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 Who says that art has to be serious? Hanging a picture of a bed, above the bed, is just the right amount of cheeky. Pinterest Provide a common denominator Diverse mediums and frames are brought to together by a single, shared wall color. Embrace unexpected placement Art is a sweet surprise when hung for the benefit of those with their head on the pillow. Interrupt the pattern A boldly graphic piece give the eye somewhere to land in a room full of patterns. Use negative space Corners are notorious difficult places to fill. Take the opportunity to make your own curated corner gallery. Create a mood A moody vintage oil painting ties together a heavy wooden mantel and a wrought-iron candelabra. 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 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 Landscape photographs printed on foam core are a sweet reminder of a favorite place. Introduce old to new A slightly stuffy wood block of trees looks sweet against a modern cabin wall. 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 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 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 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 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.