14 Creative Ways to Hang Art

Art wall feeling a? Try one of these 14 fresh, creative ideas and give your walls a new lease on life. From artwork that creeps round the corners to unique matting thoughts, backdrops and even a pulley system, perhaps one of these art structures from around will inspire a change in your own home. 1 tip for all: Lay out your arrangement on the ground and snap a picture of it prior to committing — it will save you a lot of nail holes!

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1. Round the corner. Hang bits with eyeglasses touching horizontally. Start out on a longer wall and keep hanging small artwork right around the corner of the area, continuing onto the next wall for one or two feet. Bear in mind that very small bits might be simpler to hang in the corner.

2. Having a dramatic backdrop. Marbled wrapping paper has been used in the area from the foreground here, and black paint has been applied to the wall in the area visible through the doorway — a rich and luxurious appearance that cost next to nothing. A mix of vintage artwork makes this diverse appearance return to life.

Background, grass cloth, fabric or a rich paint colour would also make fantastic backdrops for an art display — for much more effect, be sure to take into account the view from one room to the next, choose wall treatments that match each other and layer on the artwork.

3. Cooler by association. Bring an art wall that feels just a bit too empty to the next level by adding a sizable three-dimensional bit, like antlers, a mask, mounted staghorn ferns or a wall mounted sculpture beside or above it. If you like the artwork itself but the frames aren’t doing it justice, consider swapping out plain white mats for either black or textured linen, or change to a much larger frame.

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4. Two rows of artwork shelves. This supereasy and flexible arrangement is based on two slim shelves that hold a collection of related artwork or photography. To ascertain how high to hang on the top plate, put your biggest piece on the lower shelf and measure one to two inches above it. Really fill both shelves for the most interesting, rich appearance — do not be afraid to let the frames float.

5. Little and close. Steal this decorator suggestion — complete a vignette, like a pub tray or bedside table, with a small painting hung very low and close to the arrangement. It reads including a layer of thickness and colour.

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6. Same artist, in a grid. That is such an easy, fun way to build an artwork wall — just buy a group of artwork from one artist you love and hang everything together. Many artists create works that are related in theme or colour, and the bits are able to look more striking wrapped in multiples.

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7. On a pulley. Old marine rope and vintage hardware were used as a special display treatment for this massive oil painting. Create your own spin on this idea using anything you’ll find at the local flea market or salvage yard. Try hanging a painting from shirt, leather or perhaps a classic guitar strap, and suspend it by a vintage hook or architectural element.

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8. Propped. The ideal finishing touch for an eclectic, well-traveled space: Just prop up a painting or framed print against a bookcase or wall. The key to making this look intentional (rather than its just looking like a painting you forgot to hang) is in the details — put a stack of books in front of the painting and set a big vase full of branches on the ground beside it. It’s best if the arrangement can relate to some thing else in the area, so put it close to a chair, bookcase or desk.

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9. With eyeglasses. A row of eyeglasses wrapped so the edges are flush is a brand new, modern way to display your favorite artwork. Same-size frames look somewhat more tailored; mixed-size art wrapped this way will have a more free-flowing, eclectic look.

Holly Marder

10. Mixed media. Why stick with prints and paintings when 3-D items make things much more fun? Add texture and depth to your gallery wall by propping small objects atop eyeglasses; choose artwork on canvas, paper and wood; or utilize strings and pins to create interesting shapes.

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11. In long rows. Not a grid although not a gallery wall, but this arrangement is based on similar-size art hung so long, horizontal rows. Use either same-color frames or same-color artwork (for instance, all black and white) for a unified appearance.

Holly Marder

12. Large and low. Draw attention away from the TV by echoing its dimensions and shape with artwork. Hang artwork above, to each side and slightly behind the TV. This display idea would work equally well contrary to a low seating area, with or without the media center.

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13. Fill out a vertical distance. Have a narrow slice of wall to fill? Hang artwork in the space all the way from the ground to the ceiling. You can do this on a huge wall, but this is a great way to test out a dramatic gallery-style wall without making such a big commitment.

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14. Mix paintings, paintings and items. Want an easy formula to follow when creating an artwork wallsocket? Start with one or two big pieces and hang them near the middle of your wall — posters work well for this. Next, add moderate- and – small-size framed works (such as a first painting adds texture) around the larger ones. Finally, fill blank corners or spots with interesting carved masks or another 3-D object.

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