Design on the Down Low: Hanging Art Below the Windows

I have a love/hate relationship with windows. Obviously a big bunch of windows is an asset to any home, letting in natural light and opening up even the smallest of spaces. On the other hand, if they're not perfectly placed or shaped, windows can be kind of a pain to decorate around.

If you find yourself with unusually high windows, you should celebrate that singular feature by hanging art below it (a trick that works especially well for basement rooms and stairwells). Although art should generally be hung at an adult's eye level, it's OK to break the rules, especially if you're stuck with a design conundrum or perhaps decorating a kids' room.

Here are 10 spaces that get it right:

  1. A Vancouver Kitchen | The Sky is the Limit, shot by Works Photograph
  2. A Mid-Century Modern home in Seattle | Robin Chell Design, shot by Daniel Sheehan
  3. Minneapolis Basement Remodel | Dwelling Designs
  4. Our Room: Parker and Landon | Apartment Therapy
  5. The Office in a Connecticut Home | Crisp Architects, shot by Rob Karosis
  6. A Contemporary Basement in Toronto | Andrew Snow via Houzz
  7. A Structured Calgary Home | Natalie Fuglestveit Interior Design, shot by Lindsay Nichols
  8. Guest Quarters Extension to a Pasadena Home | OKB Architecture
  9. The England Home of Designer Kim Osborne | This is Knockout
  10. A California Home | Urrutia Design

(Image credits: Works Photography; Daniel Sheehan; Dwelling Designs; Traveling Mama; Rob Karosis; Houzz; Lindsay Nichols; OKB Architects; Kim Osborne; Urrutia Design)

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer in Atlanta, Georgia. Living in an apartment with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Bacon, she loves to entertain and hates having a tiny kitchen.