Here’s a Fun Trick for Hanging Art Without Adding Holes to Your Walls

updated Mar 31, 2023
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Credit: Rikki Snyder

There’s tons of gallery wall inspiration out there, and there are plenty of creative places to hang your artwork. But the Bespoke Style room at Small/Cool NYC 2022 proves there’s one more spot for your art you may have overlooked.

Sourya Venumbaka, the creator of Sové Home and designer behind the Bespoke Style room, believes that “good design shouldn’t be out of anyone’s reach.” Naturally, her room is full of affordable furniture and clever DIYs. One of the standout features in Sourya’s room is the IKEA KALLAX unit she used as a room divider.

“I maximized the room’s functionality by using a bookshelf as a divider that not only provides storage but visually separates two living spaces,” Sourya says. The shelves came in a walnut finish, but Sourya painted the inside of the shelves a dark shade of black (Behr’s Black Pepper) to create a moody backdrop for her handpicked decor. In order make the shelf truly stand out as a statement piece, she filled it with beautiful, textured vases and bowls.

On the side of the shelf facing the living space, Sourya hung a framed piece of art on the front right on the shelf! It’s a genius way to display art without pounding a nail into your walls. Plus, the framed art adds to the feeling of a room within a room.

Credit: Rikki Snyder

The gold frame is perfectly proportioned so that it doesn’t obscure the style objects on the shelves, and the frame’s style pairs perfectly with the vibe of the room. If you want to recreate the look, use strong Command hooks to hang a frame on your own shelves. Just be sure that the hook is strong enough to hold the weight of the piece you’d like to hang, and follow the mounting directions to a tee. Whether you’ve got a built-in bookcase or one floating in the middle of the floor, its the perfect backdrop mount a single piece of art.