How to Display Art Without Walls

There’s a method to displaying art on your walls, and luckily, one can easily find quite a bit of amazing guidance online. However, if you want to avoid the clichés, or are limited in what you can do with walls—we’re here to help you see how you can make the most out of a freestanding art display.


Sometimes, walls are not the best option. A wall is only ideal for artworks that must be viewed from the front. Sculptures and free-standing objects may require vertical display cases or pedestals. While found objects, small prints, photographs, books and paper-based art are often elegantly mixed together in collages and displayed within or without cases.


Here are some great ideas to free your art display from the tyranny of four walls.

Layer framed art over multi-level risers

Risers create an elegant art display of framed designs, prints and photographs and in a manner that makes it easy to move the elements around and interchange them from time to time, so it keeps your art display fresh. Beautifully crafted, highly durable risers are available in clear acrylic, black and mirrored finishes, and in several designs and sizes to provide many creative combinations.


Use shelves for your art display

Make your wall a huge, artistic statement with art ledges, filled with framed art that disappears down to the floor. You can easily create this type of art display by placing these sleek and modern folding A-frame shelves against a wall, each with 4 removable shelves and finishes in wooden colors like hunter green, cherry, black and oak. Or highlight the open design of these shelves by placing them as stand-alone elements, allowing displayed art to be viewed at 360 degrees. Another option would be to use versatile acrylic display shelf units, which are a cinch to assemble and can be stacked together or separately as individual art displays.


Make a mix of materials and objects

Consider creating an assemblage of different media and materials, which works extremely well for art displays in small areas like on coffee tables. These mixed media vignettes can include collages of books, fresh flowers, framed photographs and art prints, along with custom printed acrylic blocks that add a crackerjack pop of color. Printing on both the first and second surfaces of these display blocks creates an amazing depth that will surely add a multi-dimensional effect to your static art display. The possibilities are truly endless with custom printing, so give it a try!


Elevate your art display on a pedestal

Pedestals are now the go-to accessory when you want to display art without walls. Bases come in styles such as opaque acrylic or wood veneer, and in various colors and finishes. A pedestal will instantly draw attention to anything placed upon it, making it a focus of interest. But remember, the artwork displayed and the pedestal itself should fit together like a single design element. It is recommended that a pedestal’s top should be wider than the widest part of the art on display, and that the base not be so slim as to make some objects look precariously balanced. Also, try to ensure the height of your artwork is at eye level.


View art in display boxes from all sides

You can use perspective and depth to display an object or artwork, and protect it at the same time with a custom, acrylic box case. Acrylic display boxes allow light to suffuse the art and enables 360 degree viewing of the object from all angles. These customizable box displays can be placed on a table, pedestal or even mounted on a wall. They also keep objects safe and dust free. The bases can be customized to best match your artwork, with finishes that range from shatter-free, clear and black acrylic, mirrored and custom colors.


Combine display cases to create a visual experience

The overall design of the space, including the way that display cases are placed together within it, can make or break one’s overall experience of an art display. Tower display cases with doors and floor-standing displays with shelves are effective ways to highlight your art, as long as they do not distract from the overall design aesthetic of your space. Some of the features to decide upon include all glass, wooden or metal frames, lighting, color of base and number of shelves. If frames are chosen, then one has to consider the thickness of the frames for uniformity with the rest of the displays in the room. Another idea is to maximize the use of corners with special displays that take décor to the next level in a unique part of every room.


Think outside of the box when creating your art displays, and don’t be limited by hanging wall art, but instead experiment and try different combinations of objects until things feel right to you. Remember the positioning of pieces of art in a room should express symmetry. Make your entire room a canvas, and create the perfect composition to frame your precious artistic treasures.