Rental-Friendly Ways to Display Art


There can be many challenges in rental living.  Not being able to paint the walls or change cabinetry, outdated appliances, and odd layouts are just a few. 

But what if you can't put holes in the walls?  A lot of renters face this problem and either might bend the rules a smidge or just never display their art, photos, and wall decor.  As renters, we should be able to create a personalized space that everyone can enjoy. All you need is a little creativity and fresh ideas and you'll be displaying your art and picture collection in no time.

The easiest solution is to use Command Strips on painted walls.  Make sure to buy ones that match the size and weight of your art.  Once you stick them on, it's a good idea to press the art frame to the wall for a few seconds.

For art in the bathroom or kitchen, use Velcro strips on hard surfaces like tile.

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Styling tip: To avoid art appearing as if it is "floating" or unbalanced, hang small pieces together with the center at eye level.  Look for smaller wall spaces, like the space between a window and a door, or near a tall piece of furniture and the corner. These positioning techniques will give your art displays a well-designed look!

Lean art on the floor.

If you have large art pieces and not enough wall space, or if the pieces are heavy, create a statement by leaning art on the floor.  Place it next to a piece of furniture or layer it with other art pieces.

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Styling tip:
 Fill with the space above with small art pieces hung with command strips.

Get creative with hanging materials.

If you have a picture rail or wood trim where you feel comfortable using a small nail, you can hang a picture for a unique and renter-friendly display.  Just cut a piece of twine or leather string twice the length you want the frame to hang from the nail. Staple the ends to the top back corners of the frame, then suspend from the nail.