Tips to Layering Wall Art

Tips to Layering Wall Art

I love to layer various kinds of art and architectural pieces to create one of a kind wall art.  Layering wall art is a great way to add depth and interest to your walls. It can create unique spaces in your home, and transform a wall from blah to beautiful.  Here are a few tips to layering wall art in your home.

These are a few of my favorite walls in my home that I have used layering wall art to create unique spaces. I will share the items that I used and how I hung each piece.

Combine architecture, greenery, art, signs.  

Guest Room Wall Decor

  • old window pane – The Findery
  • wooden word “grace” cutout – The Findery
  • foam flower wall decor – Hobby Lobby
  • eucalyptus greenery swag – Hobby Lobby

To hang the window, I installed large eye bolts drilled into the top of the window frame which made it easy to hang onto screws drilled into the wall.  I used clear push pins placed into the window frame to hold the word in place. The flowers come with a loop attached to the back so I used the loops and push pins to attach the flowers to the window.  I cut a swag of greenery in two pieces and tucked it around the flowers using push pins to hold.

Back of foam flower
Greenery can be cut to size











Layer Wall Art in Gallery Walls

Tween Room Gallery Wall

For gallery walls, I lay everything on the floor to get an idea of where each item will go.  I drilled the picture frame directly into the wall and used regular nails to hang the canvas wall art.  To create depth, I layered the framed print and reclaimed wood heart directly onto the picture frame by drilling a screw into the frame. You could use thumb tacks depending on the size of the art or drill a wood block like a 2×4 on the wall to make prints stand out. The wall decals stick right onto the wall and are a great base layer to create interest on a wall.


Layering Wall Decor works on Furniture too! 

Living Room Mail Sorter

Layering decor is not limited to the walls!  I layered a wreath, and metal crates filled with vintage books and faux florals onto this vintage mail sorter. I have even hung prints on it! Simple thumb tacks have held everything in place, but tack nails will work for heavier items.  Because the cubbies offer an additional texture to this space, it is fun to layer in decor to soften this piece.  If you have built ins or bookshelves, consider hanging a small artwork onto the seams of the shelves. 3m hooks are an alternative if you have builtins and don’t want to add holes.


Wall treatments are a great backdrop.

Living Room Mantle Decor 

The DIY planked wall panel was one of the first pieces that my husband and I built for this home.  It is one of my favorite places to decorate for the holidays and acts as a great backdrop.  The wall panel is made from 1x3s drilled together with two boards perpendicular placed on the back.  It is not drilled into the wall, so I can remove it if I want.  I used a variety of painting techniques to achieve the looks of distressed boards.  I usually use push pins or small nails to hold artwork in place.  Sometimes I tap nails into the top of the wood panel to hold greenery.

Architectural finds are great to layer artwork.

Formal Living Room Wall Decor

  • Decorative arches – Kirklands
  • Artwork on canvas

This wall is very tall, so I need something to make a statement.  Simple artwork will not always do, so layering artwork over an architectural pieces creates more of a ‘wow factor.’  I layered botanical prints on burlap canvas onto these vintage inspired gates.  The gates are nailed into the wall and simple ‘s hooks’ allow additional artwork to hang on the metal gates.  Smaller ‘s hooks’ work great for hanging wreaths onto cabinet doors, too!

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  1. I just love layering everything. Love the tips you shared with us. The guest bedroom wall is so pretty. Love the window frame, flowers, wording and greenery. Very pretty Amy.

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