Its’s showtime – 6 creative displays for big impact

Easy ways to style your shelves, walls and tabetops

1. A coffee table made from perspex or with a glass top and a mirrored second shelf can be a
good way of displaying eclectic pieces or even books and magazines. The different elements of your
collection do not have to match. I suggest collecting small interesting
pieces of wood or shells from the beach, sculptural objects such as a
Buddha and interesting vintage books.

2. A collection of decorative pieces such as plates or jewellery can form a wonderful display item. Make sure to choose items that complement each other. Then arrange for them to be framed in a Perspex box that can either be hung on the wall or used on a coffee table as a central feature piece.

3. A vintage piece of fabric can be used as a fantastic wall feature. Stretched and mounted on batten so it hangs invisibly works well. If the material is delicate, consider a Perspex box to protect it; this will also make it feel luxurious, museum-quality textile.

4. A collection of colourful glass paperweights looks fantastic displayed on thick glass shelves. Choose low-iron glass to prevent the glass edge appearing green in colour and give a floating effect. If budget allows, then add concealed LED lighting to show off the glass paperweights and give a soft glow to the display cabinet at night. This also works with other glass objects, such as Lalique, lalique.com, vases or antique decanters.

5. For a rustic display idea, I suggest recycled apple boxes stacked on their side to form a bookcase wall. Then I recommend filling it with a mix of vintage tins, wind-up toys, wooden carved cigar boxes and other local items from your area.

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6. If you only have one item that you wish to display, give it extra prominence by standing it on a base. Bronze and stained wood both look great. The base will usually be square with a slightly recessed area to stand the piece in which makes it stable.

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