We have all been in homes, that have had various displays of collectibles. People like to collect items to show off their hobbies and strong interests. Many people will display these items throughout their homes, or in some cases, their entire property. This article will give some suggestions on how to maintain your own personal identity, without over doing it. Recently, I saw a television program called , “The Hoarders.” The program was about individuals, that bury themselves inside their homes with junk and items they can’t seem to give up. A specialist comes in and helps them through the process, of cleaning up their homes. You don’t need a specialist to do this. You can do it yourself and maintain your attachments, to the things you love so much. Here are some simple rules to follow, to help you through this process.
1. Avoid the literal. For example, if you love the images of boats, don’t have small figurines all over your home. Instead, pick a special piece of furniture, and have it upholstered with a fabric that has boats on it. This is a great way to express your love for boats and keep it simple at the same time.
2. Capture the essence. Don’t go overboard. If you love Angel figurines, place them in a glass cabinet for display. Don’t have the inside of your home look like heaven. Nobody knows what heaven looks like anyway. Instead, have one thing that draws attention to your angel collection. Use this one thing like a glass cabinet or bookshelf to display your figurines. this way, you capture the essence of your angel collection.
3. Zero in on one or two passions. If you collect many different things, go with just one or two of them. This keeps your home from looking cluttered. Used the right way, they can add beauty to your home. It is also easier, to upscale, if you have a few items. A cluttered home can also cause confusion and even safety problems. Keep your passion expression small. Pick the one or two, that you love the most.
4. Use the power of suggestion. Many times, just a simple item can suggest a representation of your passion. A surfboard in the corner, a baseball hat on a hat tree, apple designs on place mats and a statue of a wild animal, like a wolf, can show your passion for one thing.
5. Use something that functions. Make them accessible to yourself and others. A piano, guitar, beer mugs, Coca Cola drink coasters and anything that you might use. This can show your passion for a certain thing.
In some ways, your home is like a museum and you are the manager or curator of it. You want to collect personal items, express yourself and impress others. But, you don’t want to do it to excess. Going overboard gives people the idea that you are a hoarder. Instead, try to implement it into your home design.
resources; Sarah Barnardm, newsok.com