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MASTERING THE ART OF DISPLAY - CURATING COLLECTIONS

Your home is a reflection of your unique personality, and what better way to showcase your individuality than through curated collections? Whether you're passionate about vintage glassware, books, artwork, or any other cherished items, mastering the art of display can transform your collections into captivating focal points within your home. So today, I wanted to give you some tips and tricks to help you curate and display your collections with style.


CURATING A COHESIVE COLLECTION


The first step in creating an impressive display is curating a collection that tells a cohesive story. Select items that share a common theme, whether it's a particular era, color palette, or subject matter. For example, if you love collecting vintage books, focus on acquiring pieces from a specific time period or in a particular style. This thematic approach will help create a harmonious and visually pleasing arrangement.


FINDING THE PERFECT DISPLAY SPACE


Consider the space where you plan to showcase your collection. It could be a dedicated shelf, a wall-mounted display case, or even a prominent tabletop. Assess the size, shape, and lighting of the area to determine the most suitable display option. Ensure that the chosen space provides enough room to arrange your items without overwhelming the surroundings.


CREATING A FOCAL POINT


Every collection deserves a focal point that draws attention and serves as the centerpiece of the display. Select a standout piece or a visually striking arrangement to anchor your collection. For example, if you're curating a collection of antique cameras, place a rare or particularly beautiful camera in the center, surrounded by complementary pieces.


EMPHASIZING VARIETY


While curating a cohesive collection is essential, adding variety within that theme adds visual interest and prevents monotony. Incorporate items of different shapes, sizes, and textures to create depth and dimension. For instance, if you're curating a collection of seashells, mix larger specimens with smaller ones, display shells of various colors and patterns, and intersperse them with natural elements like driftwood or coral.



BALANCING NEGATIVE SPACE


Negative space is as important as the objects themselves when it comes to creating a visually appealing display. Allow for some breathing room between items to avoid overcrowding. This empty space provides visual relief, allows each piece to shine individually, and contributes to an overall sense of balance and harmony.


ROTATING AND REFRESHING


Collections are dynamic and evolving, so don't hesitate to rotate or refresh your displays periodically. Switch out items, introduce new additions, or create themed displays based on seasons or special occasions. This not only keeps your displays fresh and exciting but also allows you to showcase different aspects of your collection over time.


Remember, curating and displaying collections is an art form that allows you to share your stories, interests, and memories with others. Take the time to thoughtfully arrange your items, paying attention to details such as color, texture, and composition.



So, go ahead and explore your passions, curate your collections, and let your creativity shine. With the art of display mastered, you'll have the power to transform any space into a gallery-like showcase of your cherished items. Enjoy the process and revel in the joy of creating visually stunning displays that reflect your unique style and personality.


If you would like more design tips, you can check out our book, Patina Style! We would love to help you design a life you love.


If you have any questions about the art of display, please leave them in the comments! I would also love to hear what you are collecting!


xx

Brooke





5 Comments


I am always inspired by your suggestions and photographs. They renew my love of belongings in my home which have beauty and history. One is often influenced by more stark designs such that I question keeping certain of my things . You offer ideas how to style them with elegance . Thank you! It was a joy meeting you in your shop in April.

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Jul 07, 2023

I love the trees wallpaper! Source?

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It is a mural by Maria Trimbell, but she is coming out with wallpaper soon! http://www.mariatrimbell.com/wallpaper

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Guest
Jul 07, 2023

Thank you for such good and succinct tips. I am going to replace the pieces of china in my china cabinet with a collection of white iron ware.

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Guest
Jul 06, 2023

Beautiful vignettes! Can't wait to visit your shop later September!

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