Published on June 24, 2020

Somewhere in between rearranging the furniture and baking bread from scratch, many of us started buying art as a way to pass the time during quarantine. Etsy can attest: The company has seen a 94 percent increase in searches for wall decor (mainly paintings and illustrations) in the past three months, compared to the same time last year. It looks like gallery walls are the latest self-isolation craze. 

There are more than 8 million items in Etsy’s art and collectibles category, so to take the mystery out of the buying process, the brand just launched a new augmented-reality feature on its app that allows users to virtually test out any piece of wall decor from the platform in their home. Still, the tricky part is hanging your new purchases once they arrive (all that measuring, leveling, and nailing can be a major time suck). So we pulled together three low-maintenance ideas that allow you to get your latest works up ASAP. 

Grab an Easel

 

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Sure, you can lean your new works against a wall, but take the casual-cool look one step further by slipping them onto easels instead. Psst: They’re the perfect tool for displaying large oil paintings that you don’t want to get damaged. (Also, they give off the impression that you were the one who made them.)

Fake the Frames

 

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Like to buy your art in bulk? Mapping out a gallery can be tedious work, so simplify the process by tacking up your pieces and adding faux frames made of washi tape. If you make a mistake, just start over—no Spackle necessary. 

Mood Board It

 

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Designer Leanne Ford is a big proponent of free-form collages made up of love notes, Polaroids, and artwork (she created one for her former guest bedroom and for her daughter Ever’s first nursery). It’s an extremely personal way to display small treasures and mementos, but more important, it’s instantly gratifying.  

It’s hammer time: Follow @reno_notebook for easy rental updates, clever DIYs, and tips to nail your next project.

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