There’s no better way to add a punch of personality to your room than creating a feature from a personal collection. The one thing to avoid at all costs is a home that looks like it’s ripped from a page in a catalogue. Make your house a home by adding a dash of individuality, a collection of objects that are unique to you, that tell a story. It can be as easy as a collection of pictures of your favourite people.
Every room needs a focal point, somewhere that draws your attention and interests the eye. Rooms feel just niggly if there are random bits and bobs, bobbing around the room like flotsam like jetsam. Ladies and gentleman…drum roll… let me introduce you to the Law of Grouping!
So you have a collection of family photos, gorgeous! Now I think they look fab if you group lots of them all together. I think a selection of different frames look more interesting (I’m never a fan of matchy matchy) but pick a theme. For example all-white frames or all-metallic, all-mirror or all-wood. A totally random mix never hangs well together. If you’re a real stylista then you’ll simply have to print out all your photos in black and white. This always looks sophisticated and means your prints will look great in any colour scheme.
A group of photos look good on a designated surface like a circular table, a grand piano, a book case, or mounted together on a wall. They don’t look good on windowsills or on top of the TV. If you’ve ever done any of these, go to the bottom of the class!
You can apply the law of grouping to other items too. I love a collection of framed prints grouped together to fill a wall. You can be orderly by choosing a collection of prints of the same size and displaying symmetrically, or go bananas group a medley of different shapes and sizes. No surprises that that’s the way I roll, it just looks more individual, like a personal collection that’s grown gradually and organically over time. You can even add to it, which you can never do with a collection of matching prints. Again I think it’s good to think of a theme so they look like a cohesive collection. Think about framing them in a similar colour, or pick a topic like flowers, or an artistic style like Scandi graphic design.
The same theory can be rolled out to decorative ornaments. Create a tablescape with items of varying shapes and heights. Again choose a theme either by colour code or style, like 60’s pottery, blue glass, or natural textures.With all these displays the trick is to keep free and fluid and don’t be afraid to jiggle and re-jiggle your items until you are happy with the composition. In the stylists industry there’s even a word for this science. It’s called ‘tweaking’ and us stylists, do it a lot!
So have fun creating your personal displays, scour car boot sales, chazza shops, as well as your favourite high street stores or art shows until you can create your own personal display that makes your home pop with personality!