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July 26, 2020

Nothing against vases, rugs, or lamps, but there’s nothing quite like pulling a room together with the perfect piece of art. Generally speaking, art can be pretty expensive, but spoiler alert: It doesn’t have to be—so long as you know where to look. Read more, ‘How To Start An Art Collection.’

These days, there are loads of sites where you can score fabulous finds that only appear expensive. It’s proof positive that online art shopping has evolved and it’s now one of the best ways to source beautiful and even custom pieces from artists around the planet. Read more, ‘How To Display Your Collections.’

Whether you’re looking for a minimal framed print, or a custom painting,

these sites have it all.


There’s no shortage of wall art to be found on this site—take your pick from art prints (framed or not), wall hangings, posters, canvas prints, mini prints, even metal prints and wood wall art. Most of the choices come in a wide array of sizes, framing options, and prices, too. You can shop by art type or even artist—the site has more than 300,000 independent artists from 160 countries.

If you need help seeing your vision through, there are also plenty of extra shopping features, like a selection of curated gallery wall picks and a spotlight on new artists that changes weekly.

Shipping is free on purchases over $99, and the site is also known for its frequent deals and discounts.


Minted is perhaps better known for its great stationery and invites, but the site is also a treasure trove for great art. You will find prints across an array of styles and aesthetics, as well as complete wall murals. Or you can have a custom piece created by one of said artists, starting from as little as $75.We also love their free art styling feature; simply text them a photo of your wall, and a designer will provide recommendations on what prints would look best and how to hang them in your space.


Chances are that Etsy is already your go-to spot for homewares. If you’ve yet to shop there for art, though, you’ll find prints, tapestries, ceramics, and one-of-a-kind pieces galore. In true Etsy fashion, you can also customise all kinds of different prints and posters, and commission art from the platform’s talented artists and craftsmen. There are a lot of options to sort through, but if you have the time and/or a certain vision for what you’re looking for, you won’t go wrong.


Consider this the online (and more wallet-friendly) version of visiting a high-end gallery. Everything from Lumas’ offerings to the way the site is laid out feels like the real-life experience; there’s even a live chat function with a “gallery manager” who can help you find what you’re looking for. The difference? Unlike a brick-and-mortar gallery, Lumas features the work of more than 100+ artists, ranging from landscapes to abstracts to graphic portraits—and everything in between.

Saatchi Art

Yes, this site features a vast array of prints, wall art, sculptures, charcoal drawings, collages, and more. The shopping experience is easier with categories sorted by type of art, style, and  price point (which go from $100  to $10,000). Note,  the under-$500 options are just as expansive and impressive.

Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia is a well-known destination for furniture and rugs, but don’t miss the art they offer. Everything from unframed prints, for $30 to large-scale canvas paintings for thousands of dollars. There’s also a curated collection of affordable wall hangings which are a quick and easy way to add texture and visual interest to any wall.


One of the most budget-conscious options around for those who love pop art, bold colour, and whimsical design, you can’t beat this place. Masses to choose from, with pieces from $16.

The site is vast, but easy to sort through according to theme, room type, or  colour. And a great return policy.

Finnish Design Shop

Produced by Nordic brands and artists, the options are largely graphic and abstract, in both bold colours and minimalist black and white.

Tiny Showcase

Looking for a smaller piece of artwork? This site features a wide array of scaled-down prints, with prices are similarly scaled-down, most ranging from $15 to $40. Be sure to check back every week, when they release a new, limited edition piece from an independent artist. And don’t miss the Tiny Nursery section, which has adorable options for nurseries and kids’ rooms.

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