Do You Display Art Off the Wall?

Do You Display Art Off the Wall?

Sarah Rainwater
Sep 3, 2009

Normally we wouldn't advocate blocking off a window, but the decision to put this framed photograph by Erik Lang in the window of our old studio was born out of necessity as many home design solutions are (for better or worse).

The problem? There was a window on every wall of this temporary studio space which meant (a) there was no place to hang artwork and (b) the window behind the computer looked right out at the street, providing little privacy and way too much glare. Add to that hideous dish-sponge-green blinds and a curtain that was too short (yes, we could have bought new curtains, but we figured it wasn't worth the investment for a temporary space). Besides, we loved having colorful art to look at right in our workspace.

We also hung some smaller pieces of art on the metro shelving using IKEA kitchen hooks and they did a great job of hiding some of the clutter. We've written about hanging art in front of bookshelves on Apartment Therapy before and we know that readers had mixed feelings about it, so we thought we'd ask your opinion on unconventional art displays.

What creative ways have you found to show off your art collection?

For some inspiration on displaying art and other collections, check out our house tour of Sarah & Hillary's Loft.

The large photograph behind the desk in the image above is by Erik Lang and the small print hung on the shelf is by Mark Ryden.

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