How to display antique collections
Make the most of your antiques' good looks with these striking display ideas
Make a bold statement
Get the lighting right
With inadequate illumination no display, no matter how well it has been thought out, will ever be truly effective. First, consider the location of the artwork, and try to avoid placing pieces with glass or mirror opposite a window, and then consider the scale of the pieces in comparison to the room.
Focus on the walls
Colour choice is always highly personal. Whatever area of the colour spectrum you are naturally drawn to, tonal pairings will always create a harmonious display. Layers of colour from the same area of the colour wheel are calming and easy to live with. Always start your scheme with an item that you love and select a colour from it.
Opt for natural simplicity
Group your pictures
When you have a number of photographs, mirrors or paintings on display, start by laying your group on the floor and assessing how the elements work together. If necessary, remove some, make substitutions or consider re-framing.
Create a cabinet of wonders
Make a tablescape
Did you know that with just a lighting tweak and some colour cooordination, you could give your antiques a whole new lease of life?
Whether you are curating a collection of antiques, a few choice artworks, or a selection of natural beachcombed finds, our essential guide to the art of display will help you make the most of their good looks.
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