Here are few tips for displaying your collections on shelves, walls, etc. I'll do a separate post soon about Holiday Displays!
- For the most part, scale objects from largest to smallest, from back to front.
- Maintain a cohesive look by using a theme- either similar items of shape or color.
- Windowsills can double as shelves.
- Add a few items of interest in as well.
- A fluid display can be created by combining round plates and square prints, with a similar theme, in a repeating pattern.
- Display small items on top of pictures and door frames such as architectural elements, keys, etc.
- Look for unused walls in your home such as the staircase or hallway to display family photos, plates or mirrors.
*ADD ACCENTS TO DISPLAYS FOR BALANCE AND INTEREST*
Other Ideas for Displaying Collectibles:
- Use a contrasting backdrop to accentuate objects displayed.
- Fill a large glass container with glass ornaments combined with rocks, shells, or other elements from nature.
- Place a mirror on a flat surface. Then combine a candle garden (a group of candles of different diameters and heights).
- A wagon or baby buggy are creative items to display collections in.
- A very small plate, on a stand, can adore one side of a pedestal sink. Reserve the space on the opposite side for a decorative soap, or soap dish.
- Display vintage clothing on a dressmaker’s stand, or use a hanger to suspend apparel from the stem of a wall sconce. A hat on top of the stand finishes the appearance.
- In a kitchen: a hutch, a baker’s rack, or a desk with shelving above.
- Fireplace mantels are always an obvious location to arrange a display.
- In a room with limited space, place a console table against a wall, position a sofa in front of it, and display a collection on the shelf you’ve created behind.
- Use an armoire, with the doors left open. In addition to placing items on the shelves of the armoire and a Secretary’s desk makes a fine display case in a living room, family room or study.