When I got my first place I was so excited to decorate! Then I realized, I do not have any money :/ So I had to figure out a cheap way to make my house a home. In order to do this, I started looking online for some cheap yet stylish art. Now, the kind of art you are thinking of is expensive, but there are cheap options.
Example number one: I love Chuck Close. I think his hyper-realistic drawings are AMAZING. Seriously, he hand-draws these pictures and they look like photographs. I especially love his self portrait.
I repeat, this is a drawing! HAND drawn! No computer, no camera. It is amazing! A large print of this is going to cost you hundreds of dollars ( I saw one for over $700.00!!) This really upset me because I do not have hundreds of dollars to spend on art. However, I found a small one for $25.00 at the Walker Art Center gift shop I was able to get the picture I wanted for a good price.
A lot of us college kids do not even have $25.00 to spend on a picture but this does not mean we cannot have nice things. Posters a a cheap option, but they often look cheap when hung up on the wall with some tape. A nice remedy to this is to frame it. You can find cheap frames at the Good Will or even Walmart. The frames give the posters a polished feel, and framing your posters will help keep the edges from fraying.
Look how cool this framed poster of the series Mad Men looks.
I also feel like framing posters is a very youthful thing. We are not sophisticated enough yet for high-class art, but that does not mean we cannot make our homes look polished!