Sometimes I’ll see a piece of art that I really love, but don’t buy it because I’m out of wall space. But, not all art has to be hung on the wall.
You can use art to fill an empty corner of a room or to add interest to a bookcase. Some pieces look great framed and set out on tabletops or other surfaces. Once I embraced some of these other ways to display art, I started having fun with it.
Here are some examples.
Sometimes leaning art is preferred to hanging it. In this case, leaning this print on my bedroom dresser provided an easier vantage point.
Leaning artwork can also camouflage light switches.
You can also lean art on the ledges of decorative range hoods or above cabinetry. I’ve even placed art on top of my bookcase and armoire. If you do that, follow this designer tip:
Tip: “As a general rule, if you have under 2′ of space above kitchen cabinetry, very tall armoires or built-ins, don’t decorate the space.” ~Carla Aston, Interior Designer on “How to Decorate The Top of a Cabinet”
Frame smaller prints and set them out on accent tables.
Smaller art pieces can be used as backdrops of color on bookshelves. You can either hang or prop them against the bookcase for an instant pop of color.
Easels are a great alternative to hanging art. Depending on the size of the piece, you can place the easel in the corner of a room or set it on a surface such as in a bookcase,
on a countertop,
on a mantel, or any surface where you have room.
Taking all of my options into consideration has allowed me to enjoy more of my art. And, that is the whole point…to surround yourself with the things you love.
See you in class,