A Guide to Leaning & Layering

Tidbits and Twine Leaning French Shutters

Leaning French shutters in my dining room

 

I have a real fear of commitment – decorating commitment, that is.  I hesitate to do anything too drastic or too permanent because I tend to change my mind – and my design style – quite often.  As a result, I’ve recently come to realize that there is more wall decor that is leaning in my house than is actually hanging on the wall!  But even if I didn’t have a fear of commitment, I think I’d still lean simply because I like the look of it!

 

 

 

 

 

Leaning your wall decor provides a great deal of flexibility in your design since you can easily change or move it.  Leaning also minimizes damage to your walls and you never have to worry about whether something is level!!  Additionally, sometimes overhead lights or light from windows causes a glare on artwork that can be avoided if the piece is leaning instead.

Leaning Office

Bulletin board and artwork leaning in a home office with a leaning mirror in the corner

But beyond the practical, leaning is also a less formal way of display objects in your home, which lends itself to my personal favorite decorating style, Casual Elegance.  Leaning allows you to layer art and/or mirrors into groupings that add dimension yet take up less space than if you had to hang them on the wall.  Plus, leaning adds a great deal of interest in a vignette!

Frames leaning on nightstand  - Jessica Bennett Interiors

Layered vingettes on the nightstands

Additional tips and tidbits:

  • Leaning works with all types of wall decor, from art, to mirrors to architectural elements, like shutters or even salvaged doors.
  • Try leaning on your mantel, sofa table, entryway table, bookshelves or for large items, even on the floor.
  • Leaning is a great option for renters since it doesn’t require anything permanent.
  • If you have a heavy object that is leaning and small kids in the home, you should consider doing a combination of leaning and wall mounted, where you attach the object to the wall at the top, with the bottom resting on a flat surface.
  • When leaning mirrors, always check what is being reflected in the mirror since the reflection essentially becomes the “art” in a mirror.
  • When layering your leaning objects, always put the largest object in the back, working forward with smaller objects.
  • Also when layering, slightly overlap one object to the next so that they feel like a cohesive unit, while still ensuring that each item is still visible.
  • When leaning something on a slick surface, put something underneath the frame of the wall art to keep it from slipping.  I like to use a small piece of rubber drawer liner because it keeps the object from slipping without damaging any of the surfaces.
Leaning Mirrors

Three leaning layers

 

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