antique signFrom estate sales to auctions and antique stores, many homeowners have quite the treasure trove of collectibles in their home. Using collectibles to decorate your home can be a way to give your home a primitive country feel or a modern look depending on the collectibles that you have.

 

But when it comes to displaying them, there’s a right way and a wrong way to show off these goods. When you use them to decorate your home, you want to display them in a way that takes advantage of their qualities. 

For those who collect old books, rather than standing the books up, you can stack them in various stack counts. Place an old black and white photograph on top and tie the books and photo loosely with thin twine. 

Too many collectibles crammed into a small space will only make your collection look cluttered. If you don’t have a lot of room but you have a large collection such as a collection of vintage Fiestaware, you can choose to feature small groups of the ware rather than trying to cram everything out on display. 

When you have smaller objects within a collectible group that also has larger objects, the smaller ones tend to get overshadowed if displayed improperly. To highlight your smaller collectibles, you’ll want to display them on top of a larger object such as a teacup atop a vintage box. 

Remember to be aware of what’s going on in the background of your collectibles. You don’t want to display heavily patterned pieces in front of wall designs that also heavily patterned. 

 

 

 

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