Seems like many with-it designers are choosing to forgo the nail-and-hammer in favor of the picture ledge, when hanging art. It's a more casual look, allowing for flexibility and easy switching.
In a sense, when a piece of art is leaning against a wall or mantel, your house turns into a rotating art gallery that promotes the various pieces, rather than hiding them away in a big salon grouping hammered to a wall. Here are some examples of how to achieve this casual look.
• Bright white shelves are hung above a casual slipcovered sectional in a beach house. Via
• An eclectic collection of thriftstore oil portraits lean against a driftwood shelf.
• Two antique prints lean against an antiqued mirror atop a mantel.
• Two custom picture ledges house a variety of artwork
• A formal gallery of photographs are layered in this custom built gallery of Michele Oka Donar
Images: Vicente Wolf via Lonny Magazine; Lonny Magazine; Besty Brown Design via Elle Decor; Glenn Gissler Design; LoftLife Magazine