Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Art of Display

Grouping similar objects together makes any collection more exciting. Our tips will help to enhance any display. 

Collective Traits

Objects work best together when they share a trait. This collection features vases in both glass and pottery, all in gourd shapes.

Similar Sets

The same goes for this display of veined stone -- the tabletop, lamp base, and figurine -- and wood pieces, grouped into like sets. The frame on the wall shares traits of both.

Hanging Glass

Paintings and photography aren't the only things that can be hung on walls. Here freeform glass bowls are displayed in a hallway.

Exotic Display

African headdresses above a desk make for especially intriguing displays.

Multiple Impact

Just about everything benefits from being hung in multiples. Witness these fish-eye mirrors and soft botanical prints: both would have had less impact hung solo.

Creative Display

The designer of this room made creative use of the molding along the top of the wainscoting: She hung a painting and collection of plates to look as if they're propped on the ledge. The height of the wainscoting makes it work.

Keep It Close

Furnishings and wall hangings can often feel like exactly that: a group of furnishings with a group of wall hangings floating above it. To make everything cohere, this mirror and botanical prints were hung close together and low to the dresser.

Classic Space

Mantels and the wall space above them are classic spots for displaying cherished art and objects, but the mouth of the fireplace is often a missed opportunity. This one contains a porcelain piece that matches those on and above the mantel.

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