Get the Look (for Free!): Botanical & Science Illustrations

Get the Look (for Free!): Botanical & Science Illustrations

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Taryn Williford
Nov 11, 2015
(Image credit: By Fryd)

Looking for beautiful but affordable art at home? I've found you a textbook solution–quite literally–to your bare wall problem: Vintage science illustrations. These drawings of flora and fauna look great nearly anywhere in your home, and they come at the low, low cost of... nothing.

It's true. Many of these illustrations are part of the public domain, and they're easy to find and print.

The Look

Scientific illustrations look great in or out of frames, with many different styles of decor. Like above, with a print hanging in the entryway of this Scandinavian home, from By Fryd via Houzz.

(Image credit: Selena Kirchhoff)

There's a pair of prints flanking the TV in Julie's Northwoods-Meets-Art Deco Apartment in Minneapolis.

(Image credit: Paige Morse)

Insect prints pair up with chairs in this dining room from decorator Paige Morse.

(Image credit: François Halard)

There was a gallery wall of botanical illustrations inside Lee Bouvier Radziwill's chic Paris apartment, as seen here in a historic photo featured in the New York Times' T Magazine.

(Image credit: Vibeke Design)

A pair of plant prints in the Norway home of Vibeke of Vibeke Designs blog.

How to Find Botanical Illustrations for Free

An unlikely source... Bing. While you might not opt for Bing for your everyday search engine, it does one thing really well: Image search. Head to Bing and type in "botanical illustrations," then select "Free to share and use" in the License dropdown menu. Tada! A bunch of beautiful drawings that you can print and frame as you please.

If you can't find something you like on Bing, another option is botanicus.org, an online library of botanical literature from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library. There's hundreds of historic books you can download and print.

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