Don’t let your collection just sit in a closet––start enjoying those paintings, posters, and photos right now
1 of 9Photo by Thomas J. Story
Provide a common denominator
Diverse mediums and frames are brought to together by a single, shared wall color.
2 of 9Photo by Lisa Romerein
Use negative space
Corners are notorious difficult places to fill. Take the opportunity to make your own curated corner gallery.
3 of 9Photo by Lisa Romerein
Introduce old to new
A slightly stuffy wood block of trees looks sweet against a modern cabin wall.
4 of 9Photo by Thomas J. Story
Have more bookcases than free wall space? Hang your art on the shelving itself. This works well for both large and small pieces; with small ones, group lots of them together or they’ll get lost visually.
5 of 9Photo by Thomas J. Story
Draw the eye up (and save your walls from holes) by using the tops of window- and doorframes to showcase small artworks. Color is key: See how the yellow pieces here pop against the robin’s-egg blue.
6 of 9Photo by Lisa Romerein
Distract with it
Divert the gaze from the ubiquitous living-room eyesore by hanging a painting larger than the flat-screen right above it. Note: Since the TV already has a frame, ditch the one on the art.
7 of 9Photo by Ericka McConnell
Surprise with it
Art becomes comfortably everyday when you incorporate it into a high-traffic-area tableau. This tip is not, of course, meant for your Chagall—or any other irreplaceable pieces.
8 of 9Photo by Thomas J. Story
Even a random collection feels coherent when displayed in a wraparound gallery. The trick here? Hang the gallery centered on a line just above eye level.
9 of 9Photo by Lisa Romerein
Embrace unexpected placement
Art is a sweet surprise when hung for the benefit of those with their head on the pillow.