Kiss goodbye to bland walls with these very simple hacks on how to hang pictures without nails.
When you live in a rented home, one of the dullest things you could possibly do is to leave all your walls bland and boring, because you are so scared of alienating your landlord and breaking your lease agreement after months of house hunting.
Thankfully, nowadays there are so many creative ways to upgrade your rental without hurting your security deposit. One of the best and most affordable options is to hang pictures without nails in such a way that it infuses personality into your space, and it helps create an inviting atmosphere that genuinely makes you feel at home.
Long gone are the days when you just had to endure living in a charmless looking rental apartment, tucking all your beautiful artwork away, because your lease says “no nail”on the walls. Here are some no nail, no fail options for you to explore to make hanging pictures in your rented home feel like a breeze.
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1. Command strips
Command strips are very affordable and user friendly ways to hang up your artwork without leaving any mark on the walls. The picture hanging strips come in different sizes to easily hold up canvases, picture frames, and decorative accessories of various shapes, sizes and weights.
Depending on your picture frame, shape and size, feel free to use as many Command strips on the back of your artwork and on your walls to properly stabilise it and achieve a smooth and gap free finish between the wall and your picture.
2. Command hooks
Another very popular and affordable way for you to hang pictures without using nails on your walls is to opt for Command hooks for slightly heavier wall art such as a vintage canvas or an antique mirror. Both the Designer hooks and the Utility hooks (which are great for the kitchen and bathroom) can comfortably accommodate pictures and decorative accessories weighing up to 3.5 kg. When using Command hooks, your wall art will be exhibited like an art gallery piece, because the hooks are slightly protruded from the wall, revealing a small gap.
3. Lean your picture on the wall
Your vintage floor-to-ceiling mirror or large canvases will look great leaning on the wall, whilst resting on the floor in your bedroom or living room, or simply next to a gorgeous chair, thus making a high impact with minimal fuss.
Make use of your sideboards, chests of drawers, and your console tables to beautifully display your pictures alongside other decorative objects in a way that showcases your artistic spirit and exquisite taste. Let your imagination flow.
4. Showcase your picture on an easel
If you cannot mount your artwork on a wall, give an easel or a pedestal a try, especially if you have a bit of space in your rented accommodation and a statement art piece that you want to turn into a focal point for one of your rooms. Choose a sturdy easel, ideally of a wood texture with an elegant and easily blendable finish and an adjustable height that accommodates canvases of different types, shapes and sizes. Enjoy showcasing different art pieces all year round, depending on your room colour scheme.
5. Use space in display units
Showcase your gorgeous pictures on bookshelves, display cabinets, standing shelf units, and corner shelf units alongside your favourite plants, books, vases, lamps and accessories to maximise your use of space.
Make room for some of your favourite picture frames to be displayed on empty shelves or in-between books and other decorative objects in an eye-catchy style that helps deliver a cohesive decor style in your space.
6. Make use of your mantle
Not all homes have a mantle. However, for those who live in a rental apartment or a house with a fireplace, the mantle is an ideal space for you to capitalise on. Forget about your granny trinkets thrown away haphazardly on the fireplace to take up space. Use your mantle instead to stylishly display arresting framed pictures, canvases, or photographs that will elevate the mood in your space. Be bold and creative.
7. Use a picture rail moulding
Picture rail moulding is another feature that does not exist in many modern looking homes nowadays, unless you live in a modernised country home or a rather dated or old style rental property. However, if you happen to have picture rail moulding in your rental apartment, this is an excellent way for you to hang pictures with no need to make holes on your walls.
Essentially, picture rails were created around the early 1900s to make it easier to hang pictures without nails, using moveable picture rail hooks. Rail hooks can hold up to 11.3 kg of art piece, whilst heavier items require you to use two hooks to hang them properly, ensuring picture stability.
Traditionally, picture rail molding tends to be placed closer to the ceiling or higher up at the ceiling molding base. With your landlord permission, install a picture rail moulding that you can subsequently paint to match the wall colour scheme of your room.
8. Go for a pegboard
A pegboard is generally used for garage storage in light of its grid of multiple holes that are able to hold a wide variety of hooks to efficiently store tools and keep them close at hand. But increasingly, creative DIY homeowners have been using this versatile board indoors for all types of projects. One of the most interesting ways you can use a pegboard, which is available in a variety of colours and sizes, is to create a customised gallery wall that is easy to arrange, using the existing holes that are found on the flat panel. Mix and match your pictures with decorative lights and an artificial garland to create a more interesting decor style.
9. Use a home friendly cork board
A cork board is a framed section of cork, a material from the cork oak tree found in the Mediterranean, that is surrounded with wood or plastic to maintain its strength and stability.
Traditionally, a cork board is used as a bulletin or memo board, because of the resilient nature of cork that tends to revert back to its original shape after being penetrated by pins. This is very useful in school, hospital, work or home environments, where information are regularly shared . These boards come in a wide variety of sizes.
Use them to create a gallery wall or display pictures of various sizes alongside other decorative accessories such as dried flowers, natural materials, fabrics and textures that reveal your eclectic yet sophisticated taste. The good thing with a cork board is that you can flexibly change up pictures throughout the year
10. Get creative with clips
Another trick to easily change your pictures during the year with minimal fuss done to your walls is to apply the Command strips directly on the art and on your wall to which you then press either binder clips or office clips to.
For this method, be specific about where each clip should be placed on the wall. Then place your picture in the respective clips. Whenever you want to move your wall art around, just remove the art from its selected spot and put its replacement in.
Do you have any user friendly picture-hanging methods? Share below!