Display It with Style: Wall Art

Show off your collections artfully with creative wall displays.

Photo by Bret Gum

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but that doesn’t mean you should be limited to using one beautiful painting per wall. Group several paintings together to create a unique display that makes use of your flea market and thrift shop finds! Keep in mind a simple color palette or theme if you are displaying paintings. Put the largest painting in the middle as the focal point, and artfully arrange smaller paintings around it. Don’t align the paintings so they are at the same level: keep it visually interesting and put them at various heights. There is something charming about a display that is “perfectly imperfect.”


Photo by Bret Gum

Your displays aren’t just limited to paintings. Try hanging up vintage mirrors, sun hats or ceramic plates—or anything that you love and collect! The key is to just be yourself. It’s your home, so cater the style so that it suits you.


living room
Photo by Jacqueline deMontravel

If you want your items to really pop and take center stage, use a neutral wall color to create a blank canvas that is easy to decorate. In the case with mirrors, which reflect the light of the room, let them shine against a darker hue, such as the ash gray wall shown here. If you don’t want to commit to painting a room in a dark color, just paint one wall, which will highlight your collection even more. Happy hanging and have fun creating your one-of-a-kind look.


By Karen Wilhelmsen

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