When it comes to home décor, most people choose to display more traditional forms of art in their homes like painting and sculptures. I chose to mix traditional forms of art with my toy collections on display instead - which are a legitimate form of art as well, if you ask me. In order for a collection to add to your style and play a worthy role within your interior, as opposed to forming a distracting mess instead, is to organize and display your collection properly. How? Just follow these tips and don’t be afraid to try new ways of displaying your collection - experimenting makes the best things happen!
1. Categorize your collection
Categorizing is your point of departure: it’s much easier to start planning and strategizing once you know what you got and what you can do with it. It’s important to take note of the size of each collectible (especially larger items), as some might not fit the display method that you had in mind for them – you won’t be the first to overlook shelves limitations in terms of weight and height. When you’re busy organizing and categorizing your stuff, you can already start thinking of a display theme.
In my opinion, one of the best and easiest ways is to group your collectibles by type and theme. For obvious reasons, you do not want to display your cool batman figurines next to your wife’s Hello Kitty collection. Or display a Pikachu doll next to your wolverine statue even though they are the same color. Apart from theme, some people do organize their collection based on the color or size of their collectibles. Following the color pattern of a rainbow for example, gradually shifting from one color to the other. Not necessarily our thing, but go wild if this is what you like best for your collection!
2. Decide what presentation strategy to use
First questions you need to ask yourself is how you want to present your collection and whether you want your collection to blend in with your place or really stand out. If you want your collection to stand out, opt for a central position within your interior. In addition, you may want to present your collectibles in a more creative way than simply lining them up next to each other. Think action poses, play with color and use display accessories that make your collection hard to miss. If you want your collection to play a more subtle role in your interior, devote a less central place to your collection and/or use methods to visually create orderliness in your presentation.
If you find it difficult to visualize or if you just aren’t sure about the optimal presentation strategy just yet, what works really well is to take some pictures of the space(s) you consider as well as your collectibles. Simply upload them in Powerpoint or similar software to create a rough layout plan. Do try to work with the right scale between space and collectables. I used this approach many times before, and it’s really helpful to actually see how your collectibles mix and match. It’s a great way of trying out new stuff, like different wall colors – changing the color of a wall really makes a big different to the overall presentation, but isn’t something you would easily experiment with in real life. Once you are satisfied with your test layout, print it and start working on it!
3. Mix, match and play around!
Regardless of what strategy you chose and whether you prefer a thematic or color approach to display your collectibles, it’s always worth it to mix, match and try different setups. Both when you start displaying your collection for the first time as well as when you have collectibles on display already that need some fresh repositioning to bring new life into your display. Another cool mix and match approach is to mix and match collectibles with other items on display in order to create your own signature interior. A ninja figurine next to a Japanese vase, a framed comic backing up its figurine cover hero, or an abstract painting in which the colors of the collectibles on display in its vicinity come back. Just be creative and don’t be afraid to try out new combinations, you’d be surprised with the results!