Collections may be based on childhood nostalgia or relics from a bygone era that fascinate you. Whatever you collect, what good is it if it’s stashed in a drawer or hidden away in a box?
If you want to know how to display collections, we’ve got 15 ideas for you.
1. Go Monochrome
Simple shelves in the same color at the wall paint will make your collection, like these vintage cameras, really take center stage.
2. Use a Collection as Decor Inspiration
This homeowner spent years competing her collection of vintage pyrex, so she redecorated her kitchen to match + show it off.
3. Take Over a Whole Wall
This iron collection-turned-wall-art reminds us of the vintage sewing machines that AllSaints uses in their store window displays.
4. Group a Small Collection
Give your bathroom an off-beat look by replacing the mirror with a hodge-podge of vintage hand mirrors.
5. Show Off the Tools of Your Trade
This Denver leatherworker dressed up her studio wall with a collection of antique tools.
6. Take Pretty Supplies to the Wall
If you’re an avid knitter, why keep all your pretty yarn in a cabinet? Use a few nails to perch skeins in an organic shape on the wall.
7. Go Vertical
Whether you’re an active hat collector or just have a lot and nowhere to keep them; a vertical rack will give them a home and double as wall art. Plus, it makes use of the slim wall space many of us have between 2 doors.
8. Use Shadowboxes
This tried and true display method has been around for along time for a reason. Shadowboxes will give your collection a unified look and allow it to fit in with other framed pieces.
9. Paint in a Unified Palette
This homeowner used cuckoo clocks painted in blues and greens to compliment her son’s summer camp themed nursery.
10. Get Lots of a Something Small
Give a wall some pizzazz with a big collection of small things. You could align them in a linear grid or a more organic shape like these vintage keys.
11. Use Slim Wall Shelves
A prized book collection will look so much better when you can see each cover rather than having them all hidden in a bookshelf. This kind of display would be perfect for a mystery loving kid’s room.
12. Group Like Objects for a Funky Wall Installation
The hairbrushes, hairdryers and hand mirrors pictured here were used to decorate a beauty school, but they’d look just as great in a girl’s bedroom or bathroom.
13. Toys on Display
Not sure how to decorate a boy’s room? Grab toys from one theme, like the dinosaur figurines here, and perch them on picture ledges.
The trick will just be to get him to put them back on the shelves!
14. Make the Most of a Hallway
Dress up this often hard to decorate space with a collection hung on the wall. We love the farmhouse charm that antique planes bring to this space.
15. Find a Display of the Same Era
A vintage collection calls for a just as awesome vintage pegboard display. Schoolhouse Electric Co. (the retro furnishing giant) founder has a soft spot for old-school flashlights and keeps them on display in his office.
Have an Awesome Collection Display?
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