Demo Lesson

Chapter 1

1. Navigating the Presentation

2. Introduction

Chapter 2

1. General Guidelines...

2. General Guidelines (cont.)...

Chapter 3

1. Choosing Artwork

2. Hanging and Displaying...

Chapter 4

1. Choosing Accessories

2. Choosing Accessories (cont.)

3. Displaying Objects

Chapter 5

1. Grouping Artwork...

2. Growing Good Energy

3. How Does the TV Fit In?

Chapter 6

1. Summary

2. Conclusion


Displaying Objects


The art of displaying objects requires two things:

  1. That you set off an individual object so that nothing intrudes on its beauty.
  2. That you do something remarkable or interesting with objects that are otherwise unremarkable. 

As long as you follow these two principles, you can display objects in just about any way you can imagine. Maybe you'll want to hire a contractor to build floating shelves as an effective display area. Maybe you'll purchase a piece of furniture, such as a curio cabinet or bookcase, to house a collection. By using repetition, you can make a display of almost anything—Chinese tea pots, coral, lidded baskets, boxes, lanterns, candles, and so on. Remember to leave enough space around each object for the eye to enjoy it and discover its interest. Do not overcrowd. Be disciplined, and work to achieve balance. Think of a bookcase like a scale—you do not want it to tilt to one side, so group objects by size or shape accordingly. Use lighting to create an atmospheric glow around objects on display. 


Bottles on a shelf
Bottles on a shelf


You should also be conscious of how art, furniture, and accessories work together. Is the object or collection you're displaying connected to the rest of the design scheme? If you have a painting with an African theme, for example, try to place an object or craft nearby that repeats that note.


Often, all your careful accessorizing work falls victim to clutter after you leave. (Sometimes this even happens in our own homes if we're not vigilant, right?) You've spent weeks choosing all the right pieces to furnish and accessorize the room beautifully, and then the people come in with their stuff and begin to live in the space. But this doesn't have to mean that your beautiful room gets buried. One of your challenges is to help the occupants live in the space without allowing their stuff to take over. Always consider the storage needs of a room carefully. Are there children with toys to organize? Is there a desk with papers strewn about? Storage systems are extremely useful in maintaining the design of a space, and they can make great accessories, too. Trunks, storage ottomans, and shelving can work miracles. Make it as easy as you can for people to maintain good order in the rooms you design, and they'll be forever grateful to you. 


I hope you're starting to feel more confident about choosing accents for your space. In the next chapter, I have some helpful tips for you on how to group artwork and accessories, incorporate plants into a space, and handle an accessory that can leave designers scratching their heads, but which many clients will demand you find space for.