I love being able to make a room look fabulous in an hour, without even buying anything. The thing that often lets room or a space down is the clutter or ‘stuff’ that gets in the way of seeing it clearly. Most of us have way too much stuff. Gifts. Things we bought on holiday. Things we’ve had for years, and by virtue of that fact alone now class as ‘sentimental’. Things that may be ‘valuable’ in terms of monetary value, but that we might not even like them very much. And all of these things accumulate in our homes.
Editing and arranging display professionally can give a room an instant lift, like a hair cut.
All that needs changed is the display and arrangements of possessions.
Unifying objects by colour, or shape or style is a good way to go. If you have a lot of books, again, sort them by colour or size. Sounds mad? A librarian from a University library actually told me that most people come in and ask for ‘the large red book on…’ – so it’s not such a crazy way of sorting them (despite initial sceptism from some quarters!)
Items usually look good grouped together rather than on their own – when they can look consigned to solitary confinement. For reasons I can’t explain, odd numbered grouping look best of all (three items look better than two or four). Here four carved tobacco holders, two bone snuff bottles and a chinese stone weight work together as they are all linked by their intricate carved designs.
A picture or artwork over a display helps anchor it.