Tip: Art of Display
Turn a tired shelf, coffee table or mantel into a still-life masterpiece with styling techniques. Transform this area into the main feature of a room by choosing one of three basic treatments, each equally effective.
Aside from the centrepiece, include two of everything and create the same set-up at either end.
Display the mirror/art work in the centre of a mantel or leave the middle of the surface free of decoration.
Keep the look simple with a couple of potted plants or lamps or dress it up with more ornate pairs of various heights.
Use the offset technique when an artwork or sculpture has centre stage.
Group a selection of smaller, similarly themed objects to one side.
Select pieces beautiful enough to stand alone.
Choose odd numbers of objects.
In a layered display, start with a neutral base then add colour.
Be more daring with colour if the display has only a few items.
Use an odd number of at least five to seven items.
Keep the textures and tones harmonious. Soften hard lines with branches or flowers.
Make the centre of the display the focus by clustering objects in the middle.
Add a twist by creating a theme. For example colour or shape.
Tip – this technique is fail-safe when the objects have a solid background and are arranged on a shelf or surface in front of a wall.
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