Design styles aside, most people can agree that no room is complete without art. The good news? There’s plenty of great painting, prints, and more to be found if you know where to look. While art sales once revolved mainly around high-profile auctions and blue-chip gallery sales (many of which are shrouded in secrecy), the internet age has ushered in a slew of online retailers looking to make this ever-growing market accessible to a wider range of buyers—including broke apartment dwellers. With so many options to choose from, AD has rounded up our top picks based on your art preference and collecting style. Read on to discover the best places to buy affordable art online and bring some excitement to your walls without clearing out your bank account.
Perfect for: The Photography Lover
Born from a successful Berlin photography gallery, Lumas is now a network of over 40 galleries worldwide, with an impressive digital arm. Its site, like the galleries, specializes in high-quality, limited-edition works from big-name photographers. Prints by greats such as Edward Steichen, Helmut Newton, and Horst P. Horst are offered in numerous framing options for prices starting around $400.
Perfect for: The Eclectic
For those who like to swap out their art on a regular basis, Society6’s assorted collection of whimsical, affordable prints is a great bet. Everything from cheeky sayings to watercolor florals, nature scenes, and abstracts can be had for as little as $20, so your gallery wall is limitless.
Perfect for: The Discoverer
Founded in London in 2013 by a Swedish art enthusiast who had worked in the New York art world, Artfinder is an online marketplace for original art from around the globe. The site sorts its offerings by both style and medium, making it easy to browse the more than 200,000 pieces (including abstract paintings, sculpture, photography, collage, and digital art), all of which are signed by the artist. Prices start at $25, and the site also has dedicated services for interior designers purchasing art for their clients.