Designer Shannon Claire Smith transformed a dated looking mirror wall with a bit of millwork and, of course, a piece of art. “The wall was floor to ceiling mirror—it felt almost like you were in a workout studio or a club that I’m sure someone thought was very groovy back in the day,” Smith says of her former Washington, DC, apartment. In an effort to make the space appear more sophisticated, Smith added paneling directly on top of the mirror using construction adhesive. The adhesive also came in handy when it was time to install the artwork. “I couldn’t use a nail or anything that would break the mirror,” Smith says.
3. Attach art to a folding door
“I’ve always loved hanging art in unexpected places: In front of bookshelves, on doors, et cetera,” Washington, DC, artist Josh Young says. Upon sourcing a large, vintage folding screen, which sits beside his living room sofa, Young sought to break up the piece’s linear quality. “I hung a simple, understated piece of art in front of it to help layer and add an interest point to the overall vignette,” Young explains. All he needed to do so was picture wire and hooks. “It feels unexpected, which catches your eye, but it’s intentional at the same time, which I love,” Young says.