15 fresh ways to display your art

Don’t let your collection just sit in a closet––start enjoying those paintings, posters, and photos right now

Let art imitate life

Photo by Lisa Romerein

Let art imitate life

Who says that art has to be serious? Hanging a picture of a bed, above the bed, is just the right amount of cheeky.

Provide a common denominator

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Provide a common denominator

Diverse mediums and frames are brought to together by a single, shared wall color.

Embrace unexpected placement

Photo by Lisa Romerein

Embrace unexpected placement

Art is a sweet surprise when hung for the benefit of those with their head on the pillow.

Interrupt the pattern

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Interrupt the pattern

A boldly graphic piece give the eye somewhere to land in a room full of patterns.

Use negative space

Photo by Lisa Romerein

Use negative space

Corners are notorious difficult places to fill. Take the opportunity to make your own curated corner gallery.

Create a mood

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Create a mood

A moody vintage oil painting ties together a heavy wooden mantel and a wrought-iron candelabra.

Create balance

Photo by Lisa Romerein

Create balance

By hanging a pale piece of art on a pale wall, it becomes an equal player in a sweet tableau, instead of the focal point.

Don’t commit

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Don’t commit

For less serious art, like concert posters, keep them off the wall so that you can rotate them on a whim.

Bring the outside in

Photo by Lisa Romerein

Bring the outside in

Landscape photographs printed on foam core are a sweet reminder of a favorite place.

Introduce old to new

Photo by Lisa Romerein

Introduce old to new

A slightly stuffy wood block of trees looks sweet against a modern cabin wall.

Shelve it

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Shelve it

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.

Raise it

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Raise it

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.

Distract with it

Photo 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.

Surprise with it

Photo 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.

Unify it

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Unify it

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.

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