How To Master The Art Of Display In Your Home

There are three words to live by to master the art of display in your home...  curate, curate, curate!

When it comes to creating a magical and inviting home it's the finishing touches, aka your display pieces, artwork and ornaments that add the extra wow-factor. Think of it as your golden opportunity to create a home that is uniquely personal to you. Of course, not forgetting the fact that it is the FUN part of the decorating process!

Something that you can continue to change, curate and revamp over the years, here our Top 3 Rules to help you style your space…


RULE NO.1: BRING ART AND OBJECTS TOGETHER

The most effective way to curate a display in the home is to create a focal point or as we like to call it a 'style spot'! A curation of your most treasured pieces in one visually impactful display it is without-a-doubt showstopping! You can create a style spot in so many ways. Our favourites include a shelfie, a cabinet of curiosity, little details, art walls and unexpected surprises.

The Shelfie

shelf art of display featuring vases, candlesticks and photos

Image: The Home of Helene Morris as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Publishers Ryland Peters & Small. Photographer Debi Treloar

Not everything needs to be hidden away. In fact, we love open storage display units or beautifully curated objects on top of sideboards, shelves, mantlepieces and cabinets.

Really easy to create, fill your shelves with your favourite vases, candles, quirky ornaments, faux house plants, artwork or if the shelves are in the kitchen your stacks of bowls and plates, your favourite mugs and chopping boards - whatever you love should be on display! Gently overlap items bringing some slightly forward but give everything enough space so that you can see each item. There is nothing worse than cramming too much onto one shelf - group items that go together and save other items that you love for different spaces around the home.

two images of shelf art of display.

The homes of Tina B & Jane Rockett as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George. Publishers: Ryland Peters & Small. Photographer: Debi Treloar

Other useful tricks for your #shelfie display is to play with heights. Choose objects and ornaments that vary in dimensions and scale. Be sure to add texture and different materials, and most importantly, make sure you add a humorous ornament that will never fail to make you smile!

Create a Cabinet of Curiosities

close-up image of display pieces in a cabinet of curiosities

Cabinet of Curiosities in the home of Jane Rockett as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Publishers: Ryland Peters & Small. Photography: Debi Treloar.

A cabinet of curiosity is another clever way to display your most treasured pieces. Co-founder, Jane Rockett, has curated her own Cabinet of Curiosities in her living room. She's filled her vintage cabinet with unique flea market discoveries, time-worn shells plucked from beach trips, treasured photographs and mementoes from her travels. Cabinet of Curiosities are traditionally thought of as encyclopedic collections of extraordinary objects or 'wonder rooms' which are designed to tell stories. So, with that at the forefront of your mind take the time to go through your pieces and pick out the items that have sentimental value to you.

Beauty is in the detail

detail image of display pieces

Niki Jones home. Interior Designer: The Vawdrey House as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Publishers: Ryland Peters & Small.

Another tip for mastering the art of display in your home is to not forget the little things! Quirky cupboard knobs, door handles, animal ornaments, even the frills on your cushions will make a huge difference to your decor.

Little details make the difference with the art of display.

Deborah Vos and Kate Learmonth's homes as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small. Photographer Debi Treloar.

The Gallery Wall

living room with picture wall art display

Shelley Carline's home as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.

Nothing quite makes an impact as a picture wall does! So, there are a number of different ways that you can display your art:

  • Hang your art prints on one feature wall.
  • Display your art prints on a corner wall for a unique and interesting perspective.
  • Around doorframes for an out-of-the-ordinary look.
  • On your shelf display.
  • Or you could even lean your artwork against the walls. This is an especially useful trick if you are a renter and cannot hammer nails into the wall!

We recommend then laying your chosen art prints out on the floor so that you can visualise your picture wall. Add in mirrors, quirky wall hangings, faux animal heads, fairy lights and other accessories to embellish and accessorise your gallery wall display. Don’t forget to frame your prints in beautiful or vintage frames to complete the look.

For more tips on how to display your art visit our blog: How to display your artwork.

Images: Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar. The home of Kate Learmonth and Lucy St George.

 


RULE NO.2. CURATE COLLECTIONS

Taking your display style up a level, why not curate collections in your home? A selection of accumulated artwork, quirky ornaments, vintage pieces, books... you can curate a collection of just about anything that you love!

Quirky Collections

Mastering the art of collections, the images feature a handbag display and mona lisa art wall.

Wall of Mona Lisa's in the home of Tina B. Featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Ryland Peters & Small. Photography by Debi Treloar.

Eclectic collections are a genius option for mastering the art of display in your home. Featured in the Rockett St George book, Extraordinary Interiors, the fabulously theatrical Tina B considers herself to be a 'collector'. A quick look around her home absolutely confirms this.

With shelves full of British Vogue that Tina has collected since 1983 (including a large number of vintage and 1970s Vogues!), pin badges picked up from boutiques and fairs, an entire wall of Mona Lisas (the original painting was picked up at Portobello Market when Tina was a student) and a glass cabinet filled with Vintage Biba jars - Tina is quite the established collector!

We made a film about Tina's collections which you can watch on Rockett St George YouTube:

'Everyday' Collections

kitchen with a brick wall and kitchen items on display.

Co-founder, Jane Rockett's home as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small. Photographer: Debi Treloar.

We love collections that have been slowly curated over the years and so often these collections have a beautiful sentimental value to them that is priceless and timeless. However, if you are just getting started on your curated collections journey don't let this scare you off. When you take a moment to reflect on all your homewares you'd be surprised to see how many collections of beautiful things you already have.

art of display with everyday objects in the kitchen.

Fred Musik and Helene Morris homes as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small. Photographer: Debi Treloar

For example, your kitchen breadboards. We all have a selection of breadboards and you can so easily curate a collection with this kitchen essential. A great idea if you are short on space or if you are a renter and you're not keen on your kitchen tiling, it's a great way to create an impact in the home.

Bookshelf Styling Collections

Bookshelf display with the book spine turned away to create an aesthetically pleasing shelf.

Kate Learmonth's home as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Publishers: Ryland Peters & Small. Photography by Debi Treloar.

Another easy way to master the art of display in your home is your bookshelf! We all have stacks of books that we've read and enjoyed over the years so, why not re-purpose them as a display feature? There are two easy ways to create an insta-worthy book display:

  1. Colour code your bookshelf. Arrange your books by colour, it's looks great and will jump out at you as soon as you walk into the room.
  2. Or, alternatively, hide the spines of your books and turn them the other way on your bookshelf so that you can only see the pages. Kate Learmonth has done this in her home and it's a real head-turner.
two colour coded bookshelves - a great display idea.

Nicolas & Alexandra Valla home as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Published by Ryland Peters & Small. Photographer: Debi Treloar

To complete the look, style it up with quirky bookends and beautiful display pieces and viola... a beautifully curated collection!

Vintage or Vintage Style Collections

vintage coral, skulls and ornaments on black shelves.

Kate Learmonth's home as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Publishers: Ryland Peters & Small. Photographer: Debi Treloar.

A mix of eras in your home decor should not be underrated. Vintage glassware, mirrors, pin badges, coral or otherwise adds depth and interest to your home and so if you've got em... flaunt em!

One of the best ways to source vintage pieces is to go treasure hunting at local car boot sales, flea markets, boutique fairs and on eBay! But if you haven't got the time to trail markets for vintage pieces then consider opting for vintage-style pieces. You can easily source vintage-style pieces from homeware stores like Rockett St George. What's more, unless you or your house guests are antique dealers, no one will know the difference!

vintage accessories styled in the home

Alexandra & Nicolas Vall and Tina B's respective homes as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Published by Ryland Peters & Small. Photography by Debi Treloar.


RULE NO.3. BREAK THE RULES BABY!

An eclectic art display encouraging you to break the rules with your homewares

Image: The home of Lucy St George as featured in Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett & Lucy St George. Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small. Photographer: Debi Treloar.

Ultimately mastering the art of display in your home is all down to being fearless with your choices. Yes, we all like to share images of our homes on Instagram but at the end of the day, the only opinion that matters is YOURS. So own it, baby! If someone doesn't like the way you style your home... so what?! They don't have to live in your home... you do! 

Rules are there to be broken. So leave no surface unturned and don't be afraid to be daring and bold... show off in style darlings!

Curate the home of your dreams at Rockett St George.


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