There’s a lot to be said for a great collection. Collecting is a satisfying hobby – it’s fun to spend weekends scouring flea markets and hunting down treasures
– and it can also be a fantastic aesthetic addition to any home.
There are lots of ways to display a collection and, obviously, how you arrange it depends on the nature of the collection. But here are a few simple guidelines that apply regardless of what you collect:
1. Consider the collection.
Love vintage fruit advertising? That might work best in the kitchen. Similarly, typewriters could be perfect to accessorize an office. But a number of factors come into play – theme, space, look. Get familiar with your collection before making decisions.
2. Find the right spot.
Think about who visits each room and whether you want your collection to be a centerpiece of your home, or if you’d like to keep it for yourself. That’ll help you decide where to house your collection.
3. Group for color.
When displaying your collection, like colors, or complementary colors, make pleasing groupings.
4. Pay attention to texture.
A mixture of textures is a great aesthetic look. It can be practical, too. Smooth porcelain displayed on velvet-lined shelves is good for the glass and gorgeous, too.
5. Create vignettes based on theme.
Collections don’t have to stick to just one theme – they can also be built around an era, a profession, a sport, or a number of other things. Small vignettes full of different types of objects are great for decoration.
6. Let the design evolve.
Design’s not static – let yourself add and subtract and change over time. Keep it interesting!
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