One of the most common home decorator issues is how to display treasures. Whether it’s wall art, a collection on a coffee table, awkward spaces or just ‘too much stuff’, there is a solution to suit you. When displaying treasures, think of the basic design principles of shape and balance.
A well-designed collection will have:
– elements of unification such as colour, shape, and texture
i.e. objects are different but all blue, or, objects that are different hues of the same colour
i.e. all objects are oval or square but different colours
i.e. all objects are wooden, metallic, woollen, glass, ceramic, etc.
– visual balance such as size
When displaying small items, avoid placing them on a giant dresser where they will get ‘lost’. Similarly, visual balance will be ‘off’ if you hang a small picture on an oversized wall. Always try to balance the size of the objects in your collection with the furniture and room in which they are displayed.
Another tip for flat surfaces is to visualize a pyramid. Large items go at the back and smaller items go towards the front or side. You can also create a visual pyramid using books, to elevate objects and create different levels.
I am a big fan of the flexibility that flat, floating shelves provide for displaying wall art. A key to looking stylish is to display artworks that have a cohesive element, such as all black frames, all square, or some other defining similarity.
Perhaps you are eclectic with treasures, so don’t own ‘collections’ as such. Create cohesion and delineation by painting the back of a bookcase in a bright or metallic colour. The single colour and boundaries of the bookcase will bring cohesion to an assortment of different objects.
If you have the luxury of designing a purpose built space, uniform alcoves with downlighting are perfect for displaying eclectic objects of a similar size.
COFFEE TABLE COLLECTIONS
Every home is bound to have an awkward corner or two; whether it’s near windows, under stairs, on a landing or in a passageway. Awkward spaces can be handled with the same display rules of colour, shape and texture with the necessary adjustments for the space. For example, Cindi Carter has used a variety of objects but all are either metallic or brown, thus being visually organized.
If you have a curved space, well then you just have to go with the flow! A round wine table fits perfectly and the addition of a chair makes it a flexible reading nook.
Using pegs on a metal wire or bulldog clips on a wooden rail provides flexibility to display the never-ending artworks children desire to bring home. These display methods are also good to brighten up neglected spaces, such as a garage wall.
So there you have it, so many different and creative ways to display your treasures by simply following some basic design principles. HAPPY DECORATING!
Feature image: Chris Dorsey