Leaning Art for Commitment-Free Arrangements

February 03, 2015

Waverly Canvas Wall Art: Ute Mountain I (Gem), Ute Mountain II (Gem), Four Corners (Gem) 

As a college student, I'm never in one place for too long. Between dorm room changes, a semester abroad, a couple off-campus leases, and breaks spent at my parents' house, it seems like I'm always settling in somewhere new only to pack up my things and start over shortly after.

Despite this, it's important to me that wherever I'm living is well decorated — no matter how temporary it may be. It's also critical that my decor is easy to move and display. I used to rely on taping posters and photographs to my walls, but my tastes have matured. I've since started growing a collection of canvases and framed art.

A lot of dorms and leases don't allow nails in the wall, so I've learned that leaning pieces against the wall is a convenient and stylish solution. When artfully placed, it'll give your room a cool, casual vibe. It's an easy way to add dimension and interest, and it allows you to make as many adjustments as you'd like. See below for my favorite tips for this decorating technique.

Lean art in clusters. Group different pieces together and arrange them at different heights, layering your artwork by leaning smaller pieces on top of larger ones. For a sleek aesthetic, cluster art with similar content and colors. Or try displaying different frames, canvases and colors together for a fun, casual look.

Create vignettes. This is my preferred method. I'll lean my favorite Waverly canvas on the back of a dresser or tabletop, pairing it with plants, stacked books and other accessories.

My favorite Waverly Wall Art: Belle of the Ball (Delft)

When working with vignettes, try to develop visual interest by playing with scale. Some diversity in size is desired, as it creates texture and energy. But if the variation is too great — even a small canvas on a large piece of furniture — the art will get lost.

Make use of shelf space. You might want to consider dedicating a shelf or two in your home specifically for leaning art. Yes, installing a shelf requires some work. But then you can add or remove as much as you like, playing with different arrangements. For a gallery-like display, display art with similar sizes, styles and colors.


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