If you’ve ever found yourself teetering on top of a stepladder, hammer in hand, and having second thoughts about that oh-so-ambitious gallery wall, why not test out this less anxiety-inducing alternative. Casually leaning and layering your artwork—whether it’s fine art prints or a child’s drawings—on a dresser, bookshelf, or atop a piano (as actress and November 2013 Lonny
cover star Rachel Bilson
did below), lends an offhand cool to your room and your collection that a formal arrangement can lack. It’s also a perfect solution for commitment phobes and even the most DIY-averse among us. Check out three takes on the look, from entry level to master class.
(Photo © Douglas Friedman / Lonny)
In the cozy Los Angeles home shared by actors Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen, photos and prints with a similar time-worn Western vibe are grouped atop a piano. For this low-risk take on a layered look, choose images that are all black-and-white or that are framed in similar styles.
(Photo © Patrick Cline / Lonny)
Moody hues still unite all the pieces seen here in J. Crew's Madison Avenue shop
, kitted out under the expert eye of menswear head Frank Muytjens, but the scale, frames, and mediums all vary dramatically.
(Photo © Jenny Brandt / Lonny)
And in the living room of a Swedish summer cottage
, a bookshelf heaped with treasures is topped by two fanciful mirrors. Unlikely candidates for such a casual display, they add an especially eye-catching dose of unstudied glamour.