10 More Unconventional Ways to Hang Art

10 More Unconventional Ways to Hang Art

Nancy Mitchell
Jun 6, 2013

The post I created last year about 10 Unconventional Ways to Hang Art turned out to be a bit controversial. Some of you found the suggestions for hanging art on doors or bookcases fresh and original, while others thought they were downright blasphemous. If you're a traditionalist, you might to hang on to your picture hanging wire, because here are 10 more unconventional ways to hang art. 

1. I look at pictures of interiors all day, but this took even me by surprise. Giant-portrait-as-blind? In a bathroom? Yet somehow it works. Photo from Peppermint Bliss
2. What about hanging a painting in front of the drapes at the head of a canopy bed? Image from Design*Sponge
3. I love the way a hugely oversized mat focuses attention on a smaller piece. Image from Style at Home
4. Prop a smaller piece of art in front of a much larger one for a layered look. Photo by Russell Smith via Desire to Inspire
5. This setup requires a little more commitment than some, but it's one I really love: a shallow bookcase, set up with shelves that function as picture ledges. It's a changeable art display that feels very grown-up. Elle Decor via Habitually Chic

6. Jill, one of our Room for Color entrants, had the idea of hanging a painting on a mirror
7. Propped on a console table, an oversized piece of art takes center stage. From the Paris home of Patrick Gilles & Dorothée Boissier, as seen in Yatzer
8. Would you hang a piece of art in front of a window? In this case, the painting is propped on an easel in front of the window, but if you were feeling especially bold you could hang a piece on the muntins (those intermediary bars in the middle of windows) themselves. Image from Architectural Digest
9. From Architectural Digest (via Primitive Decor), here's a great way to group together many prints of the same shape and size. Instead of struggling to get lots of same-sized frames straight, why not build a single mega-frame?
10. Hanging a picture above the fireplace is de rigueur, but what about placing art in the fireplace? Arran Russel and Jacqui Lewis adorned their non-working fireplace with treasured paintings and photos in this house tour from Design*Sponge

(Images: as linked above)

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