Creative Ways to Display Art From SF House Tours

Creative Ways to Display Art From SF House Tours

Susie Nadler
Mar 30, 2010

My husband and I are moving into a new place soon and planning a total reorganization of our artwork. In particular, we're looking for creative ways to hang art in groups to make our whole "collection" feel more dynamic. Lucky for us, the Apartment Therapy house tour archives are full of inspiration in this area, so I've culled together some favorites from San Francisco and the Northwest.

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!

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