A Room Full Of Collections

A Room Full Of Collections – Long ago you were given a blue plate, then you bought another one at a local bazaar and then a friend gave you one for Christmas and, before you knew it, you had a collection! Your collection of plates, dolls, jelly moulds, tin cans, or whatever, offers great decorating possibilities if you display it well.

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Perhaps you’re a traveler and have brought back souvenirs that share a common theme – scarves, plates, luggage labels – you can frame or hang them on a dull wall. Ethnic collections can bring fascinating textures and color to a room. Hand-loomed fabrics and carpets, primitive sculpture and hand-woven baskets will all complement each other.

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Try to create a theme in certain rooms. An old favorite is a marine theme in bathrooms – shells collected from holidays long ago, framed shell prints and perhaps a mirror surrounded by shells. Libraries and studios lend themselves to collections of old photographs, sporting trophies or memorabilia, and old prints.

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Kitchens are ideal for displaying utensils – old jelly moulds, ornate cake plates, bottle openers, scales with weights and measures, beverage bottles and old stoneware jars, all bring a rustic, cared-for and friendly look to a kitchen. If you are lucky enough to own one, an old timber dresser makes an ideal home for a kitchen collection. Collections of quite large objects, such as copper pans or baskets, can look wonderful suspended from the ceiling on hooks.

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Vintage biscuit tins collection on the kitchen wall

Collections in entrance halls make a great decorating statement. This is often the first impression visitors get about the owners of the house and your first chance to show off! Our photograph of old-fashioned vases, shaped like hats, shows a colorful and whimsical touch, especially when complemented by a large bunch of spring blooms in a quaint old jug. Take care though, if you have small children and a large dog, a table in the narrow entrance hall may not be the ideal place to display a precious collection of china.

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Some collections just evolve, or you can set out quite deliberately to assemble objects in a decorative group. Sometimes items from different eras can be combined successfully, but keep a color or theme link between them. Old theater programmes, nautical bits and pieces, books, paintings of a particular subject, colored china, fashion accessories or toys are all varied and delightful when gathered and displayed in interesting collections.

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Straw hats collection as a part of coastal themed entrance

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Vintage suitcases

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Collection of mirrors

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Vintage jars collection

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