How to Hang Wall Art Like a Designer

Remember this post about my Ballard mirror? The mirror finally arrived and has been hung. And you know what? I LOVE it. The wall it’s on has easily become my favorite wall in the house. Why? Because it looks like an intentional design element. It looks finished. It isn’t just one piece of art on a wall. It’s an entire composition. I love it so much that I’ve been walking around the house trying to figure out how to style the rest of our walls which, in comparison, look a little boring. So, how do I plan to fix our boring wall art? By adding more art (and wall brackets, plates, and baskets)!

Sounds cluttered, right? I’m not sure about you, but It seems like I’ve always heard and read a few specific “rules” regarding hanging art. Not every wall needs to be filled with art. Use only use a few pieces per room. That advice was wrong.

Ok, hear me out. Looking for inspiration re: fixing our boring wall art, I turned to Pinterest and my trusty design books. And do you know what I noticed? Lots of designers FILL their walls with decorative objects and art. Even adjacent walls occasionally feature these compositions. In fact, once I really started to pay attention, I realized that they hardly ever have just one thing per wall. Crazy, right? The receipts to prove it are below.

Cathy Kincaid wall art
Cathy Kincaid
Joane Askins entryway
Joane Askins
Alexa Hampton bedroom wall art
Alexa Hampton
Eric Ross Dining Room
Eric Ross
James Farmer wall art
James Farmer

Do you see what I’m talking about? Creating a composition with art and objects just looks so interesting and creates a more layered look. It looks more lived in. I’m convinced that this layered, lived in look is the key to fixing boring wall art.

Finally, If you’re feeling stuck, start with the graphic below. Note: Images are not to scale. All artwork and sconces in the graphic are from One Kings Lane. The shelf is from Wayfair. The mirror is from Overstock and is linked on my Currently Loving page.


  1. I saw your post about Colefax & Fowler’s Bowood chintz – any idea where I can get yardage for an upholstered headboard?

    • Hi! Etsy might be the easiest route. I would check out the seller ThePoshRobin. She has yardage available in the glazed chintz and has samples. It looks like the seller YellowDogDesignbyKat also has yardage available. Hope that helps!

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