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.


Clare O
Clare O2 months ago

I do not like the axe and fake deer as they look violent.

Clare O
Clare O2 months ago

Tools are sharp and kids will want to play with them and break things with hammers.

Mike R
Mike R2 months ago

I'll keep mine in the garage. Thanks

Justin M
Justin M2 months ago


Sue H
Sue H2 months ago

Thanks for sharing but I'll keep mine in their tool box.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe4 years ago

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

Past Member
dee j5 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 5 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 A5 years ago

Thank you!

Val M.
Val M5 years ago

Love some of these!