Can't Commit to Where to Hang Your Art? Try This (Renter Friendly) Trick Instead

Can't Commit to Where to Hang Your Art? Try This (Renter Friendly) Trick Instead

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Arlyn Hernandez
Feb 4, 2017

As a renter who loves art, it can be hard for me to commit to hanging anything. What if I put something up, then end up not liking the placement, only to have to put more holes in my walls when I move it? Or, even worse, what if my landlord gives me a big "Nope!" when I ask if I can in fact hang things to begin with? My favorite solution?

Leaning art (from furniture or the floor). Apart from being a great answer for renter woes, I really dig the casual style of it. It can also nicely offset a gallery wall by adding just a bit of imperfection (something I think every room should have, in fact). Plus, it's much easier to play around and change up the look of a room when you can simply and effortlessly move pieces around. I've rounded up seven of my favorite displays of the moment, that will hopefully inspire you in your own home.

Above: Dining rooms can sometimes come off stiff and a little too formal, which is why I love this friendly, approachable one from MyDomaine. The art on the credenza (which is actually a "fauxdenza" IKEA hack!), adds to the effortless feeling of the decor.

Oversized art is a bold and totally chic addition to a room that's sizable enough (with high ceilings) to sustain the heft, though heavy framing in dimensions likely larger than yourself can be very difficult to hang and might require an expert installer. Instead, if you like this look (even if not at this scale), leaning them against the wall lends a fresher, unexpected take on your art display. You can either prop them up with some furniture—as seen in the stunning dining room above from Bo Bedre—or secure them to the wall with a wire and hook.

(Image credit: Lonny)

An opposite solution to the previous room, sometimes, you have nearly no wall space to put up your artwork. If you have a sliver of a wall to work with, like this bedroom seen on Lonny, leaning a few frames of varying sizes from the floor will give your room life.

(Image credit: Amber Interiors)

This low built-in console by Amber Interiors has been on my Pinterest boards for a while now, filed under "ideas for displaying art." Sure, each of the pieces would have looked great hanging in a traditional way, but leaning against the wall (and each other) gives the display a casual, more playful vibe that I love.

Photographer Nicole Frazen shared this photo of her bedside table on her Instagram and racked up the likes and comments for her simple, laid back styling.

The foyer of this Manhattan apartment, designed by SheltonMindel and featured on Architectural Digest, proves that even pristine, meticulous homes can make this informal look work beautifully.

(Image credit: Hege in France)

To some, the idea of leaning art lower than eye level is unacceptable. Enter: picture ledges. Mix up the art sizes and frame finishes for a modern, yet eclectic look, like Hege in France did above.

(Image credit: Minette Hand)

Atop a fireplace mantel is the perfect place to play with this display strategy especially if you like to mix up your mantel decor seasonally or on a whim. This colorful mantel, from a South Carolina home we toured, holds two large and two small frames which can be rearranged until you find the composition you like best.

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