Happy 2019, everyone! As we embark on a new trip around the sun, Jonas and I decided to ground ourselves with some goals for the year. Damn, was it refreshing. We’ve been feeling a little unsettled - ironic given we’re in our first home - by all that we want for our future(s), and the departure from security that will be required to make it happen. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been itching to shake things up in 2019. I feel this energy in my bones that I just need something different. I need to be bold. To go big or go home. So, in the spirit of “going big” I’m digging into large format art and why I L-O-V-E it for today’s post.
We’ve seen a wave of minimalism in the last few years, with people shifting from the excess to the intentional. I love it. I’ve strived to only incorporate pieces that bring me joy while decluttering my own home. Suffice it to say, 3 cross-country moves in 4 years will certainly help motivate a girl to purge. That being said, while I appreciate the aims of the movement, it allows you the flexibility to keep pieces that make you happy. For me, so much of what brings life to my home is the artwork and photography on our walls.
I have a mixed-media piece hanging in my hallway that reminds me of the kind Croatian artist I bought it from, and sauntering the streets of Split as the sunset.
I have a print in our sunroom that my friend made as a wedding gift - the most meaningful we received. He’s a graphic designer and overlaid our names and wedding date on the album cover of the band whose concert we met at.
I also have been dabbling in creating my own art again, and recently painted some pieces for our living room, dining room, master bedroom, and bathroom. Two of them are sizable, and I love how the scale makes such an impact in the room. Do not get me wrong, I love a good gallery wall, but a large format piece can make such an awesome statement.
The down side: larger sizes usually drive bigger price tags. Have no fear, there are plenty of options to get large format art for your home:
Use your connections: perhaps you have a friend who enjoys making art. See if they’d be willing to make you something!
Check out Etsy or consignment shops: it might take patience, but you’re more likely to be able to snag a larger find for a fraction of the price.
Frame it yourself: often times the most expensive component of photography or digital prints is the framing. Try buying a print and searching for frames at craft or framing stores. You’ll control the style and price point.
Get creative: better yet, skip the frame! There are unique alternatives to hang art - large clips, dowel hangers, etc.
Now, enough rambling and on to the good stuff: