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Making Room for More Art

by habituallychic

09 . 25 . 13
As a follow up to yesterday’s post, I thought it would be interesting to look at art in some less traditional places.  The design world loves to hang art in kitchens and baths and even some closets but not sure if everyone else is on board with it.  I certainly would be careful not to hang any priceless works of art in a steamy bathroom or anything to close to the stove without glass but why not prop a painting up on a shelf of glasses. As an avid collector, I’m always looking for anyplace left to display art and I might start on the closet next. 

via House Beautiful

via Emily Jenkins Followill

via Elle Decor

Kitchen of Kate and Andy Spade. 

Kitchen of Kate and Andy Spade. 
Aerin Lauder Kitchen.

Bill Blass Closet. 

Art on doors is a great idea when you’ve completely run out of room! 

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  1. Coulda shoulda woulda September 25, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    I love art hung anywhere but one place I am considering is inside the fridge as that place gets a lot of my visual time so perhaps I should clear a shelf.

  2. Jackie {York Avenue} September 25, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    I certainly am running out of room on my walls for all of my art, so this is helpful! Inside the closet might be the only place I have left. I like the idea of using the kitchen-it’s kind of unexpected and that makes the piece stand out a bit more.

  3. Bourbon & Pearls September 25, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    CSW – that is hilarious!

    I love all of these pics, I have art everywhere too, except that fridge shelf – on it.

  4. Splendid Market September 25, 2013 | 3:04 pm

    I love the look of art in all parts of the house, it adds so much depth to the kitchen and bathrooms, and it’s great in these closets. I always put less favored art in tertiary locations, like rarely used closets, then when I do open the door, I’m always happy to see it.

  5. Chez Laurel September 25, 2013 | 3:18 pm

    I don’t know how you do it, Heather! I am in awe and full of admiration for the wealth of beautiful photographs that always accompany your informative posts. Thank you SO much for all you do to make your blog a treasure-house of information and beauty. I cannot imagine how much time it takes you to put a post like this together…

  6. ArchitectDesign™ September 25, 2013 | 4:05 pm

    I have too much art as well and used the 1 wall of my closet and above the door for a lot of the more personal pieces. I enjoy it every morning!

  7. Jennifer James September 25, 2013 | 5:30 pm

    I am fashioning my bathroom wall trim after that blush bathroom you posted. So stunning.


  8. Francoise McAree September 25, 2013 | 5:51 pm

    the only problem with art in bathrooms is how damaged they get from the smoke and moisture over time…

  9. Linda @ DesignInMyView September 25, 2013 | 9:42 pm

    Art in the fridge: Funny.
    Smoke in the bathroom: Install a quality exhaust fan.

    My collection of “smalls” are nearly paneling the big wall in our guest bed/kids tv room. It’s an ever expanding puzzle with each new purchase or framed kids drawing.

  10. therelishedroost September 26, 2013 | 12:40 am

    Gorgeous I love the art in the Kitchens and the cluster of art in the bathrooms!! Truly beautiful images!

  11. CarolAnne - camdesign September 26, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    always room for one more piece of art, I have hung 2 pieces from black ribbon in front of my black door and black drapery… surprizes everyone but I love the look.

  12. Richie Designs September 26, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    I love art in my kitchen and bathroom. I think for most of us we forget that those are rooms that need extra love as well.

    I also got a lovely tip from my neighbor who has tiny little lamps all over her house including her bath and kitchen. She said it just adds a little bit of mood to an area that’s unexpected. I tried it in my bath recently and it completely changed the room. I’m starting to look at lighting in a whole new way.

  13. Erika September 26, 2013 | 10:29 pm

    I love picture rails. They let me move paintings around without any wall damage. Rather than have everything out, I keep about half in an old (and very sturdy) cupboard that belonged to one of my grandfathers. When I feel it’s time for a change, I potter through the contents, rediscovering them all again.

    I do have paintings hanging in the kitchen, but well away from the cooking area. Far too aware of the damage that can result.

    And miniatures are propped in front of books in some of the very crammed shelves (in pretty much every room of the house).

    It’s spring in Australia. Now that the vegie patch is in order, it might just be time for some paintings to move around!

  14. Karena Albert September 27, 2013 | 6:21 pm

    Heather wonderful images of art. You really can hang fine art ANYWHERE! High Low, from ceiling to baseboard. Art should be seen!

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  15. Ms. Wis./Each Little World October 1, 2013 | 2:02 am

    There isn’t a room in our house that doesn’t have art, including the kitchen and baths. We even have huge ceramic pots in the garden and big ceramic plates on the exterior house walls between windows. We move all of the art around so nothing stays in a problem environment too long. The bathroom art is also all under glass. But unless you have really valuable art, I would not worry about damage too much. Storing it to protect it means you can’t enjoy it on a daily basis which defeats the purpose of buying art.