Friday, November 29, 2013

Tips on Showing Off

Vidicom CEO Christy Ferer provides a few tips on showing off your displays:

  • Contract color, texture, or size when displaying objects. Learn from nature. Things in the natural world never match. Some things tower over others. Colors don't follow rules about where they should or shouldn't go. Rough lies down next to smooth, Shiny and dull live side by side.
  • Relax when arranging objects on a tabletop. The more precisely placed things are, the more touchable they look. Collections should be shared. Guests will feel intimidated by a perfectly arranged display. See the beauty in unusual juxtapositions. Try for a sense of luxe minus fuss.
  • Be playful, not predictable. Try something quirky. A porcelain or silver plated piece of fruit mixed in with the real thing, a priceless Faberge egg in a real bird's nest, old perfume bottle tops on a fine silver bowl, glass balls lining the perimeter of the room.
  • Go casual . . . learn artwork against walls and stack books on tables and chairs, or even on the floor.
  • Use maps, line drawings, and black-and-white prints to give a sense of calm. Manipulate overscale lithographs, posters and oil paintings in vibrant colors to create a focal point.
  • Put anything silver on top of a mirrored surface.
  • Hang one of anything beautiful or interesting inside an empty, ornate picture frame or a bunch of them over a window or door.

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