Handyman Decor: 8 Ways to Decorate with Tools

Brancusi did it best: tools as sculpture (as a child, he learned to carve wooden farm tools, and later, in his Paris atelier, he lined his wall with the tools of his trade). Here are eight examples of interiors featuring implements as wall art.

Above: An axe and bicycle parts as decor; via Atelier 688 in Toronto.

Above: An arrangement of vintage scissors at Amsterdam cafe Sla.

Above: The workshop of Brooklyn-based Ariele Alesko.

Above: Hammers over a workstation; via Something Borrowed.

Above: VIntage pulleys at the Salt House Inn in Provincetown.

Above: A well-organized jewelry-making setup in the home of Kim Victoria Wearne and Stuart Beer in Melbourne; via The Design Files.

Above: A vintage saw as desk decor, along with an enamel steel sign bearing a Benjamin Franklin sentiment; via Best Made.

Above: Brancusi’s atelier in Paris; via Maria Moyer.

For more tool inspiration, and some readymade collections, see Art from Everyday Objects: East Market Street Antiques.


Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe2 years ago

This might work for these people, but our tools belong in the garage or in the basement.

Past Member
dee j.3 years ago

I don't know, I see a lot of negative comments here, but I kind of like the eclectic look of some of these. it may not be your traditional style of decor, but I think it provides a kind of nostalgic look to an area. I would even be tempted to add an empty black painted,elongated frame around the vintage scissors in the second photo.

Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you Remodelista :) But I had my own shop selling tools, and I know first hand how to decorate the whole planet :)

Judy Apelis
Judy A.3 years ago

Thank you!

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago

Love some of these!

Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado3 years ago

I think these ideas work nicely in a country home or cottage! Thanks

Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Different; not my idea of decor though.

Ken W.
Ken W.3 years ago

Why when I look at some of these walls do I keep thinking about Hannibal Lecter ------ just saying !!!!!!!????????????????????????????

Lynn C.
Lynn C.3 years ago


Kate S.
Kate S.3 years ago

I think tools used for decoration is a great way to show some sense of style and appreciation for the skill it takes to use those tools! We live in a log cabin and have started to decorate with some great family heirloom tools. (Quite a few actually that you just don't see around anymore with the advent of power tools!) I think it's all about how they are exhibited too that "makes it or breaks it".