5 Easy Steps for Styling a Display

Starting an update to any area of your home may be triggered by a change of seasons or special occasion, i.e. Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Sometimes it’s a special occasion called boredom that is the incentive and you are longing for an update and refresh that won’t break the bank. To help you get started, I share the following steps to get you started on a new look in your rooms.

1. Clear the Decks

Whatever the occasion or reason, start by ‘clearing the decks’ and cleaning the area you want to update. This will allow you to see the space clearly and in an uncluttered way and allow you to consider the space you are working with as well as what might look good on display in this area.

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2. Shop for Display Items

Next consider what treasures and items you have that will work together and create a fresh look in the space. I like to shop my home – the various rooms as well as storage – for items I want to use and which can be re-located. Are there items tucked away that haven’t been on display for a while? Are there items currently in the family room or a bedroom that would look perfect on the mantel of the living room fireplace or the dining room table?

This is one of my favourite parts of decorating and I am constantly moving items between the bedroom, the family room, the dining room, living room and bathroom (yes, you read that correctly!). I currently have a candy dish that doubles as a soap dish in the main bath but think it’s time to bring out to living room again.

To bring height to your display consider using pedestal cake plates to elevate candles or lanterns. An empty plant pot turned upside down is perfect for candles as well.

In this display I’ve used both a plant pot and a pedestal plate to provide height. Note the texture in the candle sticks as well which brings some visual interest.

In this display I’ve used both a plant pot and a pedestal plate to provide height. Note the texture in the candle sticks as well which brings some visual interest.

3. Balance

Attractive and beautiful displays have a balance that is made possible by the use of items of varying heights and sizes. Balance is also achieved by using an odd number of items – yes, it sounds counter intuitive but trust me here! Think 3, 5, 7 or more items, depending on the size of the area you are creating the display for since you don’t want to overcrowd or overwhelm your vignette.

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4. Negative Space

In order to highlight or feature a particular item and encourage the eye to move around the vignette, it is important to have negative or blank space around the items. Often we crowd our vignettes and it ends up drowning the display making it difficult to ‘see’ and appreciate the items we have included. Remember that ‘less is more’.

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5. Texture

Texture is critical in design and decor, especially when creating a display. Texture can be visual, found in the pattern on a plate or on a candle. Texture can also be tactile, for example, petals on a flower or the channels on a vase. Without texture displays (and rooms) look flat and one dimensional; layers of texture are necessary to bring vitality as well as create movement and curiosity.

Texture is included here in the garland as well as the split tropical leaves.

Texture is included here in the garland as well as the split tropical leaves.

The most important part of creating or styling a display is to have FUN! Style, re-style, experiment, play with the display. It costs nothing to keep moving things around until you have a look you love and is perfect for the space.

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