Breather space at 27 W. 24th Street in NYC.

A room isn’t complete until there’s art hanging on the wall, but starting an art collection can seem like a daunting and expensive task. Not to worry! If you know where to shop, there are some reasonable and affordable gems that can really tie a room together. We’re here to help.


At Breather we like to incorporate a mix of original pieces that are created in-house (see above) with artwork from emerging artists. Here are a few tried-and-true spots we consult when putting the finishing touches on a space.

Fiddle Fig Poster with cacti.

Fine Life Company is a beautifully curated online shop that focuses on American-made, quality products. They have a small collection of monochromatic photos printed on blueprint paper, including this Fiddle Fig Print ($18).

Waiting by Ian Baguskas.

20x200 believes that everyone should be able to start an art collection. Their mission to introduce emerging artists to the world by offering a variety of prints, photographs and posters priced from $24 to $10,000. We love this Ian Baguskas photo of surfers in particular.

Non-Objective by Playtype.

Playtype is a Copenhagen-based company that creates some amazing fonts, as well as some very lovely posters. If you’re a fan of Scandinavian design and minimalism, you’re sure to become a fan of their posters, which start at around €25, and have just the right amount of graphic elements and cool color palettes.

Large format prints by Debbie Carlos.

Debbie Carlos offers a vast array of beautiful, affordable photography. Her B&W posters are among the most popular on Etsy, but her personal site has an even greater selection that includes large, color prints and posters, priced affordably at $100 or less.

Balance by JeezVanilla.

Browsing Society6 is a bit like heading down the rabbit hole of affordable, contemporary art. Not only does do they offer a huge range of styles, you can usually find the same image on cushions, iPhone cases, tote bags and even beach towels. We’d be happy to have the above print by JeezVanilla on just about anything. And with prices starting around $15, you can afford to.

Upside by Alexandra Nazari.

Our favorite thing about Minted is their framed art option. You can choose from thousands of prints, ranging from photography to watercolors, gold foil prints to typography. Prints comes in a variety of sizes. The minimalist palm tree print is a multifunctional piece that can go the distance.

Barstow by Amy Moffat.

The San Francisco boutique, Little Paper Planes, has a rotating selection of works by independent printmakers. The work is categorized by price–under $100, under $50, under $25–so you can pick and choose based on your budget. We like this subtle print above, which comes in at $35.

Eye Eye Poster.

If you want an illustrated piece that’s truly unique, Fine Little Day is a great resource. Located in Sweden and run by artist and textile designer, Elisabeth Dunker, the prints are reproductions or reinterpretations of her textile designs. Posters like start at €32 and are an easy way to add some cool to your space.

Alone Together by Brain Merriam.

If you’re still feeling lost, head over to Tappan Collective— not only do they have an exquisitely curated selection of affordable art but they also have an art advisor available to help you. Simply share your budget, style, preferred medium and any other tidbits you’d like them to know and they’ll do all the heavy lifting.


Come see our selections IRL.