Now that all the holiday decorations are taken down, it’s time to freshen up the house. If you’re anything like me, you have to pack away a few things to make room for Christmas decorations. In January you can start fresh. Bring back your collections, only this time put them out in a different way.
There are a few simple secrets to creating a beautifully-styled shelf, mantle or table top.
Secret #1: Collections on display do not have to be the same or even similar items. Find a common theme that links each to the other.
I have a tall shelf that I change frequently. I gathered several things that I really like, but seem to have no or little relationship to each other. Each item is made from a different medium; however, they share a similar color or finish.
Secret #2: Start with the biggest piece.
This vintage cabinet with off-white paint, not only had physical weight, but visual weight as well. I tend to start “styling” at the left.
Secret #3: Add different textures.
I found this wood spindle at a flea market in Paris. It’s well-worn and rich in history. The color is very similar to the cabinet, but the rough finish and chipped paint offer an interesting texture.
Secret #4: Add contrast.
The only item that really needed to be on this shelf is the clock. Although this one is new, it has a charming vintage look. The face color is similar to the other two pieces, but the base and numbers are bronze creating a nice contrast.
Secret #5: Make sure each item is a different height.
Every piece should be a different height. If necessary, set an item on a book to raise it up. The French enamel lunch box is in the same color family, but with a gloss finish. The handle is same color as the clock. (See how they all work together?)
Secret #6: Display odd number of items.
I’ve said it many, many times. A display with an odd number of items simply looks better than an even number. I added a vintage bronze bank in the shape of the US Capitol. (It’s shorter, but it’s in a color similar to the clock).
So my seemingly mismatched group of items becomes a charming collection when I follow these simple six steps!