Simple & Stylish: A Trio of Collection Display Ideas

Simple & Stylish: A Trio of Collection Display Ideas

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Adrienne Breaux
Dec 16, 2015

As much as I love clearing out my home to feel clean and minimal, I still like holding on to and displaying my favorite objects. In order to not feel like I'm living in a cluttered, too-busy vintage store, I'm always on the lookout for clever collection display ideas I can incorporate into my space so I can be surrounded by my stuff but not feel like I'm drowning in clutter.

1. Stagger with sleek shelves

Hanging a couple of simple shelves on a wall — like floating shelves or shelves that don't have very bold or attention-grabbing hardware — is the perfect canvas for a collection. By staggering the hanging of the shelves (not quite lined up), the whole composition in Katie and Andrew's home looks intentional and more like an art piece itself. It looks like one stylish unit, versus a bunch of small, cluttered-feeling elements.

See more of this cute vintage tin collection in → Katie and Andrew's Tasteful, Vintage East Los Angeles Home

2. Layer artwork to create a cohesive composition

It's not that gallery wall collages are a bad thing; they are a perfect way to cover large swaths of wall when you don't have a lot of money for a larger piece of art. But sometimes they can feel a bit busy...which can make them feel cluttered. By doing some creative layering when hanging artwork on the wall (think about it like a vignette!), you're creating a cohesive composition that might allow you to show off a lot of art in your collection without feeling like you've got a bunch of tiny pieces of art.

See more of this art layering idea spotted in → Alison and Jay's Warm and Creative Los Feliz Home

3. Hang in a vertical line

By hanging your collection in vertical line, particularly in a narrow or cozy spot in your home that doesn't have a lot going on, you create a sort of sculptural composition that elevates the look of each item individually and together.

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