How To Display Collections As Home Decor Accents

I thought it would be fun to talk about how to display collections and make them look attractive instead of like we are collecting a bunch of clutter. Since we have been working on de-cluttering, organizing, and creating more space, I hope you are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

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Once you rid your home of the extra things that you don’t want, you can then start displaying collections that you love, and all of a sudden your much loved collections will now become stunning home decor accents and bring meaning to your home.

Most people seem to have a penchant for collecting things whether it’s vintage linens, teacups and saucers, antique collectibles, pitchers and plates. We collect things because we love how they look, how they feel between our fingers, or because they bring back fond memories of loved ones or our own childhood. The reasons we collect are too many to name, but I do know that displaying collections is a wonderful way to decorate our homes.

Cottage and farmhouse style homes are one of the most known for displaying collections, and lend themselves to adding the vintage charm that comes with these items.

Ideas For Display Collections In Your Home

  • Postage stamp collections look fantastic matted and framed and hung in a series on the wall. Mat and frame just one stamp or create a collage.
  • Vintage samplers bring charm and warmth to any room when framed and hung on a wall, set on display shelves or in the back of a lighted hutch.
  • Antique lures and fishing tackle “hooked” to a natural piece of wood and hung on the wall, as the focal piece would thrill any angler. Hang fishing creels on wall pegs and place  vintage minnow buckets on rustic shelves and you have a unique collection display.
  • Vintage books still look great on a bookshelf, but how about using stacks of them to create the base of a shelf? Displaying collections of vintage books that are falling apart might be best displayed within a glass hutch so they can be seen, but will be protected.
  • Use frames to showcase a collection that has small items to it.  Buttons, jewelry,  and old keys work well this way.
  • Create a gallery wall with old photographs, and family items that bring meaning for the entire family to enjoy.
  • A mannequin hand (or several) is perfect for dislpaying collections of vintage jewelry such as rings and bracelets. Consider mounting the hand to a mirror and you’ll have instant elegance and sparkle.
  • Vintage clothing such as bonnets, hats, or christening gowns will soften any room when displayed on a series of wall pegs or hung on an old hallway tree.
  • Shadow boxes are ideal for antique collectibles you may want to protect – such items as postcards, ticket stubs, birth certificates, a marriage license, or momentos from your wedding.
  • Teacups and saucers are wonderful collection displays for your kitchen and dining room. Use wrought iron plate racks vertically and horizontally to create visual interest. Teacups can be hung on small hooks or placed on shelf. Create depth by placing a few teacups inside wooden square cubbies.
  • Antique collectibles automatically appear to be at home on a great mantel.
  • In the kitchen – display vintage cookie jars, tins, fiesta ware, old dishes you love, and any vintage kitchen items that add character.
  • Vintage quilts and tablecloths can be hung as wall art or in hung over the rungs an old ladder.
  • Antique silver will take on a whole new look when housed within an antique hutch. Or, use an old fashioned tea trolley to display your silver items openly. Even consider hanging your old silverware from a chandelier.
  • A child’s bedroom is the perfect place for collection displays of vintage automobiles and trucks
  • A sunroom or kitchen with a wide windowsill is perfect for displaying collections of vintage glassware. When the sun comes into the windows, they’ll sparkle.

Top Tips for Keeping Your Collections In Control

To keep your collections from looking like they are adding clutter, keep them contained within a concentrated area, and keep them grouped together by color or type of item, instead of scattered all about. This will make your collections shine as the star of your home, and yet not make things look too busy within your home.

No matter what it is you like to collect, when you take the time for displaying collections throughout your home, you will be pleased with the end result.  You’ll be surrounded by those items you love the most, while creating a beautiful and inviting home at the same time.

So what do you like to collect?

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  1. Hello! Visiting from the Imparting Grace linky!
    I really like this post, and have also glanced around your blog-this is a great blog, and I’ll be stopping in again! =)
    About collections-you shared a piece of advice I don’t think I ever knew-keeping them contained to one area. That makes a lot of sense-thanks!
    We are in transit right now-renting until we buy a new house in our new city-but when we get our next house, I’m going to remember this. We had to downsize quite a bit, so I got rid of many things, including my white ceramic collection in my dining room. It will be fun doing this again!
    Have a nice weekend! =)

    • Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and reading. Sounds like you are in a transition time in your life, but like you have some lovely things in your home.

      Blessings to you!

  2. Great ideas and thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Denise,
    Thanks for all the great collection display ideas. I have numerous collections some large and some small. I love to decorate with my things. I dont really understand the point of collecting something and then sticking it in a box! That really bothers me so….. I have collections all over my home. And… I love it. Im always looking for new ways to display my fun stuff so that things don’t look cluttered up. Let me know if you have an answer to how to control the urge to keep on collecting more and more! Debbie

    • Sounds like you are surrounding yourself with the things you love in your home, and that is what it’s all about! Thanks Debbie for stopping by my blog. : )

  4. A great post, Denise! Thank you so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I’m featuring your post this week! :)


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