How To Best Display Children’s Artwork In Your Home

Almost everyone that has children also has the dilemma of what to do with all their artwork that they either bring home from school or that they do on their own time at home.   Children are proud of their work and nothing can bring a smile to their faces quicker than a parent proudly displaying their creativity.  To this day I have files in my cabinets of the artwork my children did over the years!  When my kids were young, I felt the need to display their art on the refrigerator so that they knew how proud I was of each new artistic endeavor completed and ready to be displayed for all to see.  Looking back, I remember feeling like my kitchen always looked messy and that at any given time during the day I was straightening, arranging and rearranging the pictures boldly overtaking the front of the fridge.  This might not seem like an issue to some of you, but I was and still am a tad bit on the obsessive side of being a neat freak.  Having the front of my refrigerator crammed with artwork all the time got on my nerves to put it bluntly.  But, I just didn’t see a better way to display their works of art from the heart.

With age comes wisdom or so they say and so clever me, once my children were grown and I wanted to find ways to display their childhood artwork, I finally got smart!  You could say that I also had one of those “if I had known then what I know now” moments for sure.   Instead of on the front and side(s) of the refrigerator, I came up with the idea to display their childhood artwork in other spaces that not only made for Walks down Memory Lane by highlighting years gone by, but also added immensely to my décor.  In fact, I will go a step further and say that this newfound way to display my children’s artwork became an art form in and of itself and piqued the interest of anyone visiting my home – a conversation piece just waiting to happen!  After I met my David and we joined households, our home became forever more a “Brady Bunch” of artwork.  It makes us both happy-sappy to see our children’s early years so beautifully portrayed in our homespace.

Children’s art speaks volumes from what is in their hearts.  I say honor this and display their art in your homespace in ways that make them smile and at the same time that is pleasing to the eye.  Simply choose very specific ways and places to do so.  Here are three of the best ways I have found to achieve this in my own homespace:

  • In the Laundry Room/Mudroom
  • On Bookshelves
  • In the garage

In the Laundry Room/Mudroom

Addison and Austin’s special art

Addison and Austin’s special art

Being a utilitarian space, most of us forget to decorate our laundry rooms and mudrooms. Yet, much of our time is spent in both spaces.  Years back I decided to frame selected pieces of my children’s early art in floating acrylic frames.  This was easy to do myself and very affordable.  You can do this for yourself by going to retailers such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  Simply choose appropriate size frames for your artwork.  (By the way, using this type of frame gives you the flexibility of changing out the artwork over the years as your children age.)  Another way to display children’s art is on a corkboard that you can continue to change and update.  I have a handmade, hand-painted corkboard that traveled with us from Charlotte to Chicago.  In fact, I had the movers literally pack the corkboard exactly as it was so that once I unpacked it I had an instant connection to Charlotte.  You see we have our step-grandchildren’s works of art on it that they have made especially for David and me.  Addison and Austin’s art from the heart is the first thing we see when we enter our home from the garage.  By the way, I cannot wait to add our precious granddaughter, Ansley’s first piece of artwork on it once she draws something for us!  Talk about a love connection…

Gavin and Logan O’Connell’s Artwork on an old door

Gavin and Logan O’Connell’s Artwork on an old door

Here’s another example – one of my fave niece’s, (OK, so all my nieces and nephews- all 20 or so of them – are my faves) Jackie O’Connell has a brilliant way she displays Gavin and Logan’s artwork in the mudroom.  She has an old door hanging on one wall that she puts all their artwork on.  Jackie and Scott’s mudroom is the entry into their home from the garage where the kids put their book bags and shoes each day.  What a wonderful way to start and end the day viewing such personal art from the heart!  Plus, displaying their work this way makes things neat and tidy all around!

On Bookshelves

I am a lover of books so no matter where I live I make sure I have plenty of bookshelves for my books whether they are built-in or freestanding.  For example, when David and I moved to Chicago our home had a wonderfully large bonus room that I turned into a home office.  On one long wall I have placed bookcases from IKEA – inexpensive but classy looking – and mixed in the books I have arranged bits and pieces of our children’s artwork.  What fun to see these pieces of art from the heart each and every day I work at home.  Nothing could be better if you ask me!

Jimmy Aliff’s self-portrait

Jimmy Aliff’s self-portrait

In the Garage

The Blake Family Laundry Room

The Blake Family Art

I love to decorate all spaces in my home and I recommend to my clients that they do the same thing.  The garage is a great place to display works of art as well as sports pictures of your children through the years.  In the garage I tend to keep to the outdoor theme regardless of what pieces of my children’s art or childhood history I hang.  Whatever you do in this space, make it family-friendly and also make it a wonderful greeting to you as you enter your home and sanctuary away from the daily grind.

Regardless of where you display your children’s precious artwork  ~ true art from the heart ~ give it what it deserves.  Give it a place of recognition.  Furthermore, let it become part of your décor in a way that beckons others to look at it, marvel over it and make them want to head home to make space in their place for their own children’s works of art.

To children and their endless ability to love…

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About Jamie Balzer

Jamie has worked in the field of interior decorating for over 10 years and has owned B&A Interiors, LLC for almost as long. Partnered with her daughter, Sammi Blake, Jamie has been honored to work in homes and businesses across the country. Knowledge and experience is but part of what she has to offer. As a young girl, Jamie intuitively understood that the placement of things, the color of things, and the arrangement of things evoke certain feelings. Working together with this knowledge, experience and intuition Jamie has answered the call to her life’s purpose- teaching the spiritual truth of what she believes- “Everything begins in the home”. As a branch of B&A Interiors, LLC, Living In Perfect Harmony emerged to teach her philosophy. Jamie believes, “if you live peacefully and beautifully at home, you are well, your family is well and that helps to make the world a better place”. Jamie's most passionate role is as a mother and grandmother. Jamie currently lives and works in the Chicago area but also continues her business in Charlotte, NC as both a decorator and a homespace coach. She is certified in Reiki Therapy which she believes broadens her success as a homespace coach. Jamie is available for private consultations, lectures and seminars.

6 thoughts on “How To Best Display Children’s Artwork In Your Home

  1. Jamie I too love children’s art work. I took a walk through my house and was amazed at all the pieces I do have. I have origami, paintings, paper sculptures, clay animals, coasters, paper mâché bird, ornaments, candles, etc. One particularly colorful heart picture (with lots of glitter) I framed between two pieces of glass and it serves as a stained glass window hanging. Right now I am working on what to do with old photos want to avoid 100′s of framed ones everywhere.
    Joy Stark

    • Joy, I love the interesting array of children’s artwork you have in your homespace. Sitting on my nightstand is a paper stained-glass Easter card my step-grandson, Austin made me. Also on my nightstand is a clay bell that my oldest son, Benjamin made me in elementary school, many years ago. These pieces of “art from the heart” are ways for me to connect with them in my most private domain- my bedroom. Every night turning off the lamp on the table I smile and every morning when I wake I start the day with a smile. And as you enter my kitchen I have a fabulous pencil drawing my daughter, Sammi did for me when she was 14. To this day it is one of my favorite pieces of art hanging in my home. I believe that it is in the displaying of intimate possessions we have such as things our children and grandchildren have made for us that gives our homes the best feeling of warmth we can find. Love the colorful heart picture you mention as well. Such a potent love connection! Have a wonderful, blissful day.

  2. Thanks for the great ideas! I’ve been holding onto an old white wooden cabinet door I found on the side of the road, while visiting my in-laws. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but there was something about it that I couldn’t let go. I also found a wooden step stool in the same pile that day, that is currently in the bathroom, the perfect height for helping the kids wash their hands.

    Thanks for the tips!

    • You are so welcome Crystal. I know you will get creative with your reclaimed cabinet door you found on the side of the road. You are the queen of creativity so I cannot wait to see what you come up with. Found things we use in our home decor always have the best stories attached to them that we can share with others. Enjoy this one that your cabinet door will provide for you! Have a wonderfully blissful day!

  3. Marli just sent us a finger painting from baby Henry (6 months old). They put the children at a table that has attached sits. The picture is on blue paper with white paint that Henry played with, with his hands. When Jim saw it he said this looks like a musical instrument. Jim was upset that Marli folded it, he wants to frame it.

    • What joy that little Henry is already doing artwork! This makes me think creatively myself- what fun it would be to have a collage of his work in an acrylic frame that you can change out as he ages. Placed somewhere in your home, he would be “drawn” to it every time he comes for a visit. In fact, you should make a wall in your upstairs bonus room (since it doubles as a playroom for the grandkids) of artfully arranged selections of each of the grandkids art from the heart. What a conversation piece that would be! And, if you do their art in inexpensive acrylic frames, your wall will be ever-changing just as they change! A wall of art from the heart ~ nothing’s better…

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