Using Collections in Your Home Decor

Regardless of if you put them on display in cabinets, shelves or throughout a room, collections are a definite head-turner.
Using Collections in Your Home Decor

Last update: 04 September, 2019

In the world of decor, collections can vary just as much as the stories behind them, giving each one a special charm. You can enhance your home decor with a collection and showcasing it in a beautiful way.

Maybe you’ve walked into somebody’s home to find an intriguing collection. The way that collections are set up has a lot to say about a particular interest and it reflects a part of who the owner is.

The concept of starting collections

If you think of a collection, you might start thinking of a set of items in a display cabinet in a living room. But that’s not the only place or way to showcase a collection. You can also find them in home entrance ways or throughout a home.

In addition, collections don’t necessarily have to be a large set of items. More often than not, there are only a few pieces and they’re not obvious to the onlooker. Furthermore, we have to set the record straight: collections don’t have to comprise of the same kind of objects.

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A bottle collection can focus on the glass material, allowing for different bottle shapes, sizes, etc. It’s the same case for simpler objects such as paintings. You can collect art that portrays different scenes but all in the same style.

On the other hand, collections can also center around gathering items that look the same. Coins or keys are good examples of such collections. You can have any kind of collection you want.


Consider these aspects first for a stunning collection

1. Quantity and placement

The number of objects you have in your collection will greatly influence where you can showcase them. Organizing a small collection is very different from organizing a bigger one.

If you have a small collection, you can arrange them easily in a single area such as a coffee table or bookshelf. Arranging them in empty spaces will help highlight each individual piece and its special qualities even more.

On the other hand, if you have a big collection you should try keeping things together.

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2. Time period

Generally speaking, most collections reflect a certain time period. Why is this important? Your collection will offer a certain decor style depending on the time period it comes from.

For example, a set of antique keys will help reinforce a vintage or rustic setting. Meanwhile, a collection of smooth, simple glass jars will create a timeless setting.

Collections can also include a mixture of pieces from different time periods. A great example of mixed collections are books, souvenirs, heirlooms, stamps, and family pictures.

3. Contrast

If you want your collection to shine, you have to create some contrast between the pieces and the area surrounding them. Create a good balance and build on the harmony of your home decor. By creating contrast, you can ensure that the display cabinet or shelf won’t hide or dull your objects. To give you an idea, a collection of porcelain or ceramic pieces will look beautiful on a wooden shelf.

But not all cases call for contrast. If you want to create a posh setting, setting up crystal or glass figurines like Swarovski pieces in a glass cabinet is a popular idea. Both your collection and the cabinet will become a strong focal point of your room.

Check out these ideas

collections ideas
  • Wooden display boxes have plenty of different compartments with glass tops. They’re perfect for showing off small objects on a table. Give them a try.
  • In your bathroom, try setting up a collection of soaps or bath salts in one or various glass jars. You can also think about displaying shells, sand-filled jars or other sea-themed souvenirs.
  • For a children’s roomput up a small shelf to display figurines. Remember that collections aren’t everyday toys. You should take extra care to set them up just right.
  • If you have some crystals or minerals, use them to embellish any corner of your home and to add an extra natural touch to your decor.
  • Gather different objects or accessories that are of the same color. These sorts of collections have amazing dynamism, making them a visual treat.
  • Heirlooms can add something special to your furniture and walls, so don’t hesitate to use them in your decor.

Lastly, remember that if you have children, make sure you take additional measures to keep your collections safe.

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