The new wall art trend that is winging its way into our homes and gallery walls

Affordable Art Fair has seen record sales this month

Despite being stuck inside for the last few months, households have found a way to bring the outside inside with the latest wall art trend.

Online marketplace the Affordable Art fair has seen record sales of artwork since the start of lockdown. However, this spike has been driven by a particular type of artwork.

Artwork depicting the coast, birds and the great British seaside are all soaring in popularity. It comes as no surprise that we are all craving a snapshot of the outside inside our home.

gallery walls art with flower and bird painting

(Image credit: Future PLC/Kate Heiss/ Affordable Art Fair)

Buy now: Nuthatch at Sandringham 2016 by Kate Heiss, £120, Affordable Art Fair

The most popular search words on the website have included spring, sea, beach, Norfolk and Cornwall. It doesn't take an artistic genius to realise the 'staycation' day-dreaming that is behind this new wall art trend.

The most popular prints have come from artists such as Kate Heiss, who has created stunning wildlife prints. Her gorgeous print 'Oystercatchers Over Holkham,' has proven to be a bestseller.

gallery walls with birds and sea painting

(Image credit: Future PLC/Kate Heiss/ Affordable Art Fair)

Buy now: Oystercatchers over Holkham 2020 by Kate Heiss, £70, Affordable Art Fair

However, her prints of Brancaster, Sandringham and Cambridge have all proven incredibly popular with collectors. Each print is a limited edition, with only a small number made. So you may want to act fast to snap one up.

With prices for her prints starting at £35 these wonderful pieces of art will instantly lift any room. And hopefully put a smile on your face.

gallery walls with plant and sea painting

(Image credit: Future PLC/Kate Heiss/ Affordable Art Fair)

Buy now: Punting in Cambridge Stiffkey Blue Series 2018 by Kate Heiss, £65, Affordable Art Fair

'Art has the power to change much more than a room,' explains Deborah Allen of Wychwood Art, who specialise in entry-level work. 'The positive effect it can have on your mood, especially at a trying time, is immeasurable.'

'As a gallery, I feel incredibly lucky that I can continue to change so many art lovers lives for the better. Whilst also helping to support my incredible artists with much-needed sales – the like seen by printmaker Kate Heiss.'

'It's so pleasing that her vibrant and illustrative work is proving to be the perfect antidote for so many.'

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You never know, a small investment now could have a big return in the future.

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.