Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lean Back

To hang or not to hang, that is the question: I personally got sick of the whole gallery wall trend pretty much as soon as I had the last picture hung above my sofa.  So, with that said, I quickly dissembled it and found myself with a surplus of art.  Instead randomly hanging it else where in my apartment I decided to take my deconstructed gallery wall and create an overlapping and leaning group on the floor in my office.  I liked the look so much that when it came time to decorate the area over my credenza I decided to go nail-free and just layer a few of my favorite pieces.

Some notes for creating this laid-back chic look...well it's all about the mix.  Mix mediums, frames and heights - place taller pieces in the back then lean smaller pieces in front.  And if you don't have a large art collection don't can get the same low-key look with a single piece.  Whether displayed along the floor, on a mantle or atop a dresser or credenza, this effortless look is perfect for commitment-phobes renters and makes switching things around easy peasy!

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  1. I can't tell you how much I love this look. 1. I just think it's cool and 2. I can't commit to hanging anything on the walls so I usually just lean things anyway! haha! xoxo

  2. I love the casual look of leaning art. I feels so effortlessly chic.

  3. Okay, my hubby so thanks you for this post, ha, just kidding but seriously this is a great post that makes me think twice. I usually just hang things things up out of sheer habit I guess. I now see the light. I think it is way cooler to lean some art as well. Mix it up a bit. These are great images!

  4. Oh I love the layered art and frames, it really adds more dimension to the room than flat wall galleries do.

  5. I really love this look and it can make the art so much more dynamic and movable which add such opportunity in how the display is set out - love it!