If you eat the food you like but dress for other people, your home decoration falls somewhere in the middle. While you will want to decorate the place to reflect your temperament and personality, you’d also want to make it a welcoming space for guests and visiting friends. Of course, you can always turn this job over to an interior designer. But if you have the knack for home decor and DIY projects that give you immense pleasure, then you can tackle this one yourself.
But as passionate and skilled a DIYer as you are, there are tasks and problems that you just need to leave to the professionals. For example, when your garage door starts acting up and won’t close, you would want to call garage door repair. There are too many moving parts and electronics that only an expert should look into and repair. The same applies to car trouble. Getting help with transmission repair is usually the wisest and most cost-effective decision to make when you have trouble with your car transmission. But when it comes to home decorating, it’s a whole different ball game. You can get as creative as you like. We all know what it means to go back home to a well-decorated place. That’s when you feel you are living in your very own unique home.
Collectibles on Display
Collecting things is in our DNA. It’s one way to address our insecurities and keep us stocked and prepared for lean times. At least that’s how our ancestors started collecting tools and resources in the same way that squirrels and chipmunks collected pine cones for the winter. But in this day and age, we found our passion in collecting exotic trinkets, weird-looking seashells, and artifacts from far away lands. This collection is your personal treasure. Not two collections are the same. This uniqueness makes your hoarded artifacts one of your most precious possessions that deserve front and center stage.
Most home decor experts recommend you give the display of your collectibles much thought. That’s because the way you display them in your home reflects a lot about your personality and character. A hunter will often display his trophies in the best place where they get ample light and all the attention of the guests. You can think of your collectibles as your trophies. How you arrange them, tells your visitors all they need to know about you. Instead of letting them collect dust in a dark corner of the house, you should take advantage of their ornamental value.
One idea is to place the collectibles in groups on a table. How you group them depends very much on your personal taste and preferences as on the artifacts themselves. You could group them by color, place of origin, or based on the material. But more important than how to group them is the light conditions. You can take inspiration from art galleries and museums. They usually place every piece under the right light to make it easier to admire its beauty and artistic values. If you run out of ideas, you can just place a lamp next to the table that floods it in gentle light.
Walls Make a Statement
Although your interior decor designs are not bound by any limits or rules, the only guideline that you should adhere to is harmony. Try to settle on a theme beforehand that all your designs should follow. That way you won’t end up with a mishmash of designs with no unifying thought. But achieving harmony is easier said than done. It’s like a fine thread that connects different pieces and items and gives them a new meaning as part of a whole. Harmony makes the vintage vase complement a post-modern lamp and both blend in with a hand-woven blanket with native American patterns and symbols. Without harmony, each piece will stand out and look totally out of place.
And that’s where your walls come in. They do more than stand in the background and let everything else in the house upstage them. Actually, your job as an amateur interior designer is to bring your walls to the forefront and use them to make a statement and create that elusive harmony. And the first thing to pay attention to is the color of the walls. You can repaint each wall to reflect the theme of the room and the type of collectible you’ll place there.
But the walls are not just a large canvas to practice your color experimentations. They are also a good place to hang artifacts. Between the walls and the tables, you will have plenty of creative space to implement your designs. As long as you follow the theme you have chosen, you can’t go astray.
Your home is your art gallery. Here you can display all your art collections, artifacts, trinkets, and memorabilia. Here you can display not just your precious collectibles but also your artistic talent and sense of harmony. As you group your collectibles together, keep an eye on the color of the walls. If the color doesn’t match the theme you selected, then you’d have to repaint them. It’s okay to paint different walls in the same room with different colors. As long as the colors match and complement each other, it’s fine. The color and texture of the groups of the collectibles should also guide you in selecting the right color for the walls.