10 resources to download affordable artwork
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If you’ve been trapped indoors for a year, maybe it’s high time you upgrade those blank walls of yours. For one, art can make you happy. According to one study, looking at artwork releases the same chemicals in our brains as when we fall in love. These days, most of us will take all the dopamine we can get.
Despite some eyebrow-raising numbers at auctions, art doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, there are plenty of online resources with affordable options for those of us with empty walls and empty wallets.
Juniper Print Shop
At Juniper, interior designer Jenny Komenda hawks originals by dozens of artists, plus replicas of flea market finds, and even watercolors she’s done herself. There’s abstract arrangements, desert scenes, cityscapes, portraits, and everything in between.
Priced around $20, the downloads—we’ll talk about where and how to print later on—come in a range of ratios to tailor each to your space. Most files can stretch up to 24 inches by 36 inches, but there’s even oversized ones as large as 79 inches by 55 inches—perfect for that extra-large space above a bed or couch.
- Get the Here With You digital download at Juniper Print Shop for $20
- Get the Barbary digital download at Juniper Print Shop for $20
- Get the Peachy I digital download at Juniper Print Shop for $20
BFF Print Shop
Jade Bennett and Britt Gurr curate hundreds of beachy landscapes, architectural photographs, line art, and kid-friendly prints. The interior designer (Bennett) and photographer (Gurr)—and, yep, BFFs—price most downloads around $15, and once you receive an email with the file, there are plenty of sizes to choose from.
- Get the Moody Flowers download at BFF Print Shop for $15
- Get the Sapphire Lake download at BFF Print Shop for $15
- Get the Sage Forest download at BFF Print Shop for $15
Pick from nautical seascapes, old-school still life paintings, and vintage portraits at around $15 apiece, thanks to photographer and designer April Zelenka’s eye. Each download’s ratios and maximum dimensions are noted, and there’s even a section for your Samsung Frame TV. Want to skip the DIY print job? You can also purchase prints directly from the site in a range of sizes—or order custom proportions if you’re dreaming up something a little different.
- Get the Bearded Sailor art print at Vintage Supply starting at $29
- Get the Commuters digital download at Vintage Supply for $15
The Printable Concept
Founded by visual artist Julie Groleau, the Printable Concept offers art exhibition posters, abstract portraits, text-based designs, and playful photographs—all around $7. There’s some ready-to-ship options on matte paper if you want to shell out a few more bucks, plus a few select prints that are free to download. Your purchases come in a handful of ratios that are listed on the product page.
North and Finch
Find pastel sunsets, floral designs, sketches of ballerinas, trees, and mountains, and portraits you’d expect to find in a museum’s great halls. Downloads are priced at $15, though you also have the option to order giclee prints from the sisters who own the business for even more visual oomph.
- Get the Meadow digital download at North and Finch for $15
- Get the Reflection digital download at North and Finch for $15
At Katie Staples’ site, browse wintry scenes, pared-down line drawings of shorelines, an illustration of a vintage Bronco, and beyond. Customers can purchase the $20 downloads, and have the option to order prints that’ll ship straight to their homes, too.
Pulp Print Shop
An interior design photographer and vintage rug dealer teamed up for this online shop. Lindsey King and Kristi Olio work with artists to bring original artwork at affordable price points to the masses. Check out Ashley Carlascio’s shots of national parks, Mande Gaffney’s abstract landscapes, plus vintage prints, too. Each listing includes the maximum dimensions—some work up to 40 inches by 60 inches—so you can gauge if it’ll work for the spot you have in mind.
- Get the Housatonic Valley digital download at Pulp Print Shop for $20
- Get the Portrait de Jeune Homme digital download at Pulp Print Shop for $20
- Get the Claire digital download at Pulp Print Shop for $20
- Get the Inky India V digital download at Pulp Print Shop for $20
There are a number of shops on Etsy, and many offer a discount if you purchase multiple downloads. You’re welcome to browse to your heart’s content, but here’s a handful of highly rated sellers to get started:
- Belle Art Prints: Modified portraits of historical figures feature butterflies and other adornments, plus there are lots of floral arrangements to pick from.
- Chaos and Wonder Design: Find charcoal figure drawings, botanical prints, and fashion sketches.
- Digital Art Print: Discover plenty of bold art exhibition posters to add joyful color.
- Exotic Sheep Vintage: Scroll through paintings of tulip fields, equestrian images, and vintage portraits.
- Grace Digital Art: Fuel your wanderlust with slices of beach life and scenes from Paris, London, and beyond.
- Heirloom Print Shop: Explore landscapes of everything from clothes lines to the French countryside and farm life.
- Smuzi: Purchase black-and-white photos of supermodel Kate Moss and wordsmith Ernest Hemingway.
- Westwoven: Scoop up oil portraits of dogs, sketches of anchors, and more.
Bring your childhood fantasies to life with crisp images of black holes, closeups of Saturn’s rings, and other galactic snaps captured from the Hubble Telescope and spacecraft. The image library is a bit tricky to navigate, but the virtual treasure hunt is worth it for the free-to-download high-resolution pics.
Museums and libraries
These public institutions offer way more than books and exhibitions. Several of them provide access to renowned works that are in the public domain, similar to how you can cut down on your book-buying budget by downloading novels once the copyright has expired. These downloads are safe for personal use, so you can dress your dining room's walls without worry. Explore the digitized collections by searching for a particular subject or household names like Degas and Warhol.
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- Boston Public Library
- The Met
- The National Gallery of Art
- New York Public Library
- The Smithsonian
Where can you print your art downloads?
You can use your printer at home, head to your local print shop, or swing by big-box stores like Costco, FedEx, Staples, and Walgreens. There are online services like Shutterfly and Mixbook for large-format prints, too.
As far as price, expect to spend anywhere from $5 to $50 and upward to print each download. It all depends on where you go, the dimensions, and the type of paper you choose, among other factors.
You can also send digital files to Framebridge, a service we love that will print and frame your treasures before shipping the custom work straight to your door.
Finally, be sure to save the file for future use—that’s another part where affordability comes in. Moving to a new apartment, or want to put the print in a different room? You can re-print the download to make it work for its next home.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.