A hammer and nails are a dangerous combination when you don't know how to patch up a hole. That's why sometimes it's safer to use a less intrusive technique — especially if you live in a rental. Try one of these genius ideas if you want to keep your walls hole-free.
Historic homes are usually full of character and built-in molding, which is a dream for hanging art with S-shaped hooks and decorative craft wire. If your home doesn't have built-in molding, you can still pick up a picture rail.
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This blogger says you should use three strips for large frames and one just at the top for smaller frames to hang art without using a nail or hammer. Just make sure you use a level to confirm your frame is straight before you stick it to the wall.
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If you're really dedicated to the cause, you need this grid-like piece of furniture (which we spotted on flickr) that you can position behind your sofa or bed and use clips to hang prints on.
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Even though ladders are usually kept outside, when placed in an awkward (and otherwise unused) corner, it becomes a rustic bookshelf and art display — no nails required.
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Who needs art on your wall when you've got colorful, graphic prints on full display above your fireplace? When you turn this fixture into the focal point in your room, your other walls will look just fine without decor.
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Since this material is already filled with holes, you won't have to make your own with a hammer. Just buy pegboard hangers, then hook the back of your frame onto it where you wish.
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An easy way to add texture in your home is layering framed pieces of art on a dresser or credenza. It'll get just as many eyeballs, while offering a unique experience with the pieces.
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Two words:Washi tape. This staple makes taping art to the wall so much more stylish than the clear stuff. We especially love using this trick over desks, where you might want to switch in and out your inspirational images on a regular basis.
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Who says this piece of furniture should only show off the spines of your favorite hardbacks? Sit a framed photo on the shelf closest to eye level (where you're supposed to hang artwork, according to experts) for the easiest art display ever.
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The key to displaying artwork from the ground up is all in how tall the piece is. Here, a quote piece is taller than the rest of the furniture in the room, so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle of the rest of the decor.
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Just like your kids' shoes, this stuff works wonders for keeping your wall art in place, too. You'll just have to do some paint touch-ups (but no putty!) when the time comes to take your frames down.
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One way to avoid unwanted holes? Turn your entire wall into a cork board, which you can pin like crazy without creating any permanent marks.
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Remember that molding we're huge fans of? If it's thick enough, go ahead and place your artwork on top of it. You might think the height is too tall (a.k.a. an awkward placement), but it'll just make your ceilings feel taller.
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Guess what: Easels aren't just for art while it's in progress. Why not stand one up in a corner of your home to display finished art and spare your walls from holes?
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Instead of using this office staple to keep a stack of papers together, attach it to your wall with the help of Command strips or tape to display art. It makes swapping prints in and out next to nothing.
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