First Apartment Style Fixes: You're Just $100-ish Away From the Most Expressive, Customizable Art You've Ever Owned

First Apartment Style Fixes: You're Just $100-ish Away From the Most Expressive, Customizable Art You've Ever Owned

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Taryn Williford
Jun 17, 2016
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Frequently spotted out in the wild at corner dive diners and hipster coffee bars alike, interchangeable message letter boards are most often put to use as restaurant menus. But lately we're seeing them make waves in real peoples' homes as decor, too.

Hanging a letter board up as art at home has three big benefits: It's affordable, it's endlessly customizable, and it lets you get seriously expressive. All you need is a great quote, word or song lyric and a few minutes to make something you're proud of.

Wondering where to get your hands on one? You can get them online for around $100 for a poster-sized board. Hip e-retailer Letterfolk and supply store Alphabet Signs are two sources that get batted around for the standard felt letter boards, but you can scour local supply stores and vintage thrift stores to find different types (like the massive message boards, or back-lit ones) at different price points.

For now, enjoy these 11 shots of real homes (plus, yeah, a restaurant and an office thrown in for good measure), showing you how the look is done. One trend you'll spot right away? Apparently rap lyrics are ripe for display on felt boards.

Above, a lit sign on a dresser in the home of Anki of blog Zilverblauw.

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A felt board in a kitchen on My Domaine.

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A real menu in a real dessert bar in Melbourne, featured on Vogue Living Australia, but also great inspiration for a full-wall installation at home.

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Another massive wall application, this time at the AppNexus offices in New York City, featured on InteriorDesign.net. This has way more impact than a dry-erase board calendar, doesn't it?

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A product shot from Letterfolk.

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Blogger Rachael Ringenberg of Erstwhile Dear shared her home, and this cowboy songboard, on Reading My Tea Leaves.

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Instagrammer Jessica Kesti shares lots of different iterations of her kitchen's felt board messaging on her Instagram account.

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Another Instagram-worthy felt board inscription, this time from Samantha, also known as @hellotinylove.

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KV Harper's Brooklyn home, spotted on Aphrochic, features some wise guiding words from Yesus himself, inked (temporarily) onto a felt letter board.

Bre'an Angell, @kindredconfetti on Instagram, worked a message board into a gallery wall in the bedroom.

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And last, another cheeky (and Bey-approved) product shot from Letterfolk.

Do you have a letter board at home? What's your favorite thing to display?

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