08/10/2014 08:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

6 New Ways To Use Art (Without Hanging It On A Wall)

To be frank, hanging art on the wall is certainly not the most fun task in the world. Between spending too much time sifting through an endless array of hooks and wondering why the frame is STILL crooked even though you used a damn level, it's about time to explore other options.

These are the designer-approved ways to do just that.

Lean, don't hang.

lean art

A carefully-place work of art is the ultimate lazy person's tip. The key is making it look intentional. Don't prop it up against furniture, do place it against a wall. Bigger works are better for this.

Fill an empty fireplace.

fireplace art

Instead of letting this feature go empty during the nine months out of the year that aren't winter, place a couple works (and maybe even some bold accents to go with them) inside.

Enhance your bookshelves.

bookshelf art

While the name may hint at otherwise, bookshelves aren't just for books. If your walls are full or you want to distract from any clutter on the shelves, hang some art directly on them by simply adding a hook to the shelf. This tip is best for lightweight, unframed canvases.

Create a headboard.

headboard art

Consider it an attractive alternative to splurging on an upholstered one and a fantastic opportunity to add the pop of color that may be missing. Try thrift stores or estate sales for affordable oversized artworks.

Deck out your door.

door art

Make the most of this all-too-often ignored spot in your home by displaying a vertical group of photos or art. Just be sure to use extra reinforcement if you're decorating a more high-traffic passageway.

Layer away.

layer art

This idea is great for those of us with tons of photos, but not enough space to display them all. Mix up the sizes and shapes, then arrange on a shelf.

And for more decorating ideas, visit our friends at Domino.

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