SECRET SAUCE: Welcome back to Secret Sauce, the series where I do a deep dive into my design process and projects. Today I’m talking about my struggle to find affordable large-scale art over our bed and how I ultimately solved that problem with a tapestry. For new friends here, I recently sold my former apartment (https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/bkaptstory/) and moved in with my boyfriend Jeff while we hunt for an apartment together.
The rental market in Brooklyn is very competitive right now (particularly in the areas we are looking in) and we’re not sure how long we will be living in our current apartment. So, we’ve been making some updates in the interim to make the apartment work for two people (and two animals!).
The first update was for me to get an inexpensive dresser and lighting for the bedroom corner. Next up was art for over the bed. I really did not want to spend a lot of money and set my budget at 50 bucks. Yes, 5-0. But how do you get large scale art for under $50?! I needed some inspiration. And could I really do a tapestry in my bedroom in my 30’s? Was that too much of a college decor choice?
Then I saw this photo.
Instagram is my go-to source for design inspiration. When i saw this photo from Megan Pflug’s renovation of her Catskill’s hotel, The Woodhouse Lodge, I was immediately inspired to do a tapestry. But, it needed to be on a budget. Enter Society 6, which has been a long-time source of mine for affordable art. I decided to try and find an abstract tapestry on Society 6 that I could mount on the wall with a rod or hanger, similar to the one that Megan used.
While I was originally drawn to a black and white abstract design, Jeff and I ultimately decided that the room needed more color and settled on a palette of cool jewel tones. Below are the six tapestries that made it to the final round of our decision and we ultimately settled on #3!
Here are my tips on
how to make an inexpensive tapestry work
after your dorm days are over:
Bold and abstract designs provide interest and high contrast to draw the eye up on a large wall.
Keep your color palette simple. It depends on the look that you are going for, but if the tapestry has too many colors, it may feel too busy.
Have fun with your selection! The best part about buying $40 art is that you can try it out and swap it later if you want to.
Here is the final product. I ultimately decided not to go with a hanger and simply hung the tapestry with two small nails. Do you think I should add a rod? What do you think of the project? Let me know in the comments!