High Contrast, High Style: Black & White Art Prints (Under $80!)

updated May 3, 2019
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“Art is so affordable!” said no one, ever. Well, “no one” was wrong. Etsy is, of course, a tremendous resource for unique home decor finds—especially art. The only problem is, it’s a sea of good and bad. So, we took the liberty of doing the heavy surfing for you, and picked out 15 of our favorite black-and-white prints (some you can download and print out yourself for as low as $3!!) Now that’s worthy of a double exclamation point, don’t you think?

To show off our picks, we combined them with backdrops of simple yet character-filled wallpaper by Hygge & West; check each photo’s shopping list for info on the wallpaper pattern, along with links to each of the prints.

Above: Pineapple / $6 from SeagullStudioPrints. Adventure / $12.50 from MottosPrint. Geometric Print / $7 from MelindaWoodDesigns. Tropical Leaves / $9.50 from InkPrintArt. Modern Triangle / $6.43 from lilandlola. Rose Dancers Wallpaper by Paper Fashion / $140 a roll from Hygge & West.

Mix and Match

To put together a black-and-white gallery wall, make sure to have a mix of patterns, typography, photography, graphics, and of course, don’t forget to have a little fun (you can get away with a 16” x 20” print of a pineapple when it’s a subdued grayscale.)

(Image credit: Hygge & West)

Above: Yoda Quote / $21.58 from SweetlovePress. Abstract Ink Drawing / $35 from HelloimKate. Danish Photographic Print / $25.73 from EstellePrintShop. Ombre Forest / $5 from ThePrintableStudio. Abstract Gouache Painting / $80 from JaymeeSrpDesign. Triangle Geometric Print / $11 from PrintEclipse. Underwater World Wallpaper by Pattern People / $140 a roll from Hygge & West.

Frame of Reference

Another plus for going monotone with your art is that you can use any frame you want without worrying about clashing colors or styles. A chic look, however, is sticking to mostly simple black and white frames (some with mats, some without) and peppering in metallics, woods, and—if you’re feeling bold—some neons. Anything goes! Tip: Hit up your local thrift store for vintage finds to add even more personality.

(Image credit: Hygge & West)

Above: Plus Sign Poster / $3 from BikupaAndCo. Abstract Acrylic Drawing / $28.26 from 7RayedDesigns. Brush Stroke Art / $5 from CelinePrintables. Architecture Photo / $9.50 from InkPrintArt. Petal Pusher Wallpaper by Oh Joy! / $84 a roll from Hygge & West.

Want to create your own gallery wall, but need a few pointers? Check out this helpful guide. If you’d rather let one or two pieces shine on their own, you won’t want to miss this video tip.