Monday, September 30, 2013

14 Creative Ways to Hang Art

Art wall feeling a little ho-hum? Try one of these 14 fresh, creative ideas and give your walls a new lease on life. From art that creeps around the corners to unique matting ideas, backdrops and even a pulley system, perhaps one of these art arrangements from around Houzz will inspire a change in your own home. One tip for all: Lay out your arrangement on the floor and snap a picture of it before committing — it will save you a lot of nail holes!

1. Around the corner. Hang pieces with frames touching horizontally. Start out on a longer wall and continue hanging small artwork right around the corner of your room, continuing onto the next wall for one or two feet. Keep in mind that very small pieces may be easier to hang in the corner.

2. With a dramatic backdrop. Marbled wrapping paper was used in the room in the foreground here, and black paint was applied to the wall in the room visible through the doorway — a rich and luxurious look that cost next to nothing. A mix of vintage artwork makes this eclectic look come to life.

Wallpaper, grass cloth, fabric or a rich paint color would also make fabulous backdrops for an art display — for even more impact, be sure to consider the view from one room to the next, choose wall treatments that complement each other and layer on the art.

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

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