This abstract painting is practically as tall as the ceiling, so leaning it against the wall atop the country-looking mantel is a nice juxtaposition.
Instead of centering the larger scaled piece of art of the mantel, the designer here decided to hang it off-center. This allowed for another piece of art to lean against the mantel to the right. The layered effect looks quite sophisticated, and makes the room feel less formal than it would with just one piece of art over the mantel.
These two oversized paintings that clearly go together are simply propped against the wall from the floor, adding to the overall drama of the modern space.
Framed black-and white-photos lean together atop a white bookshelf containing all-white books. By leaning the photographs against the wall, the modern shelf gets a warm, practical appearance.
The picture ledge here allows for these photographs to feel grounded, creating a focal point that complements the bench.
The antique mirror leans against the wall, and then the antique painting leans against the mirror atop a vintage table. Both pieces would feel quite formal if hung properly. Leaning them gives the vignette a casual, country-chic appearance.
If these botanical prints were hung in a straight line on the wall, the arrangement could look generic. Resting them against the ledge makes them feel more authentic and peaceful.
There is no wall space for these two photographs. Propping them up against the window helps give this this daybed a warm, lived-in look.
The modern brass frame which houses this pencil drawing leans against a formal gold-leaf mirror, creating a nice contrast between modern and antique.
A small print rests on the countertop of this galley kitchen, adding just a touch of art without taking away from the practicality of the kitchen's open shelves.
For a whimsical touch, place a small piece of art on the floor, almost so you miss it at first glance. It adds a bit of character without overpowering the room.