When we shared Chris' Apartment Tour last week, we heard one thing loud and clear: everyone loved how he integrated his designer toy collection with all his other décor. For people with collectibles that are maybe of the more colorful variety, here are some helpful hints for integrating them seamlessly:
1. Spread items throughout the house: It's important not to cluster your entire collection in one room. It's also an easy way to spread a theme throughout a home, whether it's "I'm a gamer" or "I'm a geek."
2. Integration is key: The super talented Caitlin over at Desert Domicile mixed her boyfriend's video game collectibles brilliantly with her décor and art pieces. By combining objects, everything feels more personal and nothing becomes the complete focus of an area.
3. Cabinets come in all sizes: One of the things that was especially awesome about Chris' place is that he created vignettes with large curio cabinets like the one below and with small shadowboxes by adding shelves to them, a la the Dunny shelf. By using both, the collections feel intentional and curated.
4. Curate some, blend others: There is no "perfect" way to display collectibles, but one thing that seems consistent between both Chris' approach and Caitlin's is the idea that curating some items together is fine, as long as you blend other items in with non-toys and collectibles. The key is to coalesce colors, shapes or styles.
5. Keep it clean: Any collection is going to look like crap if it's dusty and dirty. Little objects like vinyl toys are especially tough to dust since they are so small, but think of them as small art. You wouldn't let your art get nasty.
How do you integrate collections into your space?