5 Unique Ways to Display Artwork

You’ve heard the saying “It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it,” right? Well the same goes for your wall art and how you display it. Selecting art is only half the battle and you should always be on the lookout for different ways to break the mold. Here are five ways to display artwork that will give your creativity a jumpstart.


1. By Such Complex Means
Simple Machine for Hanging a Canvas


This wall display is a simple machine inspired by The Art of Rube Goldberg and our interview with Rube’s granddaughter Jennifer George. We used some basic pulleys and hardware, that can be found at any local hardware store to create a wall display that uses the weight of one canvas and rope tension to suspend both canvases on the wall. This one was meant to be minimal and modern inspired. However you could easily use antique pulleys as well as elaborate machine combinations to create a full Rube Goldberg machine.


2. Lean On Me
Simple Machine for Hanging a Canvas


Industrial Chic Desk

Salon walls continue to be a trend, but we really love the possibilities that leaning artwork creates. It allows you to layer pieces and create depth. Leaning a large canvas can be a great way to transition between two wall colors or textures that may not quite work by themselves. If you are an indecisive person, it also makes changing the layout of your room quick and easy. The ability to swap artwork as needed allows you to change important areas, like your workspace, to support your mood or space needs.


3. The Big Picture


By breaking a large image into smaller pieces, you can create a simple but unforgettable presentation. Use this to your advantage and do something exciting like creating movement or asymmetrical pieces.

4. You’re With Me, Leather
Hang A Canvas With Leather Straps


Another way of changing up the traditional methods of hanging a canvas is to use different hardware. For this wall used leather straps to hang the shelf and canvas. You can do this to add a rustic feel with darker leather. We went for something a little more feminine and used untanned leather. You should also attach the leather to the back of the canvas on the stretcher bars. That way you don’t harm the canvas.

5. Breaking the Mold
Artwork on Bookcases -1


Artwork on Bookcases -1

Attaching canvases or prints to the molding of a bookcase is a clever way to either save space or hide extra space depending on the size of your art. Either way, it creates a unique layering effect.