Off the Wall: Unusual Art

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Adding art can be one of those conundrums that stop you in your tracks, but it’s no secret that since art—like beauty—is in the eye of the beholder, it’s the perfect way to showcase your personality in your home. Let’s take a look at some of the ways this has been accomplished using unexpected items and objects as art and self-expression.

Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself
Image: The New Victorian Ruralist

Simple, isn’t it? The idea of taking a scan of your own hand, framing it, and setting it on the mantle with a few favorite objects is an unusual and compelling—but simple—solution for creating art that speaks volumes.

Think Different

Think Different
Images: (Left) Design Hazards ; (Right) Remodelista

Who says a gun target or a map isn’t art? These both look great and are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to repurposing items that you might not typically think of as being art. The more out there the items, the more they show who you are—just remember to be sure they are something that resonates for you.

3D

3D Art
Image: Mattson Creative

We’ve all seen letters or signage used as art, but what about those other components of signs, like this arrow? There’s no arguing that it’s a show-stopper addition to the space. And all it took was thinking that it might just look cool…

Horse Around

Horse Around Room
Image: Andrea Bakacs Photography

There’s a lot to take in with this space, but it’s impossible to ignore that huge horse statue. That’s not something you’re going to run into at the neighbor’s house, right? So what is that thing you’re passionate about that you can find a place for at home? I’ve seen bicycles, motorcycles, guitars… all kinds of personal projects and equipment used to create amazing personality when used as art.

What unusual items do you have as art pieces in your home?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.