Ready to kick your rooms up a notch? You don't need new furniture and accessories; you've just got to take your art to the next level. These six ideas can work with existing art you already have or be done on an affordable budget as DIY projects — and all will to add some zest to your interiors.
Above: You don't need an electrician to add light to a favorite art piece. This illuminating act will draw attention to your piece and make it seem like new, while adding dramatic and soft lighting to your space. Buy a picture light that doesn't need to be hard-wired to a wall and hang it from the top of a frame or shelf, or DIY a wall-mounted swing arm light you can adjust to light up what you want. → DIY Lighting Project: How To Make a Swing Arm Wall Sconce.
Add a visual exclamation point
In the form of painted on campaign corners, a bold frame color, a way too big frame or mat — something that combines with the feel of the art not to overpower it but to make it become something bigger and better than the original piece. (Spotted on The Everygirl.)
Get cute with your corners
Don't let these weird and awkward spots go artless. You can make two small or diminutive pieces of art really sing when you mirror each other in a corner hung situation, even when there's larger, more attention grabbing art in the space. (Seen on My Domaine.)
Layer over windows
Don't be afraid to partially cover a window. Though it might seem counter-intuitive if you're trying to have as much light filter into your room as possible, layering is always a sophisticated design tool to add interest to a room, and the light that will halo around your art will grab interest. (Spotted on Domino.)
Go REALLY oversized and leaning
No, you might not be able to buy art as large as the ones in the above photo (spotted on Casa Vogue), but you could certainly DIY some art on scrap wood or an old flat door that could be leaned on the floor and add a lot of drama. → The Mega List! 50 Spectacular DIY Wall Art Projects & Ideas.
Hang over a bookcase
It's not news to use your bookcase or bookshelves as alternative areas to display favorite art. But don't feel constricted to pieces of art that will fit within the shelves; hang a favorite art piece over the shelves themselves (yes, in front of books and other knick-knacks) and you'll find yourself in an exciting and sophisticated space. (Spotted on Lonny.)