How-To Series: Display Wall Art In a Rental
Being that a big bulk of our art pieces are meant to hang on a wall, we get asked a lot about how to hang them. Many of our customers live in rental homes or apartments, and in those cases, the heavy-duty nails required to hang some of our heavier wooden pieces just won't fly. In a perfect world, you would be able to hang the art you want to in your home and still get your security deposit back — and we're here to help you do just that.
- Try the lean method. Many interior designers and savvy renters simply lean their larger art pieces against the wall rather than actually hanging them. This works best with a shelf or some type of surface (a la this scene from The Stella Blue Gallery above), but if you're working with a really big piece, it also looks cool and carefree to simply tilt it against the wall while resting the bottom on the floor.
- Get smart about your hooks. If you're able to make a few holes in the wall and you're just looking to limit the extent of the damage (and your eventual workload when you move out), try using monkey hooks in place of regular nails. These J-shaped hooks can hold up to 50 pounds if you use them the right way, so they're perfect for hanging even our larger pieces.
- Create a mantle display. If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace in your rental, our pieces look great when displayed on the mantle. Mix them with plants, picture frames and other decorative objects to create a designer-worthy vignette.
- Try Velcro strips. While these little guys aren't quite sturdy enough for our larger pieces, they would work to hang pieces like the Shelby or the Trinity. Plus, they're easy to remove from the back of the piece, so you can easily take it with you if you move.
- Think outside the wall. If you just can't risk your security deposit but you still want to display a 1767 piece in your home, check out our serving trays or tables instead. These feature the same reclaimed wood construction and signature designs as our wall art pieces, but they don't require any nails, screws or even tape to incorporate them into your decor.