I think hanging a big old painting on the front of a bookcase is one of the most elegant looks around. [photo deleted]
There’s more than one way to hang art on bookcases, of course. (Notice that I didn’t say, “right or wrong way,” which shows amazing restraint.) My favorite style is layered and casual — almost messy:
You get this look by hanging large-ish pictures — often more than one — on bookshelves absolutely crammed with books. Books that are arranged by subject or author, not color or size.
It’s so library to me. So cozy. It feels authentic.
That said, I think a more tidy look is beautiful, too — a single piece of art in front of books that are carefully arranged…
…or artwork on the face of a bookcase that’s carefully styled, with more objects than books.
Worth considering, don’t you think?
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