From traditional to eclectic decor, a collage of small pictures is a great way to landscape a space of any size or shape.
Here, small nautical-themed artwork fills an awkward shaped wall for a cohesive effect.
Photo: Bungalow Blue Interiors
Matching frames, mats and art hues give this entryway a grand look.
Photo: Everything Fabulous
For a staircase, it looks good to mimic the rise of the steps with the frames.
I love the eclectic arrangement of these frames. Small, large, framed and unframed. Together, they display as one piece.Photo: Pinterest
Of course, frames, matting and artwork can get expensive so I went on a search for potentially less costly and most certainly more unique wall solutions. Here's what I found:
1. Start with what you already have.
So you don't have an eye for composition or a flare for what is photogenic. This low budget collage is such a huge compilation of photos that the compilation itself becomes the art instead of the individual snapshots.
And really, with the apps available for your phones, even a lack luster photo of my son playing his Nintendo DS can look artsy. This photo was taken using Hipstamatic for the iPhone.
Have a collection of any sort? Hang them together and wah-lah! You have art! Here, matching plates are used to build a well balanced display.
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I love the modern vibe of this plate display.
Photo: Denofopulence.tumblr.com via Pinterest
A note card collection.
Old album covers as art.
Photo: House to Home
Vintage game boards as art.
2. Get thrifty.
Why limit wall collages to pictures and collections when you can repurpose items that are actually useful!
Shelf collections done three ways: recycled luggage.
Photo: Vintage by Rachel
Recycled wood crates.
Wall boxes with old frames.
Photo: Change of Scenaries
Or just let old frames be the art.
3. Get crafty.
Using kid art is old hat, but what about letting your artsy side shine?
Here, the look of Graham & Brown's "frame" wallpaper is recreated with hand-drawn frames and artwork.
Craft stores are also a good source for collage ideas. I went to our local Michael's and found inexpensive letters.
I also found these great thin wood frames at Michaels. Perfect for a whimsical collage like the one below.
Photo: Home Improvement Ideas
And lastly, consider making your own frames! Here, photos are framed with Japanese washi tape.
Photo: Design Sponge
Now, who's afraid of the big bad wall?
For more great wall ideas, visit House Envy's "The Great Wall" Pinterest board.
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