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Unexpected Places to Hang Art in Your Home

By Amy Wright | Apr 10, 2018

Don’t be afraid to break tradition when it comes to where you hang your canvas prints and wall art. With a little imagination, you can spice up your blank walls and transform unusual spaces into breathtaking displays. Discover 5 clever spots in your home that you can display photos and wall art — that aren’t totally obvious. These fresh, creative ideas are sure to get you inspired to think outside the box when it comes to home decor.

A bright window wall art display

Have you ever seen windows covered in wall art? On first instinct, windows might seem like a taboo place to hang art. After all, the point of windows is to let natural light in and soak in the view from outside.

But maybe the view from the window over your kitchen sink isn’t amazing. Or you have large-scale windows in place of a wall. Hanging a photo print or piece of artwork where the windows meet can give you unique, floating artwork. Simply ensure to keep the number of pieces small so you can still soak in the glorious sunlight.


Photo cred: ILevel

An Imaginative staircase gallery Wall

You’ve seen galleries of family photos on the walls of staircases before. Consider using the white space underneath your stairs.

Build a modern-looking layout with canvas photo prints. Installing floating shelves below your photos is a unique way to keep the area decluttered. You can turn it into a bookcase — or display curated treasures that don’t have a home yet.

Use a cluster of photos in different sizes to fill the space intentionally. Get inspired with more gallery wall tips here.


Photo cred: Yellows

A clever cover-up

Disguise ugly features in your home with artwork. You can’t get rid of the air conditioning vent in the living room…but you can hide it with thoughtfully placed photos and wall art — without having to cover it up.

This stark, white vent stands out against the tan walls. Creating a gallery wall with photo prints or framed artwork camouflages the vent so that it’s no longer the focal point. You can use this idea to conceal thermostats, air vents, or electrical outlets! Just about any eyesore your home might have.


Photo Cred: Lonny

A spiced up unused fireplace

Do you have a non-working fireplace that sticks out like a sore thumb in your living room? Or maybe you have a working fireplace, but you never put it to use.

Decorating the mantle is something you see in most homes. But what about placing artwork below eye level to cover the fireplace? Leaning artwork is an eclectic way to display canvas prints or your framed wall art collection.


Photo cred: Design Sponge

An inventive focal point

Display a large framed print over a set of shelves or a bookcase. Choosing a large scale piece of wall art creates contrast against the small scale of the books.

It may seem counterintuitive to place a large print over shelves. But it actually has the power to draw your eye to the area — just place books and objects around the image so you can still have full access.


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