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China Cabinet Display Dos and Don’ts

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

A china cabinet isn’t just a piece of furniture; it houses the china that has become the fabric of precious memories during a lifetime of spending time with family and friends. Since china cabinets are designed to protect glassware and dishware from disasters and harmful environs, it might be tempting to try to fit in every piece of good china that you own. But the whole point of displaying your china at all is to show it off to its best advantage. There are some easy and simple ways to make room for everything while transforming your china cabinet into a focal point your dining room can be proud of.

Be Selective

To showoff your collectibles and china to its best advantage, be selective. In the display areas of your china cabinet place items so that they have room to breathe. Make the most of the storage sections not on view by rearranging things so that the same types of items are grouped together. You might be surprised at how much room you will be able to find. For smaller and/or lighter items, use shelving organizers to maximize the shelf’s holding capacity.

Pleasing to the Eye

Arrange the items you have chosen in an attractive manner. No matter where in your dining room the china cabinet is, it will be the room’s secondary focal point. Ensure that at least one shelf, preferably the middle one, includes items of varying heights. One of the simplest ways to do this is to include different sized jugs, vases or figurines. Another option is to include standing plates; if your china cabinet does not have plate grooves (sometimes referred to as plate rails), you can buy separate plate stands for each one you would like to display.

Make the Most of what you’ve Got

Glass attracts fingerprints, smudges and dust. Shine up the glass doors from time to time, so that people can admire what’s inside.

If there are features such as an interior light that was never hooked up or unused plate grooves, maybe now is the time. Anything that can help display your beautiful things to their best advantage should be utilized.

There’s no rule that says you have to display the same items year after year. Replace a few items every now and then with other treasures from your collection. You can also go seasonal, showcasing your collectible pumpkin plate in autumn or your Santa high ball glasses in December.

Showing Off – Displaying Collectibles to their Best Advantage

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Antiques, memorabilia and collectibles can be anything from a few treasured postcards to antiques to a hug (a collection of teddy bears). Sometimes though collecting can snowball, becoming problematic by taking up too much of your living space. Whether your collection is small or large, a “museum” approach is best; what you view in on display in museum is only a portion of its entire collection. By displaying only a few choice pieces and storing away the rest, you can showoff your treasured keepsakes to their best advantage. It will also give you the option, as in a museum environment, to change the display from time to time, according to the season, a special holiday, a specific occasion or just because you want to. Getting into the habit of rearranging your collection from time to time also helps to better integrate your “museum pieces” into your living space.

There are many ways to showoff your collections. A collection of teapots, decorative plates or antique jugs would be best displayed in the kitchen or the dining room on the shelves of a sideboard with a hutch like the Somerton Villa Madrid China Display Cabinet in Dusk Brown Finish

or a baker’s rack such as the Steve Silver Madrid Bakers Rack. Whether it’s a wood bakers rack or a metal bakers rack, bakers racks with open shelves are the ideal way to display and store collectibles or decorative items in a kitchen, dining room or even a family room.

Curio cabinets are cabinets specifically intended to showcase collectibles and other treasured keepsakes. Because of their unique design, a curio cabinet such as the Pulaski Chocolate Cherry 46 Inch Wide Curio Cabinet typically has mirrored back as well as glass sides, so that each piece in the collection can be viewed and appreciated from all angles.

Wall cabinets with glass doors or specially designed wall mounted curio cabinets like the Howard Miller Edmonton Wall Display Curio Cabinet are perfect for putting the spotlight on smaller collections of ornaments that might not require a standard sized curio cabinet but still need to be protected from dust and the environs (including curious little fingers).

Bookcases are another ideal way to make a special place for your treasured keepsakes. The Jesper Collection 16 L-Puzzle Shelf has a versatile and distinctive design. It can be used as a single unit on a tabletop or a sideboard or you can use two or three to customize it to your showoff your collection to its best advantage., trophies, a collection of dolls, antique jugs and other family treasures are important additions to interior design because they give our homes personality as well as a comfortable, lived-in look. Because no one else has the same collection, it also makes your home totally unique to you.

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