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Leaning pictures and mirrors against walls is an informal decorating alternative to hanging them up.
For those who aren't fans of a formal look, this casual, evolving style of decorating is for you! And it's so easy, anyone can do it.
Leaning your art is also a great way to display artwork and mirrors for those who have a fear of commitment.
Leaning artwork results in a less formal, casual look that is very appealing and handy for those who love to change out their artwork often.
My mother, who is a natural born interior decorator, has been leaning pictures and mirrors against walls, windows, and other kind of ledges, as far back as I can remember, long before it became vogue.
Whether you are redesigning your home decor or planning to do your own home staging in preparation for selling your home, the following ideas for leaning pictures and mirrors should inspire you.
Keep reading for some creative ideas on the many different decorative objects that can be used, and how to use them.
Leaning artwork can be used in any room; in the living room, kitchen, even a bathroom.
You can create an attractive leaning vignette on any flat surface that is place against a wall.
In the kitchen, arrange an inspiring vignette on the countertop by leaning an attractive recipe book against the backsplash and placing some cooking essentials to the front.
Add a pretty bottle of olive oil or wine, a breadboard and knife, potted herbs, etc.
Open shelving or window ledges practically beg to have something leaned on them!
Simply lean a picture, as seen in the living room photo to the right, or add layers, as pictured in the bathroom below.
Or, create a tempting reading area in a child's bedroom on top of and inside a bookcase by leaning colorful books against the back. Don't forget a few well-placed critters, like a favorite teddy bear and his friends.
Other leaning possibilites:
Personally, I wouldn't place artwork on my bathroom countertop because of possible water damage.
You aren't limited to leaning pictures and mirrors alone. Any kind of flat decorative object will look interesting if you lean it.
Look for exciting leaning possibilities at your local antique and second-hand stores.
Spend a day wandering around a flea market, imaging what would look fun leaning on your fireplace mantle, a shelf, against a dresser mirror, even on the floor.
Here are just some decorative objects for the home that would look great:
Layering pictures and mirrors by overlapping them will add dimension and whimsy to your home decor.
Overlap with a collection of your favorite objects; use a theme for a cohesive effect.
When layering, DO NOT allow acrylic canvas surfaces to touch, as they will often stick together, especially in warm weather.
Layering your leaning picture or mirror with other artwork and objects will create a casual effect, as if you just laid things down for a moment...
Experiment by incorporating some of the following room decorating ideas:
Objects that work well in layering with pictures and mirrors; dried starfish, attractive hardcover books with the jackets removed, rustic ironware, baskets, trays, plates, candles, vases, candlesticks and lamps. A lamp will add height and light to your display.
If you live in an earthquake prone area like me, (Alaska!) you will definitely want to secure your artwork.
How to secure leaning art:
Place a thin piece of carpet grip or rubber drawer liner under leaning items on table tops to prevent them from slipping. Place it at the back of your leaning object so it won't show.
Or, place a heavy object in front of leaning pictures and mirrors. A pretty rock, (like a geode or fossil) a large candle, a stack of books, or a piece of statuary will hold things in place.
If you have a house for sale, you may not want to display personal photos. Why? Because buyers will be distracted by them, making it harder to see themselves in your home.
When I was a Realtor showing houses, it never failed... buyers always stopped to check out personal photos!
When you decorate with a large floor mirror, (or any mirror!) you should always consider what the mirror will be reflecting. If a mirror is reflecting an air conditioner or other unattractive feature, try another area.
A good rule of thumb is to place a mirror where it’ll reflect the outdoors. This will create a feeling of spaciousness and light.
If this isn’t possible, try placing the mirror where it’ll reflect an artificial light source, like a pretty chandelier. This will scatter light around the room.
Avoid arranging with small pieces of artwork around your floor mirror. They will be lost in the overall landscape of a room.
If you're decorating with a large mirror and have kids running around, you should be concerned about your heavy mirror falling.
The easiest way to secure a large leaning mirror is to install an L-Bar to the wall. Watch the video below to learn how easy it is!
See the video below on how to secure a leaning mirror to the wall. Video by MirrorLot of canvaslot's channel.
If you've always wanted one of those popular floor mirrors but couldn't afford it, watch the DIY video below. It shows you how to make your own affordable leaning floor mirror. Video by pinksofoxy.
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Last updated 8-10-2022