Q: 'I’m looking for a creative way to showcase trinkets I’ve collected over the years on my travels. I have lots of space, but am lacking the creativity! Any quick and easy ideas for me to try?' Sarah, Hastings.
A: There must be 101 ways to display your fabulous finds at home, but I have a few go-tos that always make an impact and are super easy to achieve. Here are my top three display solutions:
1. Scrapbook washing line
String up a washing line and create a horizontal collage of your favourite photos, postcards and ticket stubs along a bare wall. Coordinate your backdrop by picking a wall colour with the help of the Visualizer app – it'll suggest paint hues based on your haul of travel memorabilia for a divine display. Use pegs and clips to pin your bits and bobs up and have fun rearranging whenever the mood takes you.
2. Strip shelving
Trinkets and small objects can get lost on shelves that are too wide or at the wrong height, so opt for something a bit more bespoke to really make your trinkets a feature of your room. A narrow picture ledge attached to the wall at eye-height is all it takes to nail a sophisticated, gallery-style solution for putting your favourite objects on view. Depending on the size of your items, a four-inch ledge should be wide enough to showcase your things. Layer your objects with framed prints on the ledge to create visual interest, et voila!
3. Fitted box units
For those who have larger items to show off, or who are itching for a meatier DIY project, have a go at creating your own fitted wall units, complete with different sized compartments for each individual piece. Raw materials such as chipboard and reclaimed timber are in right now, so consider using these materials for your construction. Once you've completed the structure, give some of your boxes a hit of colour by painting the interior a shade that contrasts with your item and see how your favourite things shine.
Hope that helps Sarah – but if you need any more inspiration, stay tuned to our Inspiration page, where you'll find all manner of exciting home ideas.
Download the Visualizer app and create your own scheme around your treasured possessions.