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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2007 3:20 pm | Updated: 7:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

You’ve heard the old adage that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Well, never is this more true that with collectibles. Lesson 1: Collections are always a work in progress.

You’ve heard the old adage that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Well, never is this more true that with collectibles.

Lesson 1: Collections are always a work in progress.

Collectors everywhere understand this concept. For most collectors there is no upper limit.

It’s all about the thrill of the hunt. There is a real sense of excitement at finding a new and unusual addition, especially if it’s a bargain.

Lesson 2: You don’t have to show off your entire collection at once. Too much of a good thing can rapidly develop into clutter.

Why not divide your collection into groupings? Look through your collection to determine which items work best together.

For added interest, vary the shapes and colors in the display. After a few months, rotate a few pieces. I’ve found that your collections can be displayed by following a few simple tips.

Arrange items in odd-numbered groupings. For the greatest impact, display items in a single area rather than through your home.

To add visual interest, vary the heights in the grouping. You can create depth by alternating pieces from back to front instead of placing them in a line. Or you might try placing three objects in a triangular shape.

Consider varying the distance between shelves. To achieve a formal look, use symmetrical placement. For a more casual look, asymmetrical groupings work well.

It’s important shelves appear balanced. I place the largest items first. I try to alternate the heights from one shelf to another in a sort of zigzag pattern.

The next step is to begin to fill in the open spaces with smaller objects. Use different shapes and materials. Don’t be afraid to mix in some silk greenery. Shelves aren’t the only places to display collectibles. Achieve the unexpected by displaying smaller treasures on windowsills or larger items in a fireplace.

Your collections reflect your personality and style. Using them to accessorize your home doubles the fun of collecting. So go ahead: Display the frog collection with pride.

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