Mix objects with (or without) traditional art for three-dimensional flash on walls. It’s an easy, unexpected way to give rooms texture and depth.

By Sara Diekelmann; Photographer: Jacob Fox
December 18, 2014

Soft spot Panels of perky fabrics flanking framed art bring color and warmth to a living room wall. Hang a drapery rod 5 to 6 inches above the centered art. Drape fabric panels (ours are 22x74 and 16x58 inches) over the rod. Swap fabrics seasonally for a quick refresh.


Soft spot resources Art Framed print. T.J. Maxx. Fabrics (From left) Outdoor Santa Maria Mint Julep from the Sun and Shade collection by Waverly. Java Tree Lakeland by P/Kaufmann. Spice Market Aquamarine from the Hide and Souk collection by Braemore. Tonic Living. Lamp T.J. Maxx. Pillows T.J. Maxx. Side table Threshold two-tier round table in Antiqued Pewter. Target. Vases (Tall) Adra. (Short) Rati. Crate and Barrel. Wall paint PM-30 Bone White. Benjamin Moore.

Basket case A dozen or so woven baskets climb the wall, creating a rustic focal point in a once-ignored corner. Adhering them is a cinch with removable picture-hanging strips. Two per basket is plenty. Start with one basket in the middle and work your way out, leaving 2 to 3 inches between each.


Basket case resources Baskets Lidded green small baskets and two-piece water hyacinth basket sets. Crate and Barrel. Orange Round Michelle baskets. World Market. Chair Peacock Blue Lorna chair. World Market. Picture-hanging strips Large and medium strips. Command Brand. Vase Narrow, short Modernist vase in Rustic Aqua. West Elm. Wall paint 1095 Oakwood Manor. Benjamin Moore

Grid system Instead of arranging a grid of only framed art (or, in this case, scrapbooking paper), alternate frames and brackets that show off vases. It's a creative way to add dimension.


Grid system resources Bookends Geode in blue. Pottery Barn. Brackets Mayne Yorkshire 4821W two-pack hanging basket planter decorative brackets in white. Custom clear acrylic tops. Lowe's. Frames Michaels. Vases (On brackets) Waterscape. West Elm.

More hang ups

Many accessories and quirky collections can double as wall art. Here are some faves.

Plates of art Vintage dishes are often displayed on walls, but pinup-worthy plates don't have to be old. New dishware in kicky colors livens up an arrangement. Resources Plates (Top) Calypso appetizer plates. Rosanna Inc. (Bottom) World Market.


Lighting on the wall Sculptural sconces bring useful beauty to a row or grid of framed art. To avoid wiring, mount candle sconces.

Collection composition Whatever you compile-clocks, antlers, mirrors or birdhouses-will command attention in a group.