Any image is fair game. If you want a streamlined, modern look, keep the artwork uniform, such as all black-and-white photographs, or all illustrations by the same artist. For a more eclectic display, mix a wide range of styles and media (photos, sketches, etc.). Even if you’re going for an eclectic effect, try to keep most of the pieces in the same basic palette, adding one or two contrasting images to keep the display dynamic.
Get creative in your search. Include postcards and snapshots you’ve taken yourself, or images clipped from books, calendars or magazines. Try flea markets or thrift stores, or check out these online sources:
- Etsy.com (for just about any type of art you can think of)
- Scadonline.com (for works by the students at the Savannah Collage of Art and Design)
- 20x200.com (for limited-edition prints, illustrations and photos priced from just $20)
- Littlepaperplanes.com (for graphic design prints in a range of styles)
- Momastore.org (for prints of well-known modern art)
- Artthatfits.com (for works by over 140 artists in any size you want)
The number of pieces you’ll need depends on the size of your artworks and wall. If you are selecting larger artworks (9” x 11” or bigger), five to seven pieces is a nice starting point. For smaller pieces (8” x 10” or less), eight to twelve is a good range. Either way, avoid choosing images that are all vertical or all horizontal.