Great Tips for Multiples: How To Display a Collection

Collecting is an interesting concept. Once you have multiples of something, anything, it becomes a collection. I have many around the house, and I find that the challenge is to retain a reason for collecting. For many, I strive to display them (when I'm not using them) in a way that allows them to double as interesting decor. Here are some examples of successful collection display.

  1. This submission to Things Organized Neatly, an incredibly inspiring site if you're trying to harness some order in your home, takes an ordinarily desktop bound item, and takes it vertical. Bringing things you wouldn't normally expect to the wall can be very fun!
  2. I love the organic shape that this collection of plates takes as it sweeps acros the wall. Highlighting the variety of each piece in the collection and breaking out of the box with regard to form can do a grouping great favors. From Sunset Magazine, via Bella Vita.
  3. Have a collection of tiny things? I love the idea of displaying them in a letterpress tray. Letterpress trays are all the rage right now, but honestly, when it comes to little tinies, they're the best! Sushipot has created a little vignette of tchotchkes from her studio in this tray.
  4. This collection of teak pepper grinders, from (suprise) Teak Pepper, is gorgeous on its own, but when displayed in such a minimalist, but geometric way, I swooned. Each on its own small shelf, the collection becomes a large-scale piece of artwork, in my opinion. Love it!
  5. Lastly, I love the idea of taking a collection that might be considered mundane, or made up of ordinary objects, and really highlighting it. Elevating the interest of the collection as a whole by making it a focal point (when done well!) can be so very interesting. This collection of hats, found on Kelly + Olive, makes for beautiful entryway decor!

What do you collect? Do you have a unique way of displaying or presenting your collection, or any neat tips or tricks?

Images: As credited above.