Overlap leaning artwork, so that each item is partially visible.
Vary color, texture, height and shape of objects.
Overlap artwork slightly, so that a part of each item is visible.
Large heavy objects on the floor, like mirrors or shutters, look great when layered with live potted plants and sculptural decorative objects from the garden. Be sure items are in proper scale to the size of the room-- don't use small objects in your floor arrangements.
Group old picture frames in varying sizes, contrasting colors or frame styles.
Arrange items according to theme; landscape pictures, antique pictures, beachy items, black and white photographs, and so on.
A stack of hardcover books, a candle base, or small box can be used to raise smaller objects.
For a sophisticated look, group canvases or frames in the same color palette.
For a bohemian look, lean artwork of varied colors and patterns and add stacks of books.
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.
How to keep pictures and mirrors from slipping
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 small 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!
Decorating with floor mirrors
A leaning mirror will bring added dimension to any space. Be sure to attached large floor mirrors to the wall. Photo by Potter Barn.
When you decorate with a large floor mirror, you should always consider what the mirror is 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 leaning small pieces of artwork or mirrors on the floor. They will be lost in the overall landscape of a room.
How to secure a large leaning mirror to the wall
If you are decorating with a large mirror and have kids running around, you should be concerned about your heavy mirror falling.
The easiest way to secure your 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.
How to make your own floor mirror
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.