Wall art is a home design essential. It's one of the most potent ways to express your personality in decorating. One piece can speak volumes. One of those revolting cartoon-jazz-musician prints on a friend's wall tells me never to trust his or her taste again.
Sadly, we've become desensitized to some of the well-known great paintings, the ones that come pre-framed at IKEA. Van Gogh's paintings are stunning, but you've seen Starry Night in every university dorm room and French-styled cafe in the city. Instead, show your guests you have some personality. Challenge your eyeballs.
Whatever your taste, consider buying local. It's unique, surprisingly cheap, and you're supporting the local arts community (Lord knows they need it). Blim is one very neat place in Vancouver to get limited edition prints by local artists. Located in the arts and crafts hub of Main Street, at 16th Ave, Blim hosts a new artist every month. You can buy prints at the studio or online. They also sell arts and crafts by local designers. Or if you want something made to measure, you can do it yourself by taking one of their workshops.