6 Unexpected and Easy Places to Display Art

Because there's life after the gallery wall.

Patrick Cline/Lonny
Patrick Cline/Lonny

Our boy Pablo Picasso once said "art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life." We couldn't agree more. That's why we're here to inspire you to get more of it in your home, so we're sharing some ideas that are quite literally off the wall. Think gallery walls are they're totally overrated? Check out these funky, head-turning ways to showcase your art that are surprisingly simple. Heck, some don't even require a hammer and nails—how simple is that?

Alec Hemer/Lonny
Alec Hemer/Lonny

ON A BOOKSHELF

In Dan Mazzarini's colorful Victorian remodel, we couldn't resist snapping the #shelfie the NYC talent designed and styled. Amid the malachite china, paper-wrapped books, and pagoda wallpaper, Mazzarini hung a framed sketch of an orchid (that he made himself, FYI), not on the walls or inside the shelves, but right on the beam.

Patrick Cline/Lonny
Patrick Cline/Lonny

beside THE BATHTUB 

Who would think to put a tiny vintage photograph behind a bathtub's fixtures? Leave it to David Cafiero, who's framed sepia snapshot brings a warm, antique touch to bold, silver hardware.  

Patrick Cline/Lonny
Patrick Cline/Lonny

ON A CHAIR

Like an easel, but better—plopping a beloved print on an equally prized chair makes for the easiest art instillation ever, period. 

Patrick Cline/Lonny 
Patrick Cline/Lonny 

ON THE FLOOR

Speaking of easy, how about just lining your mini-gallery up on the floor? If you need proof that this is indeed a real design trend, weigh in on the topic here

Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny
Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny

ON A RADIATOR

Once the bane of old city apartment dwellers' existence, bulky radiators are handier than you might think. With some mega-framed pieces placed on top (and a safe heat-resistant surface in between of course), these sturdy units are quickly camouflaged. Your guests will think you're a genius and run home to try it themselves.

Genevieve Garuppo/Lonny
Genevieve Garuppo/Lonny

ABOVE A SINK 

Hanging art in the bathroom isn't so groundbreaking 'round these parts, but placing them where a mirror would usually go, well, that's just thinking outside the box. 

Patrick Cline/Lonny
Patrick Cline/Lonny

on the kitchen counter

The kitchen is probably one of the last places you'd think to show off some art. But a sketch in a simple frame tucked amongst the kitchen essentials feels as fresh as a bowl of lemons. We can almost hear Ina Garten asking, "how easy is that?"

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