Check out these inspiring solutions we found on our journey through the archives:
• 1 Jessica's Room of Her Own. Hanging small prints on a series of clipboards is such a cute idea; it makes it easy to switch things out when you're wanting a new look.
• 2 Emily and Meeko's Sunny First Apartment. A bulletin board covered with souvenirs and trinkets can look messy, but displaying the same items in a shadowbox frame has the look of a nice collage.
• 3 Ariana and Andreas' Downey Street Tree House. I love the "one of these things is not like the other" look of this sweet grouping. It's a clever way to display a triptych with one mismatched piece.
• 4 Joan and Johann's Mission Maisonette. Displaying canvases lined up on a long shelf creates more depth and interest than a simple grouping hung directly on the wall.
• 5 Evan's Old-Timey Apartment and Studio Space. A clothesline provides a way to hang artwork neatly in a room with eaves and exposed beams.
• 6 Trish's North Portland Nest. Sometimes I forget that it's possible for artwork to look fabulous hanging below eye level, near the floor or even along the baseboards, especially in a room with high windows.
• 7 Melissa and Ryan's World of Color. Draw frames on a chalkboard wall for a temporary installation of prints or children's artwork.
• 8 Melinda and David's Unique and Artsy Home Revisited. Hanging a group of artwork above and around a flat-screen TV minimizes the impact of the TV on the wall.
• 9 Kelly Rae's Colorful Seattle Farmhouse. In lieu of the traditional large framed piece above the hearth, a deconstructed mantelpiece display features a small canvas with a large empty frame leaning behind it.
• 10 Kelly and Jonathan's Mission District Charmer. Hanging art from the molding is sometimes a necessity in rentals, but I also like the way it looks, adding a bit of visual interest beyond the artworks themselves. Dangling smaller frames directly from larger ones allows you to hang in a group.
Got ideas of your own for creative artwork displays? Please share!