In the past few years I’ve developed a great love for antique botanical prints. As I started to get serious about decorating my walls with this style, I found that they could be quite expensive. I wanted to share with you some of the tricks I’ve learned to get antique botanical prints at a price that won’t break the bank. Some options are sold ready to hang on your walls while others need a little DIY love!
Today, it’s much easier to find affordable botanicals for your home. Below are a few places you can find these elegant and classic prints.
Beautiful Antique Botanical Prints
Old and New Books
There are so many great books about botanicals and, if the pages are big enough, you can cut off the illustrated pages and frame them around your home. Old books are better if you can find them. For newer books, I really like this one, The Botanical Treasury. I bought this during a visit to one of my favorite museums in Washington, D.C. called the National Portrait Gallery. This book also comes with individual prints ready to frame! If you’re a fan of literature, Botanical Shakespeare is another great book to add to your collection.
I worked with a shop called LoveThePrint for the prints in my living room. This shop is one of the largest ones on Etsy and offers an extensive collection of illustrations from famous naturalists. You can mix and match them to create your own unique collection. Feel free to connect with the shop’s owner, Lana, who can help you choose the right prints for you and your distinct style. I asked her to print mine on white vs. ivory paper for a cleaner finish.
Other Online Retailers
You will be surprised at the selection some popular online retailers like Target and Bed Bath and Beyond have for framed antique botanical prints. I recently purchased these framed prints for my bathroom and everyone loves them.
Facebook Marketplace and Antique Shops
I love browsing what’s for sale on Facebook Marketplace and local antique shops. Antique botanical prints are pretty popular in these shops. Sometimes you have to shop around and negotiate. I find that a lot of times the asking price is a little more than what the frame/print is worth. Usually they are willing to lower the price if you ask!
One of my favorite things to do is shop around at museum gift shops. They’re a great place to find unique and thoughtful gifts. They also have posters of the most popular pieces of art and many times you can find botanicals or floral paintings to frame. It’s a very easy way to incorporate famous art into your home and serves as a great conversation piece when you have guests over.
If you have prints that need frames make sure to check out Frame It Easy and Framebridge. I recently did a partnership with Frame It Easy and their low prices make custom framing affordable for everyone. Framebridge is more expensive but provides many more frame options.
Plants and flowers have such an important meaning in our lives, so why not celebrate them at home! Throughout history, they’ve been consistently featured in early artistic and written records. Take a look at artifacts during your next museum visit and count how many botanical references you find!
I find incorporating botanicals into your home decor is a not only a great way to add nature references into a space, but is also a great way to add art to your walls in an easy and affordable way. I hope this helps the next time you’re in search of adding meaningful art to your home.
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