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Hi everyone, it’s Liz Lidgett, The Art Hunter. I’m here as a guest on the Style Spotters blog today to talk about thinking outside the box when decorating with art.

As an art advisor, the success of my company relies on me coming up with new ways to display artwork. There are always new trends in the interior design world — it seems like every stylish home has a great gallery wall, for instance. The next trend I’m looking to in decorating with art is going to be hanging artwork anywhere but the walls.

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The above image shows the incredible restaurant Earth at Hidden Pond in Maine. The vintage paintings on the ceiling perfectly highlight the peaked shape and gives visitors a reason to look up. Such an unexpected design that I would love to see replicated in a home.

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The perfectly sized horseshoes are a great addition to this country-chic home. While many would have placed the series along side the staircase on the wall, this placement shows off the collection with a twist.

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While so many would think this photo is all about that amazing chest, I’m focused on the photographs hung to the door. The paint blocking and gallery wall being included over the door gives such a rich and cohesive look to the room. Pro tip: If you attempt this, be sure to use sticky tack on each of the back corners of the frames. This will keep the frame from rattling each time you shut the door!

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Hanging artwork directly on your bookshelves can kill two birds with one stone. It can add high style to your room, all while hiding any unsightly storage. This could be the perfect way to cover any electronics you don’t need to access regularly, like your wifi box. Setting the artwork directly onto one of the bookshelves is also a nice alternative.

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This is something I really want to try in my own home. What a cool idea to hang artwork on a window frame. If you have nosy neighbors, it can pull double duty as a privacy screen and bring big style into the room.

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Finally, speaking of privacy, if you have a tiny space– I’m looking at your NYC apartment dwellers– try hanging artwork from the ceiling to create a room divider. This artwork is a great way to divide living spaces like an office and a den or a bedroom from guest space.

So what do you think about hanging artwork anywhere but the walls? Just by trying one or two of these ideas in your home, you can make a big change using artwork you already own. Low cost + high style is what I am always aiming for!

For more ideas on how to decorate with artwork, check out my new video series The Art Hunter with BHG.com.


			

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Let’s talk about TVs for a minute or two. Remember when we used to hide our big boxy televisions in armoires? So 90s, right? And frankly, those TVs weren’t really worth keeping on display all the time as they were so visually bulky (not to mention crazy heavy if you ever tried to lift one). Now that flatscreen TVs are ubiquitous, they’re far more likely to be on display at all times. They’re becoming more like a piece of art, especially since they’re wall mountable.

Admittedly, as a designer televisions make me a little crazy (and why do the husbands always want them to be so gigantic?). If it were up to me, I’d probably have the TV huddled back in a corner somewhere in our family room and not the focal point. But with our giant areas of empty walls as well as our somewhat problematic layout, it makes the most sense to have it loud and proud on display. Currently our TV sits on a vintage campaign dresser (seen above) with a gallery of artwork and photographs surrounding it, but I’m ready to finally get the television mounted to the wall to clear up some space and provide a little more of a sleek and thoughtful design.

I’ve pulled together a few inspiration pics of some fantastic gallery walls that include the TV. I love the eclectic layered look. And while I’m partial to the TV mounted on the wall, this look always works when you have it sitting on a dresser or console.

However, if you decide to mount that baby to the wall, you’re still going to need something placed underneath it to visually balance it out. A console, vintage dresser, media cabinet, bookshelf, or even an upholstered bench will help your layout to feel designed and intentional. Don’t leave that TV visually hanging with nothing to ground it!

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When choosing your artwork to surround your TV, decide what you want your final look to be. Do you want it super eclectic and funky with mismatched frames? Or something more serene with a consistent color palette? Regardless, look for a variety of sizes so you have a lot to play with.

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The best thing about this whole look is that it feels intensely individual and loaded with personality. I love collecting little paintings and sketches as well as finding new photographers and artists to display.

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However, if you prefer something a little more symmetrical and polished, go with the same size and colors for your frames. I love this black wall with the contrasting pop of white frames perfectly laid out. This is a great way to fill up a giant space, and I also love how the black TV recedes into the dark wall.

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Polished but also eclectic, this gallery wall has an asymmetrical layout but is kept consistent with its monochromatic color scheme. Black silhouettes pop against the white backdrops and the shelf below provides ample opportunity for display.

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Above all else, find artwork that speaks to you – it doesn’t matter what the price point is or where you found it as long as it’s something that you want to look at on a regular basis. Try framing your children’s artwork, family snapshots, old paintings found in flea markets, or letterpressed art prints. VintageDresser-MintedArt-Reduced_zps17555b1e

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Even old empty frames painted gold can add fantastic texture and visual continuity to your gallery wall.

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My goal this week is to get our TV finally mounted and to work on adding larger pieces to my gallery wall to balance out the size of the TV. Hooray for the New Year and a fresh start for home projects!


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This year was full of pretty pattern! This make a pattern loving girl like me very very happy! Here’s a little highlight reel of the patterns that really got our attention.

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What’s old is new again. This year the print made famous by the old Hollywood Regency Hotel was everywhere and it is easy to see why. So much impact and so versitile, these banana leaves pack a huge punch in any space. I love this print because every space needs something living and green. If you are like me and you don’t exactly have a green thumb, this is a great way to interject something organic into your space. You can go big and use this amazing wallpaper to fill the room or you can have just a taste and use the print on the back of a bookshelf. Either way these iconic leaves will always be a conversation starter.

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How can you not love a dot?? I can never have enough. Good thing there were lots of good ones to choose from this year. Whether you want organic and playful or structured and architectural, there were lots of choices for all you fellow dot lovers. Dot’s are such a great easy pattern to use when you are experimenting with pattern mixing – and they are just happy! Love!

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Stripes have been going strong and continued to be a big part of decor trends in 2015. I love the versitility of a great stripe. They work in traditional and modern settings. We’ve seen them on floors and ceilings and certainly in textiles and in all instances they are a great way to add some movement into an room.

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Raise your hand if you are loving all the pretty florals in the market! I have a secret romantic streak and just can’t get enough of the incedibly sophistocated and lush florals on wallcovering, textiles, rugs, paper – they are everywhere! Florals although inherently feminine can work well in any space. Work in perhaps a pinstripe or plaid or leather accents to help balance with space out.

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The gift giving season is upon us. I am sure there is a pattern loving betty in your life (or maybe it’s you!). The thing I love about pretty patterned gift items and accessories is that they really are great to give all year round. These gems work great as bridesmaid gifts, hostess gifts, office gifts, and even little somethings for those occasions when you need to get something pretty for yourself!

Even the most minimalist design can use a bit of pattern and texture to complete the space. Not a minimalist? Go for full on saturated color and interesting pattern in your accessories. Go on, you will be happy you did! This is often the kind of thing someone may not do for themselves unless given a little gentle nudge. Help someone you love get inspired to experiment with a little pattern with these lovlies for the home.

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I love to go pretty basic (and chic) for a lot of my clothing. It is in the accessories that the pop and personality really come through. Patterned accessories are such a great gift because you don’t have to worry about sizing and the person can really make them their own. They can pair with something simple for a pop or work into a more pattern on pattern ensemble. You can never have enough patterned accessories to mix into your wardrobe!

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We all love our devices. I am the queen of to do apps and productivity apps. However, there is still nothing that replaces the feeling and the connection when I take pen to paper. This is true absolutely for the administrative things that need to get done. This is also true for the times when I get to daydream. This especially true when I want to connect with someone and share something from the heart. There is just nothing like a hand written note on something pretty and inspired. It is breath of fresh air.

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Subscription box lovers this one is for you! Have you heard of the latest? You’ve got to check out Box of Chic from noted interior designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt You get a curated and of course super chic array of items for the home in a great box. This one is totally gift ready! You will probably want to grab one for yourself too!


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Finding the right rug can do so much for you space. A rug can provide the jumping off point for which you build everything around in the room. Using a rug to anchor and define a space is essential in an open room that serves multiple functions. You can also use a rug as a featured statement piece in a room just in the same way as you would use a piece of art work. Clearly the right piece underfoot can truly work to pull an entire look together.

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Kilim rugs are everywhere right now. This look is the latest iteration in the global and ethnic inspired pattern trend. They are great because they are so versatile and really provide amazing color and texture into any space. If you are looking for a more traditional classic looking rug, remember that you have more options beyond orientals! I love the range of looks that are available today. You can find both very traditional patterns and colors and also very bright and fresh options as well. Next time you are on a treasure hunt at an antique or flea market, keep your eyes peeled. You will find amazing pieces or remanents of restored vintage rugs. Sometimes they are even over dyed in fun bright hues.

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I love this style of rug because it can live in any space. It is a flatweave rug meaning it has no pile, so they are just as great to anchor a seating area as they are as a splash of color as a runner in the kitchen.

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Kilims are fantastic off the floor as well! You can find beautiful pillows made from pillow weaves and use them to bring a little bit of a bohemian feel to your space. They are also fantastic as decorative wall hangings.

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The time of year definitely plays a part in the colors we crave and want to use in our home, doesn’t it? Lately I am loving organic, moody tones, especially against white or any light color backdrop. It seems to go hand in hand with another little something I am currently fascinated with, vintage oil paintings. You know, the ones you have passed over dozens of times at the thrift store, local yard sale or flea market, thinking how could I make this work. Often when we see one painting it can be hard to imagine how & where it will go in your home. So I thought I would share some ideas on how to use these once loved pieces in your space.

Less is More. You don’t need a huge collection to get started or to make an impact. Keep your eyes open for 1-2 to begin. Looking for some sort of continuity through tone or type can also be helpful but not necessary. Here are some of my favorite examples of this…

Using two landscapes together in a small space gives a big impact and the gold tones in these frames make them feel connected.

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Using two paintings together in a small entry can also make a statement. Despite a difference in palette and genre, somehow nature ties it all together. Sometimes a good visual can help you decide if 2 pieces are a good match, my best advice, go with your instinct.

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One single oil painting when balanced with tone and texture can be a show stopper and I love this idea of using one in the kitchen.

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Size Matters. A large piece over a sofa, credenza, desk or mantle gives a big impact. It is also an easy way to create a focal point, it can be a bit more pricey but it is worth it, take a look at these…

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I bet the next time you pass a vintage portrait you will look twice. If you are like me then the idea of having another person hanging on your walls, other than a family member may have seemed less than ideal but you can see how stylish & beautiful it is. I am now a believer.

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This piece below from House of Hipster blows me away. By simply altering this portrait it was giving a modern makeover.

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A Collected Look. Using collections of a similar genre to layer your walls is an art. By using a common theme and/or color palette you have the ability to create a space that is not only original but tells a story.

Finding one vintage oil painting that you absolutely love, whether it be the style or tone, can be a perfect place to start your collection. These tropical landscapes over this mantle anchors the room and sets the mood in this modern rustic dining room.

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Looking for a creative idea, how about starting a collection of paint by numbers. This gallery wall gives a vintage vibe to this urban beach house. Another example of how taking a risk on something you love can pay off.

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Ahhh… seascapes you had me at hello. Continuity within a palette and genre can create a stunning collection that is drool worthy.

Emily Henderson Seascape Paintings from the 1970's

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Primitive and Proper-vintage oil nautical paintings line the walls of her dining room

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An Eclectic Mix. Often when creating a gallery wall we think there has to be a running theme but as you can see when there is creative intention we are instantly drawn in. It really has to do with personal style and taking chances on what feels right.

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As you can see there are many reasons to not pass up a worn landscape, seascape or portrait next time you spot one.

Happy hunting & have a beautiful week,

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