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You don't have to spend thousands of dollars on artwork for your home. Making it yourself allows you to customize the colors, style, and shapes to your own tastes.
Art gallery photography can be expensive, so try using your own photographs as artwork. Take high-resolution digitals and have them enlarged to poster size. These can be custom-framed for a high-end look or simply mounted in inexpensive frames from a crafts store.
Don't throw out cans once you've finished their contents -- instead, decorate with them. The shiny metal and ribbed pattern give these wall-mount vases a modern industrial look. Drill holes in the sides of the cans and join them together with bolts. Add a few holes in the top backs for hanging. Use these recycled cans as vases or over a desk for office supplies.
Anything can be art once you put a frame around it. Here, peel-and-stick circles on mat board make the perfect colorful addition to a kid's room. Use this technique in any color combo to create a look that coordinates with your room.
Give the kids markers or crayons in the colors of your room and let them create their own art. Choose your favorites and frame them with colored mats -- just as though you'd purchased an expensive original. The kids will love seeing their work displayed and you'll have a keepsake of their creativity.
Get this look by tracing shapes (such as these birds) and cutting the designs out of black paper. Mounted on a colored background, or even on white, the shapes are unique ways to fill a wall with color and pattern. Try leaves, trees, or even your child's profile.
Framing your own artwork makes it look like an expensive room accent. Try a collage of art papers in all one color or get some craft paint to block out a monochromatic design. This is also a great way to add more color in an all-white or neutral space.
Small items such as postcards or book illustrations gain instant impact when surrounded with an extra-wide white mat and framed in a contrasting color.
Museum shops have a wide variety of postcards, note cards, and art prints at reasonable prices. Treat your favorites to a beautiful linen mat and an upscale gilded frame.
One small framed piece has added importance when placed in a grouping that includes a large mirror. Mimic the look by framing a reproduction drawing from a museum store.
It's time to take a trip to the fabric store. Look for texture and pattern in off-the-bolt yardage that resembles expensive weavings. Add a border of contrasting linen around the edges, sew drapery rings to the top, and hang your faux tapestry from a bold rod. For a traditional look, loop tassels over the ends of the finials.