I used to adorn my walls with anything cheap and stylish. As I've gotten older I have changed my criteria: cheap and meaningful (and hopefully stylish)
Sometimes those two are hard to put together. On our recent cruise, I mentioned to my husband that I really wanted to find a piece of art in Grand Cayman because that island has a special place in my heart. We searched and searched. All of the art was ridiculously high that day (I've heard they up the prices when a ship is in port). So I started looking for 5x7 greeting cards and came upon these two treasures by the same artist:
Frames: $3 each, Walmart
Mats: $1 each Hobby Lobby
Greeting cards: $2 each
Total for (2) 8x10 pieces of art: $12
I applied the same idea a couple of years ago while visiting Europe. Even though the prints were smaller (4x6), having three in a large frame created the illusion of a large piece of art:
Frame: $15 Michaels (mats included)
Prints: $3 each
Several years ago I visited my brother in San Diego and fell in love with the coastline. I picked up some 11x14 prints from a small vendor at La Jolla beach. They now adorn my guest bath:
Prints: $12 each
Frames: $10 each Target on clearance
Speaking of Target, I couldn't pass this tin sign up in their dollar section.
Each year our family attends a summer festival in the mountains of NC. Last summer a local artist (who sells her work for $$$) donated a copy of her version of the festival, with all proceeds going to the town. It is (nearly) poster size, so it fills our upstairs hallway nicely.
Print: $10 (actually free, thanks mom!)
Frame: $3 yard sale