Collection Display Inspiration from House Tours

Collection Display Inspiration from House Tours

Jason Loper
Sep 14, 2011

In addition to the fun of getting a peek into other people's homes, House Tours are also a great way to glean ideas for our own homes. These 10 tours provide inspiration for displaying collections ... and may even inspire you to start a new one.

Collection on Collection In the living room of Sally's French-Glam Hyde Park Home, a collection of vintage cigarette lighters are cleverly displayed on her collection of pipe organ pipes. Two collections in one!
Cover an Entire Surface Not all collections are precious. The photo booth strips in Byron & Nate's Nature-Sleek Urban Loft are quite simply held by magnets onto the side of a kitchen island. Grouping a collection of anything together to cover an entire surface, from photos to old report cards, can have a great impact.
Put It Under Glass Photo booth strips made an appearance in Theresa's Tiny Treetop Apartment as well. However, Theresa put her pics under glass. Again, this could be done with just about any collection — photos, cards, love letters. Put them all out in a layer under a glass topped table and they'll be on display and safe and secure.
Let Art Be the Color The large, colorful art in Marian & Sig's Retro Modern Ukrainian Village Apartment stands out as a wonderful contrast against their neutral walls. (I also now realize I need to start collecting more art!)
Make a Wall of Books Many of us are still book collectors, no matter what people are saying. Take a cue from AJ & Alex's Eclectic Shabby Chic Queens Apartment and create one solid wall of bookshelves. The shelves create a built-in bookcase effect that makes a bold statement in a room.
Group It in Frames Even simple vintage postcards, as seen in Bethany's Clean, Classic & Crisp Minneapolis Home, look great when framed simply and grouped together. A similar look could be achieved with framed baseball cards, blue ribbons, or book pages. Although, this seeing this makes me think of all those old postcards I see in antique shops… hmm, may be a new collection?
A Mat & Frame Go a Long Way Whether you are framing gorgeous screen printed posters, as we see in Abby & Jesse's Artsy Live/Work Apartment, or some simple snapshots, matting and framing a collection immediately brings it up a notch.
Break Out the Paint For anyone with a box of old trophies in their attic, Dave's Comfortably Eclectic Home is for you. Dave spray painted a collection of old trophies pink and then grouped them together for a fun display. Whether using your own old trophies or picking up a few at thrift stores (another new collection!), this is a fun look that brings a fun pop of color to a space.
Go Out on a Ledge All around Douglas & Matthew's Modern Apartment are pieces of their collection of design-centric objects. These figurines look right at home on a ledge shelf. Ledges are a great way to give small objects or framed art a home.
Make It a Theme You'll see the letter K emblazoned on many things in Kirsten's Utterly Fabulous Utah Home. Kirsten collects her first initial and uses the pieces to personalize her decor. How very Mary Richards/Carrie Bradshaw!

Images: As credited in individual house tours.

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