By Lindsay Cohn

Published on July 5, 2017

Photography by MARCUS NILSSON

Looking for a unique way to add spruce up bare walls? While framed photos and paintings are a great way to decorate, we love the idea of accessorizing with, well, accessories. If you have a collection of prized chapeaus—from fedoras and bowlers to caps and sun hats—consider turning them into wall art. Added bonus: Displaying your favorite pieces is a great way to save space and stay organized. Here, seven chic ways to decorate with hats.

Photography by jenny bernheim

Fashion Forward

“An office is a sacred place for a blogger,” says Jenny Bernheim, founder of the blog Margo & Me. “It really all comes down to detail.” Colorful frocks, purses, and ​an array of hats accent her sun-drenched office. The result is a functional and fashionable work area that inspires her creativity.

Photography by JENNY GAGE AND TOM BETTERTON

Global Treasures

The secret to designing a soulful living space? “It’s really about going to different places and falling in love with things, and then wanting to bring them back with you. You end up creating an eclectic style that is identifiable as you but doesn’t have a distinctive formula,” says Aurora James, founder and designer of Brother Vellies. Her Brooklyn abode blends one-of-a-kind furnishings, rich textiles, handcrafted hats, and an abundance of leafy plants.

Photography by Michael Wiltbank

Southwestern Minimalism 

Sometimes the hardest part about the decorating process is editing. Robert and Christina Martinez, the husband and wife behind the blog New Darlings, try to live by three design rules: “Keep it natural. Bring things into your home that you absolutely love. Don’t be afraid to show off your personality.” Their minimally-minded Phoenix bedroom borrows elements from Scandinavian and Southwestern design. A handful of hats and a striped woven hamper round out the well-curated, yet relaxed space.

Photography by RAQUEL LANGWORTHY

Modern & Multicultural

In this foyer, dark wood floors, a striking staircase, and an inlay Parson table offer a polished, contemporary feel. African-inspired accents—like hanging Juju hats—reflect the family’s heritage. “They [the couple] wanted their home to feel like them: a unique couple with a multicultural background,” says Susana Simonpietri of Chango & Co.

Photography by MOLLY WINTERS

Monochromatic 

White walls are basically a blank slate. “The monochromatic backdrop lets me bring color in through finishes, rugs and accessories,” says designer Claire Zinnecker. In her bedroom, a collage of hats takes place of a headboard. 

 
Photography by SARAH ELLIOTT

Enchanting Entry

When it comes to apartment living, don’t be afraid to get a little inventive a la Serena Merriman. The entryway of her SoHo pad is at once quirky, inviting, and practical—decorated with a ribbon of hanging roses, a black and white tapestry, a vase of fresh blooms, and a wall-mounted storage hook (perfect for hanging hats and purses).

Photography by AMBER ULMER

Beautifully Bohemian

Free spirit style is front and center in this Nashville crib—which also serves as the headquarters of Casey Freeman and Savannah McNeill’s ethical clothing brand Hey Wanderer—courtesy of booties, hats, and an antler jewelry holder. When it comes to achieving an equally cool mix in your own space, the brand’s co-founders Casey Freeman and Savannah McNeill, recommend designing slowly. “Go out to your favorite thrift stores, flea markets, antique stores, etc., and buy a few pieces that you love.”

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