Displaying collections tell your story – what you love, where you’ve been, who you are – and, they can quickly become a chaotic mess. But you can display collections in style! Here are 6 easy steps on how to display your collections. The following tips will have your prized possessions taking center stage in no time.
- GROUP OBJECTS BY THEME
Grouping objects by theme, a common element (E.g. color or style), or subject matter helps to connect them. If your collection is bigger than your space, pull out your favorites to display, box up the rest, and rotate them every few months.
- CREATE A GALLERY WALL
Use that wall space! You have empty canvases throughout your home. Don’t waste the real estate. For example, whether you collect crosses, plates or cutting boards, display your favorite collections by hanging them on a wall. You can also stagger each item according to size and subject matter.
- SHELVES, CABINETS, BUILT-INS
With little nooks throughout the grid, built-ins and cabinets are a great way to display your collections! Displaying collections on a shelf, paint the back wall a contrast color to bring more attention to your collection. If your items are mostly solid colors try adding pattern behind them to add more visual interest.
Display old glass bottles, glass perfume bottles on a deep window sill or on a shelf in front of a window and see your collection sparkle! In addition, think about the horizon. Create visual triangles at varying heights so your eye travels from item to item.
- MAGNETIC ART
Whether it’s a vacation trinket, your veterinarian’s emergency information or your child’s artwork, magnets are everywhere! Don’t cringe every time you open the refrigerator door. Even magnets can transition into a fun artistic element. Take back your fridge, and give those magnets a home! Sheet metal can turn mismatched magnets into a piece of art. Keep it simple with a strip of sheet metal or spice it up and have it cut into a shape, for instance the United States, and showcase your travels.
- SEE THROUGH
Whether you’re showing off shells from the beach, vintage dice, or your collection of wine corks, glass jars and lanterns offer great storage and beauty. There are so many shapes and sizes to choose from. Get creative and turn your favorite collection into a focal point.
- FRAME IT
Lastly, display small items like shells, buttons or jewelry inside a frame. Or, hang old metal keys inside an open back frame (You can just remove the glass and back from a frame you already have too!). For those precious mementos, or fragile items like clothing and printed material, protect and display in a shadow box!
These are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing, however the possibilities are endless. Tell us about your displayed collections or which tip you’ll try to create your visual masterpiece!
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