.5 years and counting. One large piece would be too bulky, so a gallery of smaller pieces would be just the way to go.

  10. Sat Hari says:

    Hi 🙂 I am in the process of looking for or creating art for a large wall in my living room and another large wall in my entry and stair. Have liked all fb pages mentioned and am already a subscriber. I would feel giddy about winning something. It’s like being a kid again. 🙂
    Have a good one and thank you for your posts!

  11. Jolynn says:

    We are building a new and more spacious home after living in a mobile home for 12 years. So all of that new wallspace will be ripe for beautiful art!

  12. Pam C says:

    My bedroom lacks wall art-this is where I would like to start. I liked Adams Media on FB and get your newsletter and follow you on FB.

  13. Donna says:

    Love your blog! I need some artwork in an upstairs gallery wall; these books would be great inspiration and a needed addition.

  14. Riven Gamble says:

    I was bored with our great room (entry/living/dining) and took down everything hanging, so I now have naked walls. I need inspiration & ideas so I don’t end up repeating what I’ve already done before.

  15. Roben Gamble says:

    Autocorrect changes my first name to some epic role-playing card game (because, who programs autocorrect? …..)
    I’m sharing your post on Facebook : ]

  16. Barbara @ DIY Home Staging Tips says:

    All these books sound great, something that’s really needed by many! I could use some framed art to fill the two spaces on either side of a mirror I have near my dining area.

    Frames can make all the difference, so I’m especially interested in the framing projects.

  17. Paula Diekhoff says:

    Kristie, thank you for showcasing these books and the beautiful, usable artwork. We are still in the process of remodeling, but sure could use artwork, as most of the walls in the house sit blank. I have practically nil decorating sense, so this would be just a wonderful win and a way for me to mix and match and hopefully create a wall of art in several places.

  18. Linda says:

    I need art in so many places — hallway, powder room, master bedroom, family room . . . . and the list goes on and on. I would love to have these books! Love your blog, Kristie!

  19. Cheryl Rogers says:

    Oh my goodness, Kristie, how I need these. My husband has advanced Parkinson’s disease and we were fortunate to find a lovely home two years ago that has everything on one level and no steps into the house to accommodate his needs. It is an open concept: foyer/entry, living, dining, kitchen and I am having a terrible time finding the right art for the spacious walls that will be homey and welcoming. The search becomes even more complicated as we live in rural Iowa and requires a 1.5 to 2 hour drive each way to a major shopping area. Not to mention, I work full time. Please, please help me out my selecting me for these wonderful books. An avid follower of your blog.

  20. Kalee says:

    Although my house is still a work in progress (decor wise) I have a few rooms that are complete…except empty walls! My bedroom needs wall art above the long dresser, and my kitchen needs something on the two bare walls by my redone dining table. And I’d love to get something cute for the walls in my new nursery for our first baby!

  21. Karen says:

    I never did finish my stairwell gallery, partly because I went up as high as I could reach. May be time to rent some scaffolding… LOL

  22. Nancy says:

    You just described me perfectly РI hate the artwork that you see in just about every home d̩cor store. My walls are pretty bare. I LOVE the idea of these art books!

  23. Jean says:

    Lots of talented high school and college students produce and display art in shows at their schools. This is a very affordable way to “discover” an up and coming artist. Call your local school art teachers and ask when and where their students will be showcasing their work.

  24. Amanda says:

    I can use some new art in my stairwell. These books are a great idea! My husband already makes my frames (sometimes I paint them, sometimes I don’t) and I love how this company made a book about that. The possibilities with home made frames are endless- so fun!

  25. Kathleen barry says:

    Hello everyone-Brand new member here. This is a great website I tripped over. So glad I did! I now have knowledge to place my furniture with a focal point!! We are moving into a new house/ State tomorrow.
    Coming from Colorado and Texas – moving to Florida- I can see that
    Incorporating scenic-ocean-views in wall art is a must.Replacing mountain-moose art. LOL This will be a project I must attempt. Starting with a book of knowledge would be wise….thanks, KB

  26. Becky says:

    My living room has just been remodeled and there is one blank wall that could really use some art. Problem is, I am not a decorator, but a really good imitator! These books would be a great help.
    P.S. I also “Liked” you on Facebook.

  27. Kelli says:

    My new living room is much bigger than the last and is therefore is in desperate need of wall art!! All I see is a blank canvas and this book would be an amazing start!! Thank you for this post (:

  28. Joanne says:

    My TV wall could use some art so it is not just this big black thing hanging in my family room. I love the chance of winning one of these inspirational art books.

  29. Diane says:

    I got divorced and moved into my own house. I need art for every room! I love the idea of a collection already put together for me.

  30. Pam says:

    I have been struggling for years with getting art on the walls going upstairs and that’s what I would do with these books!

  31. Teresa says:

    Love chalk art. I have a fireplace screen I painted with chalkboard paint and wrote on it with chalk. Our upcoming ladies event is chalkboard decor and would love having more ideas from this book. I am doing a room for our two granddaughters and would love doing special art on the walls just for them.

  32. Karen says:

    I need a new, fresh look for my home! Think I will take down all my existing art, and make new groupings in different rooms with this new art. Sounds like fun!!!

  33. Samantha Ley says:

    Where COULDN’T I use some art work?! I think this article was talking about me! I have too many bare walls and one big old Kirklands picture in my living room I don’t even like, but it’s there so my walls aren’t totally blank. I think this is the best thing ever and I would so LOVE to win- please oh please pick me!

  34. Samantha Ley says:

    Where COULDN’T I use some art work?! I think this article was talking about me! I have too many bare walls and one big old Kirklands picture in my living room I don’t even like, but it’s there so my walls aren’t totally blank. I think this is the best thing ever and I would so LOVE to win- please oh please pick me! Also I am a long time Facebook fan, & I get your emails- I love your work.

  35. Melissa Raines says:

    I am putting the finishing touches on my new mid-century/eclectic room and need art work to make it complete. This may very well be my answer! Beautiful prints!

  36. Michelle Walker says:

    First, I’m cracking up at how fans come out of the woodwork when something “free” is mentioned. We are a desperate bunch when it comes to getting our decorating needs met. :0)

    Second, I have a curved wall on my staircase as part of my 2 story vaulted foyer in a 1967 arts & crafts style home aka it’s a HUGE space and it’s not flat so I’ve had no idea what to do with it. The Laura Leiss entry pix you included makes me think that an oversized framing grouping might work with the right art.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Well, I’m glad you said it and not me 😉 Your house sounds like it has some really cool architecture – I’m wondering what part of the country you live? Not many arts and crafts style homes were built in the sixties.

  37. Taunya says:

    My bedroom and guest room could definitely use some new art. These books are great! Thanks so much for the giveaway. Liked and shared on Facebook.

  38. Ally says:

    Unfortunately my house is plagued with the cheap decor from discount stores, I hate it. I would love to make my home more inviting and cozy with more unique art!!!

  39. Jami Cordry says:

    First of all, I really enjoy your blog. Living in a SoCal beach town, it’s really interesting to see how much decorating styles differ depending on location. Secondly, where don’t I need art?! I live in a three story townhome and all of the blank walls going up the stairs look so neglected. This collection looks like it would be perfect. I will definitely be sharing with my clients. Thanks for posting.

  40. Meg Johnson says:

    I need art in my bedroom and all 3 of my bathrooms. I’m about to do a “refresh” on my master bedroom and these look like they might be fun to use.

  41. Phillipia says:

    If I were fortunate enough to win these books, I’d intermingle the new additions with some of my existing pieces to build more impactful displays.

  42. JudeB says:

    WOW! What a FABULOUS idea!! I’d LOVE to win one of these books as we’ve just built an extension to give us a downstairs bedroom (I’m disabled) and a new bathroom and the walls are completely bare, but the money’s run out, so this idea would be perfect for me. Keeping my fingers crossed.


  43. Jane-Marie Bloomberg says:

    I have always used old calendars in the past but I love the idea of these books since they give you more variety. My laundry room is the first one to tackle on my list! I’ll also be sure to recommend them to some of my clients. Thanks for the info!

  44. Joy says:

    Well, I have been in my home over 40 years and have just finished having most of the rooms painted.
    I’m loving my new white kitchen cupboards. So this is a perfect time to hang some new artwork as all of my new walls and ceiling colors are awesome. Yea lessons learned from Kristie!

  45. jeannette says:

    After spending $330 to frame 2 pieces of ‘art’, I’m in! And I did the 2 workshops with Kristie, so now I know how to arrange the art on the perfectly painted walls surrounding my perfectly placed furniture! Thanks, Ms. Deco!

    • jeannette says:

      Oh and I forgot to mention that today is the 4 month anniversary of our new home purchase! The 2300 sq feet and 10 foot ceilings also put me in the running for those framed art pix!

  46. jess Martinez says:

    I REALLY need art for our master bedroom! It is a HUGE room with bare walls and we’ve been here 2 years already!

  47. Shannon says:

    I am the very person you described. I want beautiful art for our home, but I don’t want to pay hundreds and thousands for original art. The “cookie-cutter art” in popular stores is usually not the traditional type of artwork we prefer. Also, buying this art automatically takes away any hope of uniqueness since the same artwork shows up in different homes. Plus, there is something about the “same-ness” I see in popular stores – – similar looks abound so much that sometimes when I walk in a home, I’m certain the art was purchased at a particular store because it has “that look.” Your headline caught my attention immediately, and I’m glad to know there’s a solution out there for my naked walls!

  48. Jen C. says:

    I did all the things you asked! I am your e-mail subscriber, I “liked” Adams Media (which looks so fun, by the way), I shared on FB, I already “liked” you on FB. I also “like” you in real life–does that get an extra entry? 😉
    I need artwork everywhere! And you know me, I despise cookie cutter stuff. I have had this beautiful new addition on my home for 16 months now and it has literally NOTHING on the walls! My bedroom also needs some things–ever since the Decorologist came in and gave me this amazing new bedroom, I haven’t found anything I love enough to put on the walls. I’m so picky. I need a book like this because I need someone to hand me something and say “DO THIS.” 🙂

  49. Heather Hicks says:

    I have very empty walls : ) Only one old picture in my living room. I would love to own one of the books you mentioned above. It would be so nice to spice up my home with some beautiful art. I am a photographer and would love to learn how to make some one of a kind frames : ) Thank you for all the info that you share!

  50. Lisa says:

    I desperately need some fresh art in several areas of our home. I’d love to update some frames in our house with new prints! Thanks for sharing this giveaway!!

  51. Klaudette says:

    Ok! I did 1,2,3 and liked your facebook page. I’ve been a email subscriber for a while now!
    I would use the art in my kitchen eating area as wall as a wall in our family room! These books look fantastic!

  52. Ingrid says:

    Many places could use help, but 11 years and 3 kids later, our living room is so tired and desperately needs some sprucing up! I would be thrilled to find some ways to update with new art. The books look great! I just “liked” Adams Media, as well as the Decorologist. Jen Christopher is my friend, too, and I hope you are paying her well. She raves about you and your talent! (Kidding…I’m pretty sure she isn’t paid and that she really feels that way….I keep telling myself I am going to bring you in to work some magic in my home! 2014 is the year!) Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  53. Sarah Schulz says:

    I am so excited to see this post! I am in the middle of redecorating our playroom and then will be moving on to our master bedroom. I have just gotten rid of all our previous wall hangings and artwork in both rooms and need some new and fresh ideas for art in both rooms. I can so use all of these books!

  54. Joanne G says:

    I would love to hang a gallery of pictures on my stairway wall. The books look amazing! I have “liked” the Decorologist on FB for a while now, have been an email subscriber for a long time and have just liked Adams Media. Thanks so much for this opportunity.

  55. Carol Bowman says:

    Have been thinking about doing a gallery wall in the front stairway of our foyer. Been collecting frames….just need something to put in them!

  56. Angela Raynaud says:

    We have lived in a rental for the past 5 years and I need a change! Unfortunately, I am not going to invest in all the board and batten and decorative painting that I’d love to do so this would be GREAT for an easier change of scenery!

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