Creating Displays Out of Ordinary Objects

Creating Displays Out of Ordinary Objects

Leah Moss
May 27, 2010

On my antique shop and flea market hunts I'm often more attracted to the forms and textures of ordinary objects: antique tools, loose buttons, and other once-useful things than to the paintings and intentionally decorative wares. And while I'm also opposed to hoarding junk, junk in an artful collection is no longer junk! Right?

One is a treasure, two is a coincidence, and and anything more is a collection! Which is to say that when it comes to collecting, grouping three or more of a similar object can turn random found things into a memorable display. How you display them depends somewhat on the nature of the object in questions, but here are some easy suggestions:

Hang them. 1-3.The simplest solution! Dishware and serving ware are easy to hang using hooks and plate racks.
Connect them. 4. . Small strips of driftwood tied to together in descending size order creates a natural piece of unique art.
Frame them. 5, 6. Regular picture frames contain flat object, while shadow boxes and cube shelf frames are perfect for bulkier objects.
Arrange them on a ledge. 7, 8. Window sills and mantels are natural spots for collections.
Bottle 'em. 9, 10. Old jars are perfect displays for tiny objects.
Unify them with color. 11, 12. Monochromatic groupings make for pleasing displays, but all objects don't need to be the same hue. One or two similarly colored objects interspersed with others of similar properties work just as well.

And in case you missed the ultimate case of displaying ordinary things, check out Odile's 'Only in New York' house tour.

Images: 1: Interiors, 2, 8: Real Simple, 3: Design Sponge, 4: Home Life, 5, 7, 9: Country Home, 6: Atlanta Bartlett, 9, 12: Country Living, 10: Woman's Day, 11: Bailey's Home & Garden

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