Vintage oil portraits no longer speak of formality or of ancestral eyes following your every action. Instead, we've been noticing that displaying portrait paintings in unorthodox ways, such as propped up against a wall or in a casual grouping gives the sense of being surrounded by the warmth and security of friends. Here are 10 favorites examples:
Above: A drinks cabinet is the place of honor for a family pet. Image from designer Emily Henderson's portfolio via HGTV.
Above: A frameless portrait of a distinguished gentleman adds a historical note in designer Darryl Carter's updated Colonial bedroom. Image via The Designer's Muse.
Above: Jamie Kidson of Atomic Garden in Oakland, California, fills her Mission-revival home with portraits she has been collecting for many years. To see more, go to House of Spirits: Jamie Kidson's Mission Revival in Oakland. Photograph by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista.
Above: SF Girl by Bay Victoria Smith mixes oil portraits with landscape paintings and color-grouped ceramics in her dining room. Image via SF Girl by Bay.
Above: A pair of midcentury portraits sit on a picture rail in an updated Arts and Crafts house. Image via Toodleson.
For more art in your life, go to The New Art Gallery: Paintings in the Kitchen.