The art of a people is a true mirror to their mind – Jawaharlal Nehru. If interior design is the process of painting our personalities and preferences onto our homes, then hanging art we love on our walls is one of the clearest ways of crystallising that thing we call ‘taste’.
But collecting Real Art can be an expensive endeavour, and rather than keep the rest of the walls bare until we can afford to invest in more, I like affordable prints in cheap frames. There are plenty of these print on demand shops now, but not all are created equally. Below are places I’ve personally bought prints from and can attest to the quality, speed of delivery, packaging and choice. Hope you spot something you just can’t wait to dress your walls with…!
PSTR Studio sells all sorts of prints, but they specialist in licensing the work of major artists. My absolute favourites are the exhibition posters – like these peach and salmon-toned Matisse posters I hung at the weekend. Just shy of matching, but tonally similar enough to feel cohesive, play off the rattan, and inject some sunset warmth into my grey-green master bedroom.
Their range is wide enough that you can easily construct a gallery wall here – or just pick and choose a few statement pieces. Delivery of these prints took about a week, and they were packaged well in sturdy poster tubes. I’ll absolutely by buying from PSTR Studio again (not an ad, just a fan!)
Henri Rousseau – Tropical Forest
Bauhaus exhibition – Austellung 1923
Henri Matisse Burned Orange Dance
Trouva is easily one of my favourite places online for homewares – not just wall art. It’s a marketplace for independent interiors boutiques, so you can find truly unique and unusual – often handmade – gems.
It’s also great for high quality prints, like this Matisse poster (notice a trend??) I bought last year which arrived from the Netherlands within two weeks, and in great packaging.
Delivery times vary because Trouva retailers are located all over the world, but my experiences have always been swift and positive.
Lee Scratch Perry Records Print
Monstera Plant Print
Get Real Plant Print
Old faithful, John Lewis, sell an interesting range of prints. I’m a big of their Pengiun Classics covers (above), and their song lyric prints. And with the advantage of brick-and-mortar stores, you can walk around their art department to see what you like.
A lot of their prints come pre-framed, which makes them more expensive but saves time, effort and the motivation to finally sort out those frames you’ve been meaning to get around to…
DAVID BOWIE LIFE ON MARS LYRICS
Pablo Picasso’s ‘Head, 1946’
Penguin Classics Collection
If there’s a one-stop-shop for affordable prints on the web, it’s Desenio. The collection is huge, and you can shop via gallery wall collections, which make it really easy to create a consistent look, even across different media like photography, graphic design and illustration.
I bought these fluid line art prints from Desenio last year. The prints are really high quality with no pixellation. I had some issues with one of the frames arriving damaged, but their customer service was great and they sent out a replacement immediately.
Amalfi Cityscape Poster
Geometric Shades No.1 Poster
Sunlit Flowers No.2 Poster
In the same mould as Desenio, Juniqe is an online print megastore. With frequent sales events and affiliate discount codes, it’s easy enough to find a bargain. You can also shop their affordable frames in different wood and metallic finishes – just keep in mind they use perspex rather than glass on their frames to keep costs down.