No traditional art? No problem. Artwork doesn’t have to be traditional, like a painted canvas. If you’re looking for alternatives, here are some tips.


Frame interesting mixed-media elements, such as paper.

Use black-and-white photography.

Consider artwork that makes a statement, such as an unusual or interesting print or image.

Use mirrors, especially in smaller spaces. Mirrors can be a low-cost alternative.

Use oversized prints to make a bold and dramatic decor statement.


Mix personal photos with artwork. Instead, place personal photos in special areas, and have specific walls designated for artwork.

Mix too many pieces of artwork in the same room. It’s best to choose a color palette for a space and select complementary artwork.

Forget that black and white are colors — and great to use in a space.

Use artwork that is too large or too small in a particular space. Be sure to use artwork of appropriate size and scale.

Hang artwork too high or too low. The proper height is eye level, about 5 feet from the floor to the center of the piece of art.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is a TV host and interior design and home-staging expert.