Beyond The Box: Displaying Collections
Are there blank walls in your home begging for art? Do you have an beautiful space that still needs a bit of a personal touch? Instead of purchasing art, consider artfully displaying a collection of items that you already have.
A collection does not have to be fancy or expensive, it can be anything that you treasure or find beautiful. And, given the right display, it can be a charming addition to any room. With these simple stamps, you can transform any collection into a personalized interior design addition.
Beyond The Box: From Collection To Wall Art
Step 1: Choose a Theme
When selecting pieces you want to display, you should keep an overall theme in mind. Having a theme, even a very loose one, gives shape and unity to your display. For example, a collection could take shape around a certain color, a natural theme, or a particular time period.
Here, the a bold blue unifies a diverse collection of books and photographs (photo: elementsofstyleblog)
Step 2: Consider your scale
Look at the objects in your collection. Are they large or small? Are there many of them or only a very few? Next, look at the wall you are hoping to mount the display on. Is it large and entirely blank? Are there other competing architectural features? Answering these questions will help you determine the scale of your display.
If your collection is made up of small objects, you can create a large display composed of multiple smaller elements, similar to a grouped collection of picture frame. If collection has large objects, choose only a few to mount on display, so as not to be overwhelming.
Here, the small platters becomes a larger work of art when aligned in a neat square. (photo: studiobcreativejuice.blogspot.com)
Step 3: Choose Your Framing
Once you have determined theme and scale, you can choose how to display your collection. A few things to consider:
If your collection is diverse, you might want to choose frames or shelves of similar design and color. This will give the display more unity. If, however, your collection is more uniform, choosing an eclectic mix of frames and shelves could add a nice diversity to the display. Remember to choose display hardware that is in keeping with your overall theme.
Here, simple frames keep the focus on these beautiful and unique cameras. (photo: studioslyter.blogspot.com)
With these simple steps, you are well on your way to a personalized interior design element that will show off what you love most. Collection displays, like any good interior design element, should proudly display your personality and your passion.