Are you a collector? One of the best ways to really establish a unique look
to any home is through the displaying of collectibles. For those who are
committed, have the knowledge about what they are collecting and who use good
self control, displaying your treasures can be very rewarding and attractive.
The mistake most people make who build collections is that they want to
display everything all at one time and in one place. This can be very tedious
and in the end quite boring.
Avoid displaying more than seven items in any one place at one time. It is
just too cumbersome for the eye to take in more than that and you defeat your
purpose that way. If you can't bear putting some things away to be displayed at
another time, then at least find somewhere else to display them - not all in one
Look for surprising ways to highlight the most special ones, such as placing
a beautiful crystal bowl on a pedestal instead of in the china cabinet. In
the picture above, this collection of Japanese sumi brushes were hung on a black
asian stand between a candle and a wooden vase. This is a great way to display
several small items without the display becoming too cumbersome.
When placing an object on a stand or against a wall, make sure the background
doesn't take away the attention. You don't want the backdrop to interfere with
the display which can easily happen when it is busy wallpaper. In most cases, a
soft solid color for the background works best. In the photo above, the
figurines were white against an off-white background and would have merely
blended into the background. A round mat on a plate stand placed behind created
contrast and continuity to the grouping and helped to fill the vertical space as
well as the horizontal space.
Consider adding lighting to a display to add shadows for more dramatic
effects. Place the lights in different places until you find the most pleasing
effects. You can place the lights above, below or to the side or behind the
Any part of your collectibles that have real value should be displayed behind
glass doors for protection. This discourages well-meaning but clumsy friends
from touching them and keeps children away from them too. It will also cut down
on dust and dirt from causing any damage.
For more detailed training on how to professional arrange your collectibles, general
accessories, art, plants, furniture - the whole nine yards - get your copy today of my
ebook called, Decor Secrets Revealed. It is 25 chapters devoted
strictly to the subject of professional arrangement concepts. There are over 350 color photographs and plenty of detailed explanations so that
you'll always know exactly how best to arrange any room in your home.
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