How to display antiques and collectables

Draw attention to your vintage finds with our top tips for creating a standout display in your home

Vintage and antique items displayed in glass display cases

Part of the thrill of the unique find is using it to fill the lonely nooks and empty shelves in your home. But how to make each piece stand out? Take inspiration from these three inventive homeowners’ ideas for showing off favourite objects.

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Repurpose found objects

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Libs Lewis replicates the curiousities of yesteryear by placing vintage children’s pamphlets and trinket boxes under glass bell jars. She also uses vintage apple crates rummaged from flea markets to store her son Alfie’s toys, books and games. Images: Emma Lewis

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Use dark colours for contrast

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The metallic glimmer of Collette Vernon’s collection of antique horns stands out against the dark panelling. Dark colours are also a bold choice to make beautiful black-and-white family portraits hold their own. Image: Brent Darby

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Stack it high

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Sometimes more is more. Stacking up dainty pieces gives them greater impact than a few stand-alone pieces, particularly when they are in soft and pretty pastels like Clare Macdonald’s collection of vintage china. She found the kitchen dresser at an antiques warehouse in London. Image: Penny Wincer