No art? No money for art? No problem.

The whole empty frames thing has been much derided as lazy or ghetto or less-than-creative, but I still like it and think it can be a whole lot of fun if hung in something other than a grid. The look works especially well if you have some nice frames that will stand out on their on. Conversely, you can play around with frame orientation until you find art that you like that also fits into your budget.

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Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing, but I think that in this case more is more. The empty frames being so colorful doesn’t hurt one bit. (via)

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This pic strikes me as belonging to the waiting-on-art camp. The perfect silhouette? Artwork scrawled on construction paper by tiny hands? The perfect print, perhaps? (via)

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Empty frames framed by other frames? It’s a little odd, but all right. I like how the gold frames find a friend in the little lamp with the golden shade. (via)

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You don’t need to go crazy, especially if your empty frames are larger and particularly striking, like these.

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Of course, it’s not like you have to commit to keeping all your frames empty forever. Mixing empty frames and frames containing some kind of image is the moderate (and now quite popular) way to incorporate empty frames into decor. (via)

2 Responses to “No art? No money for art? No problem.”

  1. Pam March 2, 2010 at 11:59 am #

    Love the concept! Way cool. I have the opposite problem and don’t have enough wall space. I’m looking for ways to display things that don’t require wall. Any suggestions?

  2. Never teh Bride March 5, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    How about very narrow (front to back) but low shelves. I’m not sure what that kind of shelving is actually made for — my friend, for example, had what was basically a four foot high bookshelf that had shelving that was roughly three inches deep and she used it to display her shot glass collection. That sort of thing doesn’t jut out too far from the wall, but it does require empty floor space. And it’s not the sort of thing you can have with kids of childproofing age (which is why we have all sorts of empty shelves in our living room).