With the weather we have been having in Toronto lately most people have been stuck indoors staring at their four walls…. so why not make those walls look fantastic?
When you love vintage and antiques you tend to amass quite the collection of things. Showcasing all of the treasures you have collected over the years can be tricky without your home looking cluttered and messy.
There are some simple tricks of the trade that designers and stylists use to display objects so they will stand out in your home and look beautifully arranged. We’d like to share some of them with you here.
The biggest problem with collecting so many different items is that the great pieces get lost in the mix of it all. To organize your items try grouping objects in groups (like a gallery) by colour, style, texture etc. Use items of different sizes and shapes in your collections. The contrasting shapes and sizes will keep it interesting, but find a common element between the items and that will tie them together. For example, when hanging a collection of pictures, photos, art etc tie them together by using same colour frame. They can be different in size and shape but the similar colour will hold grouping together. While on the subject of hanging frames, don’t make the common mistake of hanging them too high. Mount pics at eye level. The center of the artwork should be around 5 feet from the floor...if hanging a grouping of pics or art, the center of the grouping should fall at this level.
When displaying objects, use odd numbers of items…. objects stacked or grouped together can count as 1 item. Odd numbered groupings are generally more pleasing to the eye. Having objects of different height will make your eye travel around the collection and keep it dynamic. In contrast, repetition of similar size and shape objects when grouped en masse can be very effective—forming a strong collection.
Often the use of black in interiors is overlooked. It can make a powerful statement and also serve as a grounding point in the room. Use sparingly, but always make sure you have something in a shade of black in the room for drama. The rule of thumb is to have about 10% of black in the room to keep it balanced and interesting…. one large piece or a number of smaller items in this shade will ground your space. A chalkboard is a great and functional way to bring black into a room!
Sometimes you need to exercise restraint with your collectibles. Often Less really is more so make sure you are only showcasing those things you absolutely love... curate your objects carefully and it will show. If you have several smaller items you can group these together in a bowl, shadow box or other container to keep them organized while on display.
[Images courtesy of Lauren & Taylor from Bragg & Bee]
Of course rules are meant to be broken and you just really need to trust your instincts sometimes. It’s your home after all; as long as the pieces in it are treasured and have meaning to you they will look great in your space and reflect your individuality as a collector.
If you are always searching to add to your collection of treasures, stop by The Leslieville Flea this Sunday February 23, in the Distillery District’s Fermenting Cellar, from 10am to 5pm!
We here at Covet Garden are lucky to have Chris Roberts and Brigid Elmy, founders of the Leslieville Flea, as guest bloggers. Visit their blog for regular news and style ideas. And and keep checking this space for more of their insights on incorporating vintage and handmade finds into your decor.