When displaying photographs, use frames of the same color and material, but vary the shapes and sizes. You can also mix color images with black-and-white, as the frames will unify the arrangement.
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Select Complementary Shapes
Group similarly shaped items of various sizes and heights together, then add one vessel of a different shape, which will stand out from the rest.
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Create a Thematic Cluster
Start with a piece of art, hung low on or propped against the wall above a mantel, a table, or a sideboard. Then include objects that echo the artwork’s theme and palette.
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Combine Like Colors
Group together items of all shapes and sizes in different shades of a single color (an object whose interior is in the same color family, as shown, can count). Enlist wooden stands or hangers to display plates.
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Display Common Types Together
Similar objects, like fancy food tins with bold graphics, merit a place on an exposed shelf when grouped together. Try this with antique clocks, perfume bottles or atomizers, or vintage watering cans.
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Make a Natural Montage
Bring the outdoors inside, whether you’re inspired by the ocean (mix seashells, coral, sand dollars, and driftwood) or the woods (pine cones, branches, leaves, dried berries, and acorns).
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