So you've collected your favorite works and finally planned out the perfect gallery wall, but wait—we have a better idea. Before you pick up the hammer, we suggest you hit the nail on the head (figuratively speaking) and forgo the hangers altogether. Instead, display your coveted prints, original paintings, and prized photography against the wall, the mantel, the cabinet, or even on the floor. Yep, all the cool kids are doing it. Why, you ask?
There's something undeniably hip about exhibiting your favorite (and often expensive) artworks with an almost aloof and nonchalant flair. It's youthful and carefree, just the kind of mood any home would want to replicate. We think the artists themselves would approve too. If you're still not convinced, we've rounded up some of our favorite examples—from the fireplace to the floor—to showcase how it's done. We guarantee you'll be leaning your paintings from now on. If you do become a convert, be sure to tag us with your photographic proof on social.
There's something undeniably cool about displaying your art where book spines would normally be. These shelves double as the perfect centerpiece for framed photographs and unique prints. Choose to layer them over each other for that haphazard nonchalance. It's so cool not to care.
Molly Berman Loading Dock ($850)
Drew Doggett Photography Whisper ($3000)
Ed Freeman El Moroco Motel Photographic Print ($495)
You could choose to display your favorite decorative objects on the cabinet, or you could lean your prized paintings here instead. We're gunning for the latter. We love how Los Angeles art dealer John Wolf has leaned his casually behind the formal table lamps. It adds a lived-in flavor to any space, and we're digging it big time.
Jonni Cheatwood Sandra Bullock & the Bad Cat 5 Painting ($5500)
Martín Reyna Untitled ($1900)
Alice Quaresma Violet ($1700)
The mantel over your home's fireplace is the perfect place for displaying art. The shelf is the ideal width and height to line them up. You can mix various objets d'art around them too. We love how this one is sitting casually against an antique gilded mirror.
Maria Svarbova Alone ($1000)
Holly Andres River Road ($1800)
Petra Collins 24 Hour Psycho ($5000)
For our final example of this cool artsy trend, we're leaving you with our favorite place: the floor. Large pieces work best here, but your smaller prints will look just as at home too. It all comes down to the way you style it. This room would be nice but not nearly as breathtaking as it is now with the two large-scale art prints leaning against the back wall. Are you convinced now?
Leslie Holt Hello Van Gogh (Band Aid) ($1000)
David Shrigely Run From Yourself—Price Upon Request ($1907)
Aline Smithson Portrait of the Photographer's Mother ($2000)
Ready to try this trend at home? Let us know how it looks in the comments below or tag us on social to show us.
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