Good place to buy art for a student house?

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  • Good place to buy art for a student house?

    I'm currently renovating a student house and would like to buy some art (framed prints or canvas prints) for it.

    I had a look at IKEA which is OK but I feel like I've seen the same pieces everywhere. I've also had a look at Loft Interiors, who have some nice stuff but their decent-sized pieces are about £120 each; I'm looking at buying about eight pieces and I hadn't really budgeted spending a grand just on art!

    Does anyone have any good ideas? If there's an opportunity to institute a theme to the art that'd be even better!

  • #2
    I think you should let the students personalise the space and not impose your taste on them. In my experience they are unlikely to care what 'art' is in the lounge when they are drying their washing in there or filling it full of their stuff at the end of the academic year despite what the contract says.


    • #3
      Screwfix paint dept, large pot emulsion
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


      • #4
        Try Amazon.


        • #5
          You'll regret buying students art when it's had beer sprayed on it all year.


          • #6
            Mmmm! Don't know about that! I see a few where the LL has strategically placed pieces where students would probably bang in a few nails / blu tac a picture to the wall! They use proper fittings, metal flanges and screws, so they look like too much hard work to take down!

            Seems to work for them!

            Might be worth it if you can find cheap enough pieces


            • #7
              Take a look round charity shops.

              The Age UK near me always has a selection of prints, watercolours, and oil paintings, selling for £2 to £10 depending on size/subject.


              • #8
                Don't. Buy a few of these and fix up. Then they can put up what they like and not damage the walls and you can replace with artwork if you decide to change from a student let.


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