An Etsy-Free Guide to Buying Art Online That Only Looks Expensive

An Etsy-Free Guide to Buying Art Online That Only Looks Expensive
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As someone who’s currently in the middle of moving into and decorating a small apartment, I realize the big challenge—after packing and unpacking—is finding art that looks expensive but isn’t. Unfortunately, uncovering affordable pieces to cover my walls with has been, in a word, challenging. Because while I love Etsy and know it’s obviously a great resource for cute prints—so do the rest of my friends, and I don’t want to run the risk of hanging the exact same piece as someone else I know.

I got there in the end (shout out to artist Britt Bass) and in the process found a ton of budget-friendly sites selling cool, contemporary prints and photos and delivering it to your home. Click through the slideshow to see 11 of the best.

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Britt Bass

One of our favorite affordable artists, Britt Bass Turner, sells her bright, abstract print online and will even have the pieces framed for you before they're shipped out.

Photo: Britt Bass


As well as a budget-friendly lineup of painting and photography prints, Tappan sells original and limited-edition work by incredible up-and-coming artists. A lot of the talent is L.A. based, and it definitely shows in the collection's relaxed, contemporary feel.

20 x 200

Shop a huge collection of illustrations, drawings, and prints of paintings and photographs at prices that start as low as $20.


Photo: Christian Chaize

The Lust List

Australians flip out over Sally Spratt's fashion and beauty illustrations— because even though you can't afford a room full of Chanel, at least it can decorate your walls. She has more than 126,000 Instagram followers and some of her larger prints fetch $150 per piece. However, if you're happy to settle on something smaller, prices start at $75.

Photo: The Lust List

Christina Kraincock

OK, so this artist isn't exactly as cheap as picking up a print at Ikea and hanging it behind your couch, but for $300 to $400 you can find an original contemporary canvas featuring her signature palette knife painting technique.

Photo: Christina Kraincock

Society 6

There are two things you'll love about Society 6: All the art is chic and modern, and everything's very reasonably priced. The site sells art by hundreds of thousands of artists from all over the world, so it's unlikely you'll end up with some generic print that could reappear everywhere.

Photo: Jeff Mindell Photography

Tiny Showcase

Scroll through an online gallery of emerging artists any day of the week, but be sure to hit refresh on Tuesdays when Tiny Showcase released a limited-edition piece at an affordable price and donated a portion of the sale to charity.

Photo: Nate Duval

U Gallery

The difference between U Gallery and the other online art stores featured here is that you could drop more than $1,000 on a print there if you want to. In saying that, there are plenty of pieces available less than $300 if you're sticking to a budget.

Photo: Don Bishop


Minted finds new talent by holding ongoing design competitions. Basically, the artists submit, the Minted community votes to decide what will sell, and you are left with hundreds of cool pieces of art that are surprisingly affordable.

Photo: Whitney Deal

Jenny Liz Rome

Illustrator Jenny Liz Rome sells her illustrations of women (often, naked women) on her website. You can pick up a piece for as little as $30.

Eyes on Walls

Young, modern, affordable—these are all attributes that will make you want to shop the hundred of pieces available at Eyes on Walls. Order directly through the website and have your piece framed before it's delivered.

Photo: Lora Zombie

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