The Art of Curation
In the world of interiors it’s tempting to follow the latest trends, but if you want to create a space that is truly unique to you, the time has come to think about curation rather than good old-fashioned interior design. Vintage treasures, collections and personal mementoes will add character and personality to your space.
This isn’t a style that can be taught or a trend that can be captured, because there are no rules – it’s the freestyle of the interiors world, allowing you to be truly unique and reflective of your personality. Here are some pointers to consider if this sounds like your kind of scene.
Avoid hiding interesting objects in cabinets or storing them out of sight in the attic. By putting your collections on show you can add your own stamp to your home. Find creative ways to show off your favourite things so they double up as interesting artwork displays and become conversation pieces amongst visitors.
For some people, it’s bottles or coloured glass that adorn their walls or shelves, for others it’s vinyl, cameras or posters and postcards. Whatever your particular collection may be, think carefully about how you display it so you show off your treasures to their absolute best.
For larger collections made up of items in varying sizes, colours, shapes and uses, try a feature wall or corner. This will contain your display and stop the room looking cluttered. Shadow boxes are also a nice way to really show off your favourite things and make them stand out.
If you’re got a smaller collection of objects, a simple shelf or sideboard display would work perfectly. Don’t forget to leave breathing room between each piece so that your collection looks like a carefully considered art piece rather than simply a storage solution. You might like to try grouping items by colour or size for a cohesive look.
Fill your home with one-of-a-kind items that really mean something to you, for example a piece that you’ve inherited, an item you found in a Moroccan souk or an irreplaceable old black and white family photograph. The look you create will stand the test of time and never go out of fashion. Dot these treasures throughout the room to draw the eye around the space and create an interesting and eclectic mix of periods and styles.
Show off your collections with pride for a home that really speaks volumes about who you are, where you’ve been and what you truly love.